Climate Change

Any public or private organization needs to have CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND ACCOUNTING TOOLS to measure and analyse the environmental aspects and potential impacts of their production activity. Through the use of these methodologies, knowledge and understanding of the environmental footprint is enhanced and they can also be very helpful to design plans and strategies to improve sustainability. 

Climate change mitigation and adaptation need of a “toolbox” that enable us to know, prevent and reduce our activity impacts and deal with the challenges associated with climate change: climate model projections, risk analysis and environmental vulnerability, climate change indicators, carbon footprint, GHG emission inventories, etc.

MITIGATION

 
Reducing GHG emissions caused by human activity, is linked to fossil energy generation and consumption (transport, housing, commercial, institutional, industry, etc), and, to a lesser extent, to farming emissions ( use of fertilizers, livestock population emissions), waste management and use of fluorinated gases. Transport is the largest consumer of energy (40%).
 
We have a wide experience in developing:

–  Climate Change strategies (adaptation and mitigation)

–  Environmental vulnerability reports

–  Developing of GHG emission inventories 

–  Environmental indicators

–  Mitigation sectoral diagnosis (industry, agriculture, waste, transport, energy production, fishing, housing)

–  Carbon footprint 

–  Calculation of the carbon sequestration potential of forest

–  Energy saving plans

–  Sound chemicals management

–  Emissions measurement campaigns, etc

We also provide advise on the creation of public-private consortiums and designing working teams for multidisciplinary projects.

ADAPTATION 

Natural and urban environments are suffering the consequences of climate change. The loss of biodiversity, the disappearance of habitats, the scarcity of resources and raw materials have a direct and indirect impact on organizations.
 
In agriculture, adaptation to climate change, is likely to involve the abandonment of certain crops, searching of fertile soils at higher altitudes, selection of the most resilient species, more efficient irrigation techniques, etc.
 
There are also some other resources which can be severely affected and have a cross-cutting effect on any activity. For example, scarcity of water resources to generate electric energy may lead to get more fossil fuel to cover the deficit.
 
Climate change vulnerability is an aspect that any organization should know, whether public or private, to be prepared to take all necessary steps if the environmental risk becomes a fact.

 

 

Climate change is transforming the economy: Cubo Verde is advising their clients throughout the decision-making process to guarantee the resilience and best adaptation of their activity.

CARBON FOOTPRINT

 

We help companies to define and measure their carbon footprint and carry out the lifecycle analysis of their product, process or activity in order to determine the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated and develop and strategy to reduce them.

Every activity, product or service generates some effects on our environment: using and processing of raw materials, energy consumption, use of logistical resources, etc. Everything impacts in some way, from the organization and celebration of Festimad, to the manufacture of a soda can or a football match. 

Carbon footprint is a powerful and extremely useful tool to know the total amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) that are emitted, by direct or by indirect effect of an individual, organisation, event or product.

Measure and quantify these impacts, allow to design an strategy and the steps to reduce them: purchase of green energy with renewable source certificate, replacement of cooling gases by less pollutant ones, to require sustainability requirements to suppliers, etc.

 

In addition, carbon footprint is a differentiating element for the like-minded organizations to develop a more sustainable and decarbonized activity, that contributes to make society as a whole aware to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

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LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT 

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a methodological process that evaluate the environmental loads associated to any production system or activity, identifying and quantifying the amount of material and energy used, the generation of waste and assessing the environmental impacts associated with them.
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LCA is applied to waste minimization, redesigning of products, activities, processes and the raw material used.  This methodology allow us to opt for the best available techniques (BAT), the modification of equipment,  changes in raw materials, use of new fuels, etc.

 

It is clear that LCA is a powerful tool that enable us to “rethink” the pattern of consumption of our society, erradicate our disposable culture and create a more sustainable economy of products and services that take into account the entire lifecycle.