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SALTO says it has achieved carbon neutrality
By SP&T Staff
By SP&T Staff
SALTO Systems announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality due to its participation in two projects.
In 2015, the United Nations Climate Change Conference reached a global pact to mitigate the effects of climate change and achieve neutrality by 2050. Neutral greenhouse gas emissions are achieved when the same amount of greenhouse gases emitted are removed from the atmosphere in different ways.
According to SALTO, the 1,721 tons of CO2 generated in 2020 (359 at its headquarters in Oiartzun, Gipuzkoa in Spain and 1,362 across its worldwide network of offices and group companies) were offset in 2021 through its River Chinchiná Forestry Project, Colombia and Reforestation and protection of hydrographic basins in the Andes, and Apadrina un Olivo in Teruel, Spain.
The company stated that the global pandemic put a spotlight on the value of environmental, social and corporate governance considerations. According to SALTO, both projects have served the local society and economy by helping to regenerate neglected natural spaces and protect biodiversity as well as fostering the socio-economic growth of local communities.
The forestry project in Colombia at the Chinchiná river basin was the first project to be registered with the United Nations Clean Development Mechanisms programme in Colombia, according to SALTO. The company stated that this project served to improve water quality and the protection of the region’s flora and fauna by creating biological corridors that connect forest fragments in the upper reaches of the watershed, through the restoration of highly degraded areas.
At ApadrinaUnOlivo.org, the company stated that its mission is to recover abandoned olive groves in Oliete, a town in the Teruel region of Spain that has seen its population decline in recent years. The company stated that this rural development project seeks to help families at risk of exclusion and keeps people in depopulated rural towns by developing rural areas.
According to the SALTO, the initiative also protects the flora and fauna that inhabit and depend on the olive groves to survive, helping to protect biodiversity and reduce the carbon footprint.