MONTREAL, June 6, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - On June 5, 2013, at a news
conference held in Parc Jacques-Cartier, in Sherbrooke, Enviro-access
awarded Carbon CareTM certification ― Compensated emissions to the Canada Summer Games ― Sherbrooke 2013. It is the first event to
receive this certification.
"The host organization of the Canada Summer Games ― Sherbrooke 2013 has
shown leadership by organizing the first event to obtain Carbon CareTM certification ― Compensated emissions. This certification confirms the
high-level commitment made by the host organization to manage its
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions responsibly," explained Enviro-access
president and CEO Manon Laporte.
The Canada Summer Games ― Sherbrooke 2013 organizers have drawn up an
inventory of their GHG emissions before even staging the games. They
have also drafted and implemented an action plan to reduce these
emissions. Lastly, they have offset their emissions by buying carbon
credits. In a context where the public is both increasingly aware of
the need for action to protect the environment, particularly regarding
GHG emissions, and increasingly critical of organizations that neglect
to do so, the actions certified here stand out as a remarkable
achievement on the part of the organizers of a sporting event.
"We are particularly proud not only of having succeeded in obtaining
Carbon CareTM certification, but also of having organized sustainable games,
outfitted with equipment especially designed for managing residual
materials and potable water. This achievement required a genuine and
concrete commitment from all members of the team," declared Patrice
Cordeau, director, Sustainable Development Service for the Canada
Summer Games ― Sherbrooke 2013.
Carbon CareTM certification by Enviro-access ― Event Category
This recognition confirms that an event organizer is sensitive to its
potential impact on climate change and proactive in managing the gas
emissions produced in the planning and staging of the event. In
addition, it attests that the organizer has prepared an inventory of
its GHG emissions, prior to the event, based on the requirements of ISO standard 14064-1 and including
emissions from relevant sources, such as:
buildings and spaces occupied
equipment used on the sites.
The organizers must also provide tangible proof of initiatives taken
that clearly show their commitment to reducing their GHG emissions both
before and during the event. In this respect, the Canada Summer Games ―
Sherbrooke 2013 organizers have exceeded all expectations by developing
and applying not only a GHG emission reduction plan containing numerous
measures aimed at reducing their energy consumption and hence their GHG
emissions, but also:
a sustainable development policy;
an environmentally responsible procurement policy;
an environmentally responsible action plan.
Carbon CareTM certification ― Compensated emissions
Organizations wishing to go even further in their commitment have the
option of compensating for their emissions by entering into an
agreement to purchase and withdraw GHG emission reductions in order to
offset all the emissions quantified in the GHG inventory of their
event. These organizations then qualify for Carbon CareTM certification ― Compensated emissions.
Carbon CareTM certification is intended for private and public companies, as well as
municipalities, financial and educational institutions, and events.
Enviro-access has been counselling public and private organizations in
their sustainable development and GHG emission reduction projects for
two decades. Its team of specialists is considered to rank among the
most experienced in Quebec and Canada when it comes to assisting in the
execution of projects related to GHG emission reduction. The company
also quantifies, validates, and audits GHG emissions.
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