To keep global heating below 1.5 degrees, we can't just reduce emissions, we also need to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. And we need to do it today.
Lilly Milligan Gilbert, Founder of Tallis
CARBON OFFSETTING AT TALLIS
The International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) says that we must pair greenhouse gas emission reductions with active removal of the carbon already up in the atmosphere.
There are a few ways to remove carbon. Tree planting is great but it takes a while for trees to capture carbon and forests also need lots of space and water.
So at Tallis, we decided to work with the Swiss company Climeworks to directly capture CO2 out of the air. Their technology provides an efficient, safe and permanent way of capturing carbon on our behalf.
This year, Tallis has removed 180 kg of CO2 directly from the air which is 33% of the way to our annual target.
The carbon was captured in the Climeworks plant in Iceland and is now stored safely and permanently underground in a basaltic rock formation.
WHAT THE CARBON WE CAPTURE MAKES UP FOROUR OFFSETS
We currently capture enough carbon to offset completely:
Energy use at our offices in Geneva and Singapore
Business travel (which is a very minimal 0.4 flights per year per employee, and is currently zero due to the coronavirus pandemic).
The emissions from running our store in Geneva
What we don't currently offset:
The energy used in producing and transporting our products
Our plan is to calculate their footprints and capture the equivalent amount of CO2 to offset them
WAYS TO REMOVE CARBON FROM THE ATMOSPHERE
There are a few different approaches to remove carbon from the air. The direct air capture method we use will mean it is slow for us to get started as it is a lot more expensive than planting trees, however we chose to go this way as it removes CO2 from atmosphere right now, today.
The main approaches are:
Planting trees to suck up CO2 from the air. We are proud that the marine conservation project we support in Indonesia has an element of reforestation and mangrove tree replacement.
Using engineered chemical reactions to remove CO2 from ambient air.
This is what we are doing with Climeworks.
The use of bioenergy in combination with carbon capture and storage.
WE'RE ALL PART OF THE STORY9 WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Boil only the water you need. Use a saucepan lid when cooking.
Buy food fresh when it's in season, frozen if it's not.
Clean up your wardrobe, don't order online and send back.
Reduce your heating or air conditioning.
Make your home energy efficient.
Eat less meat - and choose locally, non-intensively reared.
Do less laundry - at cooler temperatures. Line dry clothes.
Choose public transport over cars and trains over planes.
Think smart with air travel, fewer but longer trips, fly direct.