A carbon footprint is historically defined as "the total sets of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an organization, event and products.
The total carbon footprint cannot be calculated because of the large amount of data required and the fact that carbon dioxide can be produced by natural occurrences. A measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) emissions of a defined population, system or activity, considering all relevant sources, sinks and storage within the spatial and temporal boundary of the population, system or activity of interest. Calculated as carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) using the relevant 100-year global warming potential (GWP100).
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) can be emitted through construction, Hospitals, transport, land clearance, and the production and consumption of food, fuels, manufactured goods, materials, wood, roads, buildings, and services. For simplicity of reporting, it is often expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent of other GHGs, emitted. Carbon footprints is used as a measure of carbon emissions to develop the energy, Carbon footprints are much more specific than ecological footprints since they measure direct emissions of gases that cause climate change finally resulting Global Warming.
Corporate Environmental Liability and Sustainability is at the heart of business and it is increasingly becoming an integral part of strategy of Companies. Governments, Companies and Communities alike feel greater need of initiatives which promises to bridge inequity and bring about inclusive growth. These days all the stakeholders including Employees, Stockholders, Consumers, Suppliers, Distributors, Community and Environment expect a higher degree of transparency and accountability from businesses. Therefore the way a company goes on carrying its business and its stakeholders is paramount to the company.
1. Department of Public Enterprises made it mandatory for Central Public Sector Enterprises to allocate 1%-5% of the PAT of the previous year for Corporate Environmental Liability and Sustainability Activities. DPE Guidelines for CEL and Sustainability 2013 is a major development from the previous CSR&CEL Guidelines 2010 and SD Guidelines 2011, where both CEL and Sustainability have been merged with a single focus to bring about more inclusive growth, protect and preserve the environment to achieve sustainable growth.
2. The Companies Bill 2012 asks companies to report on the earmarked 2% of average net profit of the preceding three years for Corporate Environmental Liability (CEL), CSR activities. This is applicable for companies having a net profit of 5 crores or turnover of 1000 crores or net worth of 500 crore.
As a precursor to this the “National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business (NVGs) was released by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in 2011. The 9 core principles of the NVGs play a quintessential role by providing policy inputs for better management of CEL and Sustainability within and outside organization.
3. SEBI mandates inclusion of Business Responsibility Reports (“BR reports”) as part of the Annual Reports for listed entities. Therefore, in line with the objective to enhance the quality of disclosures of companies.
An individual's, nations, or organization's carbon footprint can be measured by undertaking a GHG emissions assessment or other calculative activities denoted as carbon accounting. Once the size of a carbon footprint is known, a strategy can be devised to reduce it, e.g. by environmental protection , Planting Trees , technological developments, better process and product management, changed Green Public or Private Procurement (GPP), carbon capture, consumption strategies, carbon offsetting and others.
Carbon footprint surveyors use a CFP calculators to calculate an organisation carbon foot print, by calculating number of vehicles used, Office and factory size, usage of electricity, water usage, number of staffs , Fuels used annually , machineries or large equipments used . Recreational activities, heating, and heavy appliances such as dryers and refrigerators, and so on. The surveyor then estimates your carbon footprint based on your answers to these questions. A systematic literature review was conducted to objectively determine the best way to calculate corporate carbon footprints
The mitigation of carbon footprints through the development of alternative projects, such as solar or wind energy or reforestation, represents one way of reducing a carbon footprint and is often known as carbon offsetting..
Save Tree Save Life Organization is amongst the first professional organization specializing in the field of Corporate Environmental Liability and Sustainability in India. We assist companies in developing, implementing, and evaluating relevant CEL and Sustainability programmes.
In the past 5 years we have worked with several Central Public Sector Enterprises, Multi Nationals Companies, Large Indian Business House, Medium Enterprises and Non Governmental Organizations to mainstream CEL through conducting CEL Baseline and Need Assessment Studies resulting in identification of sustainable and need based projects, Implementation of the programmes and 3rd Party Evaluation of CEL initiatives of the clients.
Through our hard core research and training we have build capacity in the organizations to equip them to deal with multiple aspects of CEL within and outside organizations. We have helped companies through robust information, Case studies, CEL reports, Newsletters and Sustainability reports to reach out to relevant stakeholder and make a meaningful impact. In this period our work has extended to more than 16 states in above 60 districts across the country. Our Baseline and Need Assessment studies have helped companies identify the burning need with the impoverished and vulnerable community in remote parts of the country and address them in time through well designed self sustainable projects. Thus we have helped reach out to more than 10 million beneficiaries through several CEL and Sustainability projects.
SSTSL has started operations in many parts of Western Ghats, especially in Munnar , Bodinagallur , Karnataka and is working towards planting 1 million trees for the world balance from carbon emission. STSL social venture is also into off-grid village electrification through renewable energy, and have also delivered households by providing CFL Lighting and mobile charging points and electricity to farmers for irrigation at 33% lower cost than their diesel consumption
Our team has been a great strength working in remotest part of the country, with disadvantaged and the most vulnerable and recording the real need on the ground to communicate to the client. They have been working strenuously to bring light to the villages erstwhile into darkness. STSL has a dynamic team comprising of professional from different educational background like MBA. Economics, Engineering, M.B.B.S,MSW, Medicals and Communications with experience ranging from 5 to 25 years.
In coming years STSL would wish to contribute to inclusive growth of the country by engaging with Government, Corporate and Social Sector to mainstream CEL and Sustainability and reach out to the needy and disadvantaged in different parts of the country through more innovative and sustainable initiatives.
Corporate Environmental Liability (CEL) has been defined in various ways by scholars, authors and institutions, but one of the most ideal definition has been provided by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which says "Corporate Environmental Liability is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically and contribute to nature balance & economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the local communities and society at large."
They say ‘the best carbon is the one that is avoided.’
But how would you offset the residual emission that you have not yet been able to avoid?
Planting 12 trees is done to offset the carbon footprint of 1 tonne of CO2
With the carbon from trees you can compensate or offset your carbon footprint and work towards carbon neutrality.
We are working with tree planting partners to be able to provide an opportunity to organisations and individuals to plant broad-leaved trees in India. Most of the planting takes place in Forest Department areas , private land donated areas , STSL Tree Bank and all are high quality cell grown 'whips' (year old saplings) that are tagged with unique identification codes.
By planting trees you will not only be offsetting carbon emissions, but also helping provide wildlife habitat for many hundreds of years, and passing on to future generations a fascinating and highly valuable ecological heritage.
Trees and plants sequester (i.e. absorb) the atmospheric carbon as part of the process of photosynthesis, which enables them to grow. Through this process, carbon dioxide is converted into stored carbon, and this is why trees are sometimes referred to as ‘carbon sinks'.
Apart from the aspect of “Doing Good”, there are defined strategic benefits of taking up CEL and Sustainability initiatives, which makes it a win-win scenario for the corporate as well as society. Some of the benefits are provided below:
Schemes to reduce carbon emissions:
Carbon Offsetting & Certification programmes.
Carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, and the emissions of other GHGs, are often associated with the burning of fossil fuels, like natural gas, crude oil and coal. While this is harmful to the environment, carbon offsets can be purchased in an attempt to make up for these harmful effects.
Green Business Non-emission certificates:
- Certified Emission Reduction (CER)
- Emission Reduction Unit (ERU)
- Verified Emission Reduction (VER)
Engagement in CEL activities helps the companies manage emerging social risks which may emerge as an offshoot of their operational activities. As a result the companies get a social license to operate, which helps maintain a positive image in the market and winning the confidence of people.
Strengthened Brand Positioning:
Through CEL, companies can positively influence the perception of the people. Thus strengthening the brand image in the eyes of the consumers, community, regulators, employees and the suppliers.
Increased Sales and Market share:
Consumers like to be associated with a company, which is ethical and has a positive image. Many companies have become innovative and started contributing a certain portion of their sales to certain cause. This has 2 fold benefits; it increases the brand image as well as helps in differentiating the product from their direct competitors and hence increases in sales.
Increased ability to attract, motivate and retain employees:
CEL helps companies to be known as a responsible corporate citizen with sensitivity towards social and environmental issues. Such an image of the corporate helps employees and communities ally with the corporate Vision and Mission, as they all feel alike and contribute towards a common goal.
Increased appeal to investors and financial analysts:
There are many financial institutions globally, which have made it part of their policy to study the CEL activities of the company before investing. M&A decisions are also taken after consideration of CEL and Sustainability activities, even if it makes perfect economic sense for the investors.
Enhanced Corporate Image:
CEL helps in enhancing the image of a company, which helps in long term strategy. It allows the company to have certain respect in different circles and also the positive image of the top management.
Developing CEL Strategy & Vision
We help the Client in development of their CEL Strategy with defined vision, mission and objectives after undertaking thorough Research.
Baseline Survey/ Need Assessment Studies
We conduct Need Assessment for CEL projects of companies, which will help the company, identify real need on the ground and intervene with impactful Sustainable CEL Projects.
Implementation & Partnerships
We help in joint implementation of the CEL projects through our expertise and wide partnership network with the NGOs and Specialized agencies across the country.
CEL Impact Assessment/ Concurrent Monitoring & CEL Evaluation
We undertake monitoring of the CEL projects on behalf of companies and conduct evaluation and 3rd party impact assessment to assess the actual impact of the initiatives on the targeted communities.
We provide CEL and Sustainability training programs and offer long-term support/ handholding for organization's senior and middle management to enable the company to implement its policies, deliver the road-map and effectively use sustainability management tools
CEL Reporting & Communications
We help the companies in reaching out to the relevant stakeholders through CEL reports, Annual reports, Sustainability reports, Website reporting and Newsletters.
Healthcare Need Assessment:
STSL undertakes Healthcare Need Assessment Studies for organizations to identify unmet health and health care needs of a population and suggest changes to meet those unmet needs. It helps organizations to plan effective health care projects.
Program Implementation & Monitoring and Evaluation:
We help in implementation of health care programs like running of Medical Mobile Vans, Health Clinics, Camps, Awareness programs for companies as part of their CEL initiative. We specialize in building sustainable healthcare projects.
Public Health Consultancy:
STSL works with government departments, multilateral organizations and other related organizations to provide consultancy services on quality improvement of public health care services.
Broadly we provide the following services which are customized depending upon the project requirements.
- Health Need Assessment & Market survey
- Detailed Project Report
- Project Management Consultancy (PMC)
- Bio Medical Equipment consultancy and commissioning
- Research and development for implementing technology solutions.