Australia is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world. This varied landscape offers up a variety of extraordinary Australian native extracts typically rich in vitamins and antioxidants which provide a powerhouse of goodness to help nourish and regenerate skin cells. Natives such as Kakadu Plum, containing one of the world’s highest concentrations of naturally occurring vitamin C, Kangaroo Paw, rich in essential fatty acids and Davidson Plum, an antioxidant powerhouse are just some of the native extracts we’ve chosen to use in the Alkira Skin Care range.
Protecting our precious landscape and environment has always been a priority for founders Alison Goodger and Simon O’Connor. As the original founders of Sukin, and now Alkira Skincare, their commitment to sustainability continues. “Our brands have and always will be considered and aware of our environmental impact and partnering with the Carbon Reduction Institute again was top on my priority list. Given the fragile nature of our environment, every business should work towards reducing their carbon footprint.” Alison Goodger
Climate Change Action
All Alkira products are certified carbon neutral by the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) under the NoCO2 Program. To achieve Carbon Neutral Product certification, Alkira undertook the following process:
- Commissioned a Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment of their products from CRI to quantify the carbon footprint of their products. CRI’s assessment relied upon delivery-specific data from Alkira, as well as published sources of relevant data and emissions factors.
- Committed to offset the emissions associated with their products through the purchase of units in approved projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) or Gold Standard (GS) on a quarterly basis, and
- Committed to ongoing reporting and auditing of their product emissions through quarterly sales reporting.
What does Carbon Neutral Service Certification mean?
By meeting the requirements of the NoCO2 Program, Alkira products are certified as Carbon Neutral Products by CRI; can be promoted and marketed as such and can display the Carbon Neutral Product Logo issued by CRI.
What Carbon Credit Project does Alkira purchase offsets from?
India: Clean energy from biomass
Environmental problems in India are growing rapidly. The increasing economic development and a rapidly growing population that has taken the country from 300 million people in 1947 to more than one billion people today is putting a strain on the environment, infrastructure, and the country’s natural resources.
India’s air pollution is exacerbated by its heavy reliance on coal for power generation. Coal supplies more than half of the country’s energy needs and is used for nearly three-quarters of electricity generation. While India is fortunate to have abundant reserves of coal to power economic development, the burning of this resource, especially given the high ash content of India’s coal, has come at a cost in terms of public health risk and environmental degradation.
Reliance on coal as the major energy source has led to a nine-fold jump in carbon emissions over the past forty years. The government estimates the cost of environmental degradation has been running at 4.5% of GDP in recent years.
Biomass projects are implemented in small or large industrial plants. Their aim is to utilize agricultural waste or other non-renewable biomass residues as fuel to generate power and to lower the plants’ dependence on the local grid for electricity. Before the implementation of the project, the electricity needs of such plants were met by power from a coal dominated grid. To meet the rising energy demands in production, a new efficient biomass boiler was installed together with a steam turbine, producing both steam and electricity. The new boilers are fuelled with locally available agricultural waste instead of traditional, emission intensive coal.
Before the start of the project, these agricultural residues were not used. They were either burned without harnessing the resulting thermal energy, or simply left to decay, thereby generating methane emissions. The plant’s steam and electricity requirements can be now supplied by the new cogeneration unit. The investment required for the installation of the new cogeneration unit could not have been raised were it not for the revenue from sales of carbon credits.
Beyond the reduction of greenhouse gases these projects contribute to local sustainable development by:
- Creating jobs
- Creating additional income for farmers from agricultural waste
- Alleviating the load on the unstable regional electricity grid
- Reducing emissions
- Creating a business case for regional empowerment through environmentally friendly technology, and
- By utilizing locally available, sustainable fuel sources thereby reducing the dependence on energy imports on a national level.