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Deciem Extends Sustainability Strategy Using Renewable Energy Sources

July 21, 2022
July 21, 2022
Deciem

The UN emission gap report states that global emissions have to be reduced by 50% by 2030, with a net-zero goal required by 2050 in order to avoid a 3°C temperature rise in this century, and all the consequences that come with it such as prolonged droughts, heat waves, and extreme weather events.

Deciem is therefore using its climate change strategy to not only offset carbon emissions but also utilize renewable solar and wind energy sources to reduce them overall. These alternative power wells will be used to run its UK and Netherlands outposts. In the US, Canada, and Australia, where directly sourcing these energies isn't possible at the present moment, Deciem will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). The company is extending this approach to remotely working employees (which represent 25% of the Deciem workforce) as well, purchasing RECs to offset emissions for these employees, in the equivalent amount to the energy used by their offices, which closed in March 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

"We’ve already invested more than $150,000 (CAD) to make sure Deciem’s global home offices’ electricity consumption is covered by renewable energy—but it doesn’t end there. The pandemic has forever changed the way we work; we’re in a hybrid model where people work from home and the office. We’ve continued to buy RECs to cover work-from-home electricity consumption to ensure our operations, beyond scopes 1 and 2, are carbon neutral and greening the grid," states Senior Director of Sustainability & Social Impact Jackie Kankam.

The company has also overhauled its e-commerce shipments, ensuring these are carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets with the Verified Carbon Standard stamp of approval provided by the Darkwoods Forest Carbon Project.

As part of its ongoing The Good Fund initiative, the Canadian brand is also partnering with Indigenous Clean Energy (ICE) and the Nunatsiavut Government to help Inuit communities across Nain, Rigolet, Hopedale, Postville, and Makkovik switch over to renewable energy sources through solar PV installations. “Since inception, we have donated to global disaster relief events such as Afghanistan and Ukraine and also small grassroots initiatives. We recognize that in order to support the energy transition, we need to look beyond Deciem's carbon footprint. As a result, we donated 100K to the Nunatsiavut government, to aid the community in transitioning from diesel energy to solar, supporting solar panels on four community centers,” Kankam states, adding: “Our goal is to strengthen our commitment to the Earth by expanding our renewable energy use and bringing our Deciem family on our climate change mitigation journey. Using renewable energy and renewable energy credits is an important step to ensure we are relying less and less on traditional energy sources and hugging the Earth a little tighter."

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