À PROPOS D'ACS COMPENSATION CARBONE

Compensation carbone : pourquoi, comment et où les crédits sont dépensés.

NOS EXPLICATIONS SUR LA COMPENSATION CARBONE DANS LE SECTEUR DE L’AVIATION

Vous le savez sûrement, l’aviation est l’un des secteurs les plus polluants, au même titre que l’industrie automobile ou de la production électrique. Malheureusement, et contrairement à ces dernières, la technologie permettant de rendre l’aviation 100 % écologique n’existe pas encore.Nous pensons toutefois que l’aviation est essentielle au commerce international, à notre économie mondialisée et à la société dans son ensemble : la réduction des déplacements de personnes ou de marchandises – parallèlement à l’augmentation de la population mondiale – aurait des conséquences désastreuses sur notre quotidien.

C’est pourquoi nous nous sommes penchés sur les moyens de financer la réduction des émissions carbone dans les secteurs où la technologie existe mais où les investissements restent modestes. Nous nous sommes également engagés avec la communauté aéronautique pour travailler sur des initiatives permettant de réduire l’empreinte carbone des vols affrétés par nos clients, en investissant dans les nouvelles technologies et le carburant durable. 

As a result we have been investigating ways to fund reductions in carbon emissions in industries where the technology is available but the funds are not, whilst simultaneously engaging with the aviation community on initiatives designed to reduce our carbon footprint through investment in new technology and sustainable aviation fuel. We believe, for now, the aviation industry can be a force for good in helping to tackle the 98% of carbon emitted by other industries, by driving investment into the carbon offset schemes and reducing the human impact on our climate.

LE FONCTIONNEMENT DE LA COMPENSATION CARBONE

STEP 1

RÉSERVATION AFFRÈTEMENT

Si vous souhaitez compenser vos émissions de carbone, faites-le savoir à votre chargé de clientèle ACS au moment de la réservation de votre (vos) prochain(s) vol(s) : il ajoutera alors un montant équivalent à 0,5 % de votre affrètement sur votre facture. Cette demande devra être confirmée par une signature sur le formulaire de réservation.

STEP 2

VOTRE FACTURE

Les frais de 0,5 % apparaitront comme une ligne supplémentaire sur votre facture, sous la rubrique « Contribution à la compensation des émissions carbone ».

STEP 3

INVESTISSEMENT COMPENSATION

Votre paiement n’est pas immédiatement utilisé pour acheter des crédits carbone. Il va d’abord dans un fonds de compensation.

STEP 4

ESTIMATION DES ÉMISSIONS

Une fois par trimestre, ACS procède à un processus de réconciliation pour estimer les émissions de carbone de l’ensemble des vols compensés, en les comparant aux fonds versés par ses clients à des fins de compensation.

STEP 5

ACHAT DE CRÉDITS CARBONE

Cet argent est ensuite utilisé pour acheter des crédits carbone via la bourse du carbone, crédits qui sont alors immédiatement retirés. Notre objectif est de compenser plus d’émissions que ce qui a été réellement généré.

STEP 6

ANNONCE DES PROJETS

ACS communiquera à ses clients qui ont choisi de compenser leurs vols les projets dans lesquels ils ont investi.

LES PROJETS DANS LESQUELS NOUS INVESTISSONS

POÊLES HESTIAN

Réduisent les émissions de gaz à effet de serre en consommant moins de bois.

Les poêles inefficaces que l’on trouve en Afrique contribuent à la déforestation, consommant plus de bois que nécessaire et générant une dangereuse pollution de l’air domestique. Bien qu’il s’agisse de l’un des pires problèmes environnementaux – également à l’origine de la mort de nombreux jeunes enfants – il est en fait l’un des plus faciles à résoudre.

La population africaine ne cessant de croître, la déforestation bat son plein ; les forêts laissent la place à l’habitat humain et le bois est récolté plus rapidement qu’il n’est replanté. Les poêles améliorés de Hestian et les projets d’efficacité énergétique mis en place en Afrique australe réduisent directement l’utilisation de bois et la fumée de cuisson émise à l’intérieur des logements. En date du 30 juin 2019, Hestian avait permis à plus de 566 658 foyers d’utiliser des poêles améliorés et aux institutions locales d’utiliser 1 239 poêles fixes, contribuant à la création de plus de 2 000 emplois.

WIND INDONESIA

Une énergie renouvelable à un prix abordable.

Les éoliennes produisent une énergie propre, sans émissions nocives pour l’environnement. Le fait d’investir dans des projets d’énergie renouvelable à bas coût, comme UPC, permet donc de réduire la quantité de combustible fossile nécessaire à la production d’électricité, ce qui se traduit par une diminution de la pollution atmosphérique et des émissions de dioxyde de carbone.

Situé dans la région de Sidrap, au sud de Sulawesi, en Indonésie, le parc éolien Sidrap, de 75 MW, en constitue un bon exemple. Premier parc éolien utilitaire en Indonésie, Sidrap a commencé à fournir de l’électricité au réseau PLN du sud de Sulawesi en mars 2018. Le parc est constitué de 30 turbines Gamesa de 2,5 MW situées sur un groupe de crêtes venteuses, balayées par des vents puissants. La communauté locale soutient le projet à 100 %. De nombreux emplois ont été créés tant dans le développement du projet que dans sa construction, la majorité étant occupée par les habitants de la région.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHY IS ACS NOT AUTOMATICALLY INCLUDING THE CHARGE FOR OFFSETTING?

We have decided to make it an ‘opt-in’ rather than an ‘opt-out’ scheme, as we understand that our customers may already be offsetting through their own offset schemes. It is therefore fairer and more transparent to make it an ‘opt-in’.

CAN I CHOOSE TO OVER-OFFSET?

Yes, you can ask your ACS account manager to increase the 0.5% contribution to our carbon offsetting fund.

WHAT IS A CARBON FOOTPRINT?

If you’re travelling in a plane, you’re emitting CO2 into the atmosphere. But you can now take positive action and compensate for your emissions by investing in projects designed to reduce the overall amount of CO2 being emitted in the future.

HOW DOES CARBON OFFSETTING WORK WITH ACS?

An offset can be achieved by purchasing and cancelling something called a carbon credit. Carbon credits are the result of an international effort to mitigate the growth of greenhouse gases. Climate projects sell carbon credits in order to fund their development. Each credit is equal to the emission of one tonne of carbon dioxide.

What does that actually mean?

If you book a flight with us, and wish to offset the carbon emitted as a result of your trip, we will charge you a fee. This fee has been based on the analysis of more than 8,000 charters and looking at current market rates for carbon credits. We’ll go into the methodology of our calculation later. The money we charge you for the offset is invested into buying carbon credits in a climate project. In order for a climate project to sell carbon credits, it must meet the following criteria:

Real.

All emission reductions generated must be proven to have genuinely taken place.

Measurable.

All emission reductions must be quantifiable using recognised measurement tools and techniques.

Additional.

Projects must be able to prove that their emission reductions are additional, and would not have taken place without the help of carbon finance.

Independently verified.

Emission reductions must be verified by an approved independent third party verifier with expertise in both the country and sector in which the project is taking place to provide an adequate level of assurance.

Unique.

Double counting of carbon credits is prevented through the use of registries, that track ownership and eventual cancelation for regulatory compliance.

Once these criteria are met, the project will be certified by one of the global credit standards. We only invest in projects that are certified by the United Nations www.cdm.unfccc.int and Gold Standard www.www.goldstandard.org/, two of the leading global credit standards.

SO I CAN BE CONFIDENT THAT MY MONEY IS BEING GENUINELY INVESTED?

Yes. Investing in projects certified by the United Nations and Gold Standard ensures that full levels of due diligence and compliance are undertaken on the projects where the credits are being issued from. This means that the investment generated by every carbon offset that is purchased by ACS is certified to be genuine and ultimately feeding directly into the environmental project.

WHAT DOES CREDIT RETIREMENT MEAN?

Retirement is the final stage of the lifecycle of carbon credits, as after they are retired, they can no longer be used again, preventing them from being double counted (i.e. used twice).

SO WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?

By choosing to carbon offset your flight, we invest all of your money into carbon credits issued by climate projects. We do not take a commission or charge a margin. There are many different types of climate projects around the world, including renewable energy, waste management, forestry and agriculture, biofuels, energy and fuel technologies, biodiversity protection, sustainable development and ecosystem protection. When you choose to offset, you are providing the essential financial support that keeps these projects operational and are doing something positive for the environment by helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF MY FLIGHT?

Carbon footprinting is a fairly new concept for private aviation, so we worked in partnership with Carbon Trade eXchange (CTX) to develop a unique methodology for estimating the carbon footprint of every booking we make. In order to calculate the carbon footprint of a booking we need to know (1) the point-to-point distance of the flight and (2) the estimated fuel burn for your aircraft category. As headwinds and tailwinds can hugely impact the fuel burn of any particular trip it is impossible for anyone to accurately forecast the emissions amount in advance.

We calculate the point-to-point distance of your bookings using airport coordinates available at openflights.org. That is the easy part. We book a huge variety of different aircraft which each have different fuel requirements. We use a data set from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which includes the fuel burn rate profile for over 150 aircraft types, as defined by their IATA Aircraft Designator. The ICAO data is based upon real engine tests and is the most accurate data source for private aviation that exists to-date. Each aircraft will burn fuel at a varying rate depending on what stage of its journey it is at (take-off, landing, maximum cruising altitude). The ICAO data is divided into 500nm sectors to provide the most granular and accurate estimation of fuel burn rate at each stage of the journey. We match the aircraft that you have booked with its fuel burn profile and calculate the total fuel burned according to the length of your flight. Once we have the total fuel burn for each flight we can easily calculate the GHG emissions associated with the fuel burned. We use an emissions factor for Aviation Fuel, which is published by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

HOW DO YOU ESTIMATE THE COST OF A CARBON OFFSET?

Our partner, Carbon Trade eXchange (CTX), is a venue for 1000s of environmental projects to list their credits for sale and each project has the potential to issue thousands, or millions, of tonnes of carbon credits each year.

We work with CTX to analyse the carbon credit market and to select an average price per carbon credit that will allow it to support a portfolio of high-quality projects (the range in quality is huge) that are in different locations around the world and represent investments in different types of environmental projects, from renewable energy through to community benefit schemes.

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE HOW MUCH TO CHARGE ME FOR MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE CARBON OFFSET FUND?

Together with Carbon Trade Xchange, an industry leader in carbon offsetting, we have estimated that .5% of the booking value would allow us to offset 98% of flights analysed, with ACS committed to topping up the fund should the monies collected not be sufficient.

At the end of each quarter we calculate the carbon emissions of all offset flights to ensure that sufficient carbon credits can be purchased based on current market prices. In the eventuality that there is a shortfall, we (ACS) make up the difference. Where there is a surplus, this is also invested into projects so that we can make sure we are offsetting more CO2 than is generated by participating flights.

WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF CO2?

Combustion of fossil fuels and deforestation have caused the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide to increase by about 43% since the beginning of the age of industrialization. Currently, about half of the carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels remains in the atmosphere and is not absorbed by vegetation and the oceans.

Not only do increasing carbon dioxide concentrations lead to increases in global surface temperature, but increasing global temperatures also cause increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide, creating a positive feedback cycle. The planet Venus experienced runaway greenhouse effect, resulting in an atmosphere which is 96% carbon dioxide.

CO2 can be absorbed in a manner of ways including by bodies of water (such as seas and oceans), by frozen water (such as polar ice caps and glaciers) and by vegetation (such as rainforests) collectively known as “carbon sinks”. The most effective way of mitigating the greenhouse effect is by either preventing the generation of CO2 or by absorbing the CO2 back into these “carbon sinks”.

The carbon offsetting program that ACS offers will contribute to a number of projects that will reduce the amount of CO2 generated in the first place (through green energy initiatives) or by enhancing “carbon sinks” such as preventing deforestation or increasing reforestation.

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