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ClimateAct: Enterprises reducing their carbon footprint

Octopush commits with Climate ACT to reduce its carbon footprint to become an environmentally responsible company.

The greenhouse gas emissions and their impact to environment

The greenhouse gases (GHG) are those exiting in the atmosphere with the capability to intercept the infrared light. Infrared rays coming from the sun are reflected upwards by the Earth’s ground.

Since the GHG are cloudy, they don’t allow the passage of those rays to the space, capturing the thermal energy close to the Earth’s surface, where it heats the atmosphere.

Every human activity generates greenhouses gases. Even breathing produces CO2, which it’s only second in volume after water droplets from all the GHG from natural origin.

Since water is a natural compound that functions cyclically in the environment, even human action does not create a serious disturbance to the atmosphere; however, carbon dioxide emissions are responsible for 65% of the additional greenhouse effect caused by humans.

What is the Climate Act?

Climate Act is a collective of small French companies, even startups, who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint during the year 2021.

As for now we are 241 committed enterprises!

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How to know how much CO2 do we produce?

To start taking actions to help the environment, it is necessary to understand where Octopush stands as a company. That’s why, the first action we are intending to take under the Climate Act, it’s to learn what is our carbon footprint by the end of 2021.

We have hired Sami, company specialized in measuring the carbon footprint, to analyse all activities inside our company and from our employees. All of them under three scopes.

Scope 1:

About activities inside the perimeter of Octopush. For the creation of our products or the development of our services. Do we use system or tools that emit by themselves carbon dioxide?

‍Scope 2:

Activities outside the perimeter of Octopush. Even though they don’t generate CO2 by themselves, they require the production of greenhouse gases to be executed.

For example, what is the source of the electricity we use in our workplace?

Scope 3:

Every other emission linked to the company, like those coming from good and services providers, logistics, waste treatment, etc.

Our carbon footprint in transparency

By sharing our findings with all the companies that are part of the Climate Act, Octopush will be able to execute collective actions. In order to decrease carbon dioxide emissions or ideally, reach carbon neutrality.

This does not mean reducing our carbon emissions to zero. Rather, we expect a balance between our carbon footprint and the method we will follow to counteract these emissions.

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Climate Act is a voluntary movement, but its intention is to become the model. We want to inspire current legislation to address global warming. Our aim is that legislators command companies, regardless of their size, to implement a plan to curb GHG generation.

Actions to save the environment

Carbon offsetting consists of exchanging our carbon emissions quota for actions that ensure the reduction of greenhouse gases. Generally, this is achieved in two ways:

By participating in projects with the goal of curbing the gas emissions

To avoid the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, there is no better way than not generating anything at all.

To seek measures such as implementing renewable energy methods, or cutting expenses in the use of natural gas.

Supporting carbon sequestration projects

Here, the most obvious way is reforestation, however there are many other ways.

It is also possible to capture atmospheric carbon by encouraging the development of phytoplankton in the oceans or by creating subsoil wells that keep biological waste likely to emit CO2 during its decomposition.