CARBON FREE – GREENHOUSE GAS OFFSET
All activities in industry and society emit greenhouse gases (GHG), whose increasing concentration in the atmosphere leads to global warming, thus making reductions in greenhouse gas emissions a worldwide concern.
Within this context, the Local Organizing Committee of HTAi 2011 has signed a partnership with CarboClima with the aim of turning the event into an example of sustainability. CarboClima is a Brazilian environmental consulting company specializing in greenhouse gas management.
The event is expected to receive approximately one thousand participants, in addition to the number of professionals involved on an on-going basis. An event of this magnitude has the potential to generate a large amount of greenhouse gases, but it also provides an opportunity to demonstrate a difference as an activity conducted with environmental responsibility.
CarboClima will produce an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions generated during the production and the event itself, using the GHG Protocol, a methodology developed by the WRI (World Resources Institute). The calculations are based on research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body consisting of some 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries that provides the backing for United Nations decisions on climate change, like the Kyoto Protocol.
In developing the inventory, CarboClima identifies and tabulates the emission sources. Based on the results, an analysis will be done on GHG management opportunities aimed at using best practices to achieve reduction, reuse, and recycling in order to reduce such emissions. The emissions that cannot be avoided will be compensated for through voluntary mitigation measures.
CarboClima will participate in and assist the LOC in all stages of the HTAi 2011 Conference.