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3,963
tCO2e
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First Certified 2019

1. Measure
To become Climate Neutral Certified, Alter Eco has measured the greenhouse gases it emitted when making and delivering products to its customers.

2. Offset
Its carbon footprint of 3,963 metric tonnes of CO2e has been fully offset.

3. Reduce
The company is implementing plans to reduce its footprint in 2020.

Climate Neutral Certified Badge
1

Measure

Alter Eco used 2019 operational data to estimate its carbon footprint for the year:

Direct Emissions Ⓘ

Direct Emissions

Emissions from fossil fuels and refrigerants used in company buildings, fleets, and equipment.

1
tCO2e
Indirect Emissions Ⓘ

Indirect Emissions

Emissions from the electricity, and sometimes steam and cold water, used in company facilities.

10
tCO2e
Supply Chain Emissions Ⓘ

Supply Chain Emissions

Emissions from raw materials, manufacturing, shipping, air travel, and other activities in the supply chain.

3,952
tCO2e
Total 2019 Carbon Footprint Ⓘ

Total Carbon Footprint

The sum of all product materials, manufacturing, use, and end of life emissions.

3,963

tCO2e
2

Offset

The entire carbon footprint was offset using verified carbon credits.
Carbon Credits for 2019
3,963
tCO2e
Total 2019 Investment in Carbon Credits
$40,000

Alter Eco's credits came from:

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Forests
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Agroforestry

3,963

tCO2e
2019
Emission Offsets

20,809

tCO2e
Lifetime Total
Emission Offsets
3

Reduce

Alter Eco is implementing a Reduction Action Plan to reduce emissions from within its own operations and supply chain.

  • Growing cocoa represents 33% of our emissions and we are implementing dynamic agroforestry within our cocoa supply chain to reduce this. We estimate this model to increase carbon sequestration into the soil by 509 metric tons of CO2 per acre over 20 years. Alter Eco, and partners, have transitioned 900 acres of cacao to agroforestry out of the 13,000 acres we work with. We are working on expanding this work to 100%.

  • Logistics and freight represents 24% of our emissions. In 2019 we used some air freight which emits 40 times more CO2 than sea freight. By eliminating air freight we would reduce overall emissions by 7%. Also, adding an East Coast distribution center could cut customer delivery distance in half, reducing overall footprint by 4%.

  • Packaging represents 8% of our emissions and we have committed to 100% compostable or plastic-free recyclable packaging for all on shelf products by the end of 2020. In 2020, this led us to discontinue our line of plastic stand up pouches used for our clusters, reducing carbon emissions from the production of those bags.

Other Sustainability Notes

Alter Eco have offset our carbon emissions for over a decade through conservation and reforestation projects within our cacao supply chain. In 2019 we protected 2.6 million trees, planted 3,289 and protected 16,860 acres in the rainforests of Peru. The offsetting projects not only benefit the environment but also help create resiliency for farmer communities drastically affected by climate change. By rigorously measuring, reducing and offsetting carbon each year, we continue to push for better ways of doing business.

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