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CO2 positiv besser als CO2 neutral

CO2 positive, better than CO2 neutral

Our medium-term goal is that our company not only produces CO2-neutrally, but also becomes CO2-positive. How do we do it? The solution is simple and efficient: with the acquisition of fallow land, which we will reforest. In this way, we bind vast amounts of CO2 and compensate our CO2 emissions many times over. Because the rule of thumb states that each hectare of forest can store 6 tons of CO2 per year. For comparison, every Swiss citizen has an average annual CO2 emission of approx. 4.4 tons. Through the sustainable reforestation of forests, we bind CO2 and increase biodiversity.

We will keep you informed about the status of our CO2 positive project in our blog and provide you with updates.

What does carbon neutrality mean?
Being carbon neutral means that the amount of carbon (carbon dioxide, also called CO2) emitted equals the amount of carbon absorbed from the atmosphere, thanks to carbon sinks such as forests absorbing and storing more carbon from the atmosphere, than they emit (European Parliament, 2021).

For a company to be carbon neutral, it usually first reduces its carbon (CO2) emissions as much as possible. It then invests in carbon sinks (offsets) to offset the remaining amount of carbon emitted by its activity. If the company's total carbon emissions equal the amount of emissions reduced by the carbon offsets, the company is considered carbon neutral.

What is net zero and how is it different from carbon neutrality?
Net Zero is a similar concept to "Carbon Neutral" but goes beyond pure carbon emissions and is typically broader in scope. Net zero means that all greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere are equal to the greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere on a global scale (ClimateSeed, 2021). In other words, net-zero emissions will be reached when human activities stop causing global warming.

Crucially, net-zero emissions include all greenhouse gases, not just carbon dioxide.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the best-known greenhouse gas. However, there are others such as: methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N20) (David Suzuki Foundation, 2021).

Some companies will be able to eliminate all sources of greenhouse gases from their operations. This is called absolute zero and requires no compensation. However, most will not be able to meet this target and will have to purchase offsets to account for the greenhouse gases emitted. The combination of these two approaches is included in Net Zero.

To stop global warming, net zero must be achieved on a global scale. In addition, it must be permanent, ie the greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere are not released again. For example, in forest fires, the greenhouse gases bound in the trees are released back into the atmosphere. While individual and private sector action are crucial, action at national government levels also needs to be taken to achieve net-zero emissions (United Nations, 2020) and that is why COP26 is so important.

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