In order to develop the our leadership for peace academy, AlaPAZ, every semester we invite forty leaders to the city of Bogota to take the courses in person at the University of Los Andes. This is why it is an event that involves many activities such as transportation, food and lodging for the participants. All these activities produce greenhouse gases that negatively impact climate change. For that reason, and reaffirming our commitment to the environment, we have decided to certify the last two versions of AlaPAZ, held in January and February 2020, as carbon neutral event.
In alliance with the company Conservation and Carbon, we measured and evaluated the inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the two academies. The inventory quantified the emissions associated with paper consumption, solid waste generation, wastewater generation, use of facilities associated with the course, and ground and air transportation of participants. The measurement resulted in a total emission of 14 tons of greenhouse gases (8 tons in January and 6 tons in February).
To offset that carbon footprint, we purchased 14 carbon credits, each equivalent to 1 ton, in the “Chocó-Darién Conservation Corridor” project, the first conservation project in the world to generate carbon credits for protecting the forest in a collective territory. The forest conservation activities are managed by COCOMASUR, an association of Afro-Colombian families that received a collective property title in 2005. The project protects 13,465 hectares of rainforest in the Darien region of northwest Colombia, one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet.