Architects EAT has been in business for a long time. Over the last 20 years we’ve said our goal as a practice was to design to the scope of human existence. That now includes taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of our projects and our office operations. We know that accepting this climate challenge as a part of our architectural story will make our projects more challenging, but also more distinctive and provocative, so we are going to strive for it. Nothing excites us more than finding new solutions to the everyday. We’re here to bring that EXTRA TO THE ORDINARY.
Climate Change Action
Architects EAT achieved carbon neutral certification on 04/03/2022. To achieve this status and become carbon neutral Architects EAT undertook the following process:
- Commissioned a NoCO2 audit from CRI to measure their carbon footprint for FY2020. CRI’s NoCO2 audit follows the standards outlined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (1), in addition to the international standard ISO 14064.1 (2).
- Have committed to offset their unavoidable emissions through the purchase of units in approved projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), and
- Committed to ongoing annual auditing of their emissions.
What does NoCO2 Certification mean?
By meeting the requirements of the NoCO2 Program, Architects EAT is certified as a Carbon Neutral Business by CRI; can be promoted and marketed as such and can display the NoCO2 Logo issued by CRI.
What Carbon Credit Projects does Architects EAT 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.