Elenberg Fraser – not your average architecture firm. An integrated design practice operating across the Asia-Pacific region, our buildings prove that good design leads to economic, social and cultural benefits.
At Elenberg Fraser, sustainable thinking has become an integral part of our design process forming part of our design DNA, fostering further opportunities for innovative and progressive design. Elenberg Fraser does not simply aim to keep up with industry standards, but rather act as a force in driving sustainable thinking forward, challenging current paradigms and bringing Elenberg Fraser to the forefront of sustainable architecture. Through continual advocacy, training, research, and learning, we seek to foster a culture around sustainability which is positive, engaging, meaningful and enriching to ourselves, our clients, our colleagues, our projects, our communities, and our natural world.
We’ve implemented simple sustainability strategies, progressive thinking and innovative technologies into our immediate working environment to reduce our impact on the planet. Environmentally sustainable building design begins with the architect. Our vision is for buildings to have it all: sensory architecture and environmental benefits with no added costs. As part of this commitment, we are proud to call Elenberg Fraser a carbon-neutral company.
What does NoCO2 Certification mean?
By meeting the requirements of the NoCO2 Program, Elenberg Fraser 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. To achieve this status and become carbon neutral Elenberg Fraser undertook the following process:
1. 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).
2. Have committed to offset their unavoidable emissions through the purchase of units in approved projects under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard, and
3. Committed to ongoing annual auditing of their emissions.
What Carbon Credit Projects does Elenberg Fraser purchase offsets from?
India: Clean Energy from Wind Project
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.
Investments in clean energy sources, such as wind, are therefore considered to be essential both in the interest of the environment and for public health reasons. Wind projects partially displace electricity currently generated from grid-connected conventional fossil fuel-based thermal power plants, while reducing emissions. Wind Projects reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and limit local air pollution, curtailing its negative health impacts. In addition to its environmental benefits, the implementation of the project creates job opportunities for local workers, contractors, and suppliers, while the operation and maintenance of the wind park generate long-term employment positions.