Being Carbon Neutral means having a net balance of greenhouse gas emissions equal to zero. Among the first companies in Europe to do so, Alcantara achieved this ambitious goal already in 2009, obtaining the much-coveted Carbon Neutrality certification from one of the most severe and strict international certifying bodies: TÜV SÜD.
At the time Carbon Neutrality was measured against the full production chain, in accordance with the well-known criterion "from cradle to gate". Carbon Neutrality therefore certified that Alcantara's entire production cycle, from raw materials to delivering products to customers, produced a zero CO2 footprint.
In 2011 we took a further step in our commitment to the environment and extended the measurements to include the whole product life cycle, i.e. "from cradle to grave". Therefore, since 2011 Alcantara has had total Carbon Neutrality covering not only its production process but also the stages of product usage and disposal and all the emissions resulting from the company's corporate activities.
The Carbon Neutrality goal, which required enormous effort throughout the company, was reached through the coordinated implementation of a series of targeted actions:
• scrupulous measurement of overall CO2 contribution;
• drastic reduction of CO2 emissions. Thanks to its actions in terms of plant modernisation, process rationalisation, technical equipment upgrading, energy sourcing and waste water treatment, Alcantara succeeded in reducing its CO2 emissions by as much as 49%;
• offset of residual emissions by joining the U.N.-coordinated international compensation programme.
So, in order to complete its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, Alcantara has since 2009 offset its non-eliminable CO2 emissions by participating in a number of international projects, governed and coordinated by the U.N., that help to improve the planet's economic, social and environmental conditions (see world map below).
By supporting these projects, Alcantara offsets its activity's residual emissions, therefore achieving a zero greenhouse gas emissions footprint. In line with all its other efforts aimed at sustainability, this operation, too, is certified each year by TÜV SÜD.