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Climate neutral production

Carbon Offset

Building our Products will always have an environmental footprint. At Fanatic, we strive to minimize this footprint whenever possible. Check the "OUR MISSION" tab for details. We take these efforts very seriously because we are responsible for future generations to be able to enjoy our amazing sports in incredible surroundings as well. One important measure we take for this year is the compensation of carbon emissions generated by the production and transportation of our products. In shorT: All of our Windsurfing and SUP Composite Boards will be produced climate-neutral from our 2021 Models onwards by offsetting all carbon emissions caused.

How does it work

Carbon offset projects demonstrably save greenhouse gases through activities such as afforestation or renewable energies. Independent organizations such as TÜV, SGS, PwC, and others check the exact volume saved. The project operator can finance the project through the sale of certified emission reductions. Only projects requiring additional financial support are recognized as carbon offset projects.

Criteria

Internationally recognized standards for Carbon Offset Projects

 

ADDITIONALITY

It must be ensured that the project can only be realized if it receives additional financing through emissions trading. This means the project must be reliant upon emissions trading in order to cover its financial needs.

EXCLUSION OF DOUBLE COUNTING

It must be ensured that the carbon emissions saved are only counted once — by the certificate owner. In particular, this means that certificates may only be sold once and then have to be retired.

PERMANENCE

Emissions savings must take place permanently. For example, carbon sequestration in forests must be long-term in nature. A reforested area that is turned back into a livestock pasture through slash-and-burn farming a few years later cannot receive recognition as a carbon offset project.

AUDITING ON A REGULAR BASIS BY INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTIES

Carbon offset projects must be audited in regular intervals according to the criteria listed above. Independent third parties such as TÜV, SGS, or PwC perform these audits. Audits like these retroactively determine the actual volume of carbon emissions saved. 

CALCULATING EMISSIONS

The calculation of each product´s carbon footprint is based on several factors such as raw materials, energy used during production, packaging and logistics. The calculation is done to gain information about the total amount of CO2, which is emitted to the atmosphere by the production of the product. CO2 emissions are measured in tons of CO2.

OFFSETTING EMISSIONS

The exact amount of carbon, which is emitted by each product, is offset by supporting a carbon offset project that reduces the emission of greenhouse gases in the short or long-term. Such projects are validated and measured to ensure they produce authentic benefits and are genuinely “additional” activities that would not otherwise have been undertaken. The measured amount of CO2 that is compensated by the carbon offset project is then indicated by certificates. By financing carbon offset projects companies purchase these certificates for the amount of CO2 they need to offset.

TRACKING AND CONTROL

Internationally acknowledged quality standards guarantee the adherence to the criteria for carbon offset projects. They especially ensure that CO2 emissions are actually compensated in the amount stated. International standards like Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) or Gold Standard are covering most of the market. Both fulfill the requirements to the Kyoto Protocol. Additionally, independent organizations such as TÜV, SGS, PWC and others check the exact volume saved regularly.

Our Partners and Projects

ClimatePartner

ClimatePartner is a leading solutions provider for corporate climate protection. Together with its clients, ClimatePartner implements customized solutions for calculating and offsetting CO2 emissions to achieve climate neutrality for companies, services and products.

 

As part of this process, ClimatePartner ensures transparency through a clear labeling system that is anchored in an IT solution certified by the Austrian technical inspection authority (TÜV Austria).

 

ClimatePartner is considered to be the inventor of the climate neutral printing process and participated in the creation of ISO 16759 for carbon footprinting for print products.

 

For offsets, ClimatePartner develops its own carbon offset projects and offers a broad portfolio of recognized carbon offset projects in cooperation with a global network of partners. Founded in 2006 in Munich, the company has 40 staff members in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as over 1000 clients. ClimatePartner works closely with environmental associations and provides expert opinions on various international committees.

Supported Project

Since September 2009, the small hydroelectric power plant in southern Sri Lanka has been supplying clean electricity to the island. With a capacity of 6.5 megawatts, it uses the water of the Kuru Ganga river near Kuruwita in the Ratnapura district to generate emission-free energy.

 

The project counts as a run-of-river power plant, which means that the water only has to be dammed during dry periods and by a small weir. Thus the environmental influences remain almost neutral, fish stocks and the entire ecosystem are not endangered. The power plant generates around 19 gigawatt hours per year for Sri Lanka’s power grid.

 

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