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UPS Carbon Neutral Program

During the end of 2011, Arbonne contracted with UPS to conduct an as-is carbon impact analysis. The analysis focused on Arbonne's current transportation network of finished goods sent from the Irvine and Greenwood warehouses. Results from the analysis will be used as a baseline metric moving forward to measure Arbonne's carbon impact and allow them to offset that impact and become a certified "Carbon Neutral" company.

How the program works:

  • Arbonne pays a fee per package to UPS for all packages shipped out of their warehouses to the Independent Consultants in United States via UPS.
  • UPS collects these funds, then matches the funds and finally, provides the funds to The CarbonNeutral Company, which invests these funds in one of the four active carbon reducing projects throughout the world.
  • In return, Arbonne is able to place the "Certified Carbon Neutral Shipment" on every outer corrugated shipper sent via UPS.

For more information, please visit: http://www.carbonneutral.com/page/ups/

During the end of 2011, Arbonne contracted with UPS to conduct an as-is carbon impact analysis. The analysis focused on Arbonne's current transportation network of finished goods sent from the Irvine and Greenwood warehouses. Results from the analysis will be used as a baseline metric moving forward to measure Arbonne's carbon impact and allow them to offset that impact and become a certified "Carbon Neutral" company.

How the program works:

  • Arbonne pays a fee per package to UPS for all packages shipped out of their warehouses to the Independent Consultants in United States via UPS.
  • UPS collects these funds, then matches the funds and finally, provides the funds to The CarbonNeutral Company, which invests these funds in one of the four active carbon reducing projects throughout the world.
  • In return, Arbonne is able to place the "Certified Carbon Neutral Shipment" on every outer corrugated shipper sent via UPS.

For more information, please visit: http://www.carbonneutral.com/page/ups/

La Pradera Landfill Gas

This project enables efficient landfill gas (LFG) management at two landfill sites that service the metropolitan area of Medellin in Colombia. The first site is in Curva de Rodas in Colombia and was closed in 2003 after 19 years of operation in which approximately 8.5 million tons of municipal waste were received at the site. The second landfill site, La Pradera, became operational in 2003 and currently receives 2,100 tons of waste a day.

When organic material in landfill decomposes it releases substantial quantities of LFG, which contains methane — a greenhouse gas which is 21 times more potent than CO2. Before this project, the only active treatment of the LFG at these sites was a very basic collection system and irregular manual flaring. These were highly inefficient and, consequently, the majority of methane was released into the atmosphere. Through this project, a state-of-the-art landfill gas-recovery system and an enclosed flare combustion station have been installed at both sites, which will extract and destroy 99.99% of the LFG. When methane is combusted, it converts to CO2 and water, reducing the global warming potential of the LFG.

The La Pradera project was initiated by the University of Antioquia, also based in the city of Medellin. A portion of the project proceeds will be used to promote research and provide assistance to students from some of the lowest income groups at the university. Students will also benefit from using the project sites as training facilities as they provide examples of good solid-waste management practices.

Further project proceeds will be allocated to Empresas Varias de Medellin (EEVVM) – the public utility company that owns and operates both landfill sites – which will be used to improve environmental management in Columbia. Both the university and EEVVM will provide funding for training opportunities in the communities affected by the landfills.

For more information, please click here.

During the end of 2011, Arbonne contracted with UPS to conduct an as-is carbon impact analysis. The analysis focused on Arbonne's current transportation network of finished goods sent from the Irvine and Greenwood warehouses. Results from the analysis will be used as a baseline metric moving forward to measure Arbonne's carbon impact and allow them to offset that impact and become a certified "Carbon Neutral" company.

How the program works:

  • Arbonne pays a fee per package to UPS for all packages shipped out of their warehouses to the Independent Consultants in United States via UPS.
  • UPS collects these funds, then matches the funds and finally, provides the funds to The CarbonNeutral Company, which invests these funds in one of the four active carbon reducing projects throughout the world.
  • In return, Arbonne is able to place the "Certified Carbon Neutral Shipment" on every outer corrugated shipper sent via UPS.

For more information, please visit: http://www.carbonneutral.com/page/ups/

Garcia River Forest

The Garcia River Forest project is in the coastal mountain range of southwestern Mendocino County, California. The project was initiated in early 2004 with the goal of returning a 24,000-acre, under-stocked tract of coastal forest to an ecologically and economically viable state through conservation-based forest management. The Garcia River Forest project will absorb and store carbon emissions by ensuring high forest growth rates and the development of a larger, denser composition of redwood and Douglas fir.

Like many forests in the region, Garcia River has a history of logging, gravel mining and grazing, causing soil erosion and clogging the rivers with sediment. As a result, the deteriorating water quality led to declining numbers of Garcia River's Coho and Steelhead salmon. Coupled with this eroding habitat, the forests could only generate a modest income from timber, exposing it to the risk of being sold off or divided into smaller holdings.

With competing land use interests, conservationists are struggling to finance forestland acquisitions to protect the most sensitive natural areas. The Garcia River Forest is one of the first forests recognized by CAR as a verified source of carbon credits supporting such conservation activities. Conservation-based forest management involves the long-term management of the forests, which helps rebuild inventory and store carbon, while protecting water quality and restoring wildlife habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species. To maximize the climate and environmental co-benefits, these forests have been secured under a perpetual easement clause within CAR that requires the project land area to be permanently used for forest purposes.

For more information, please click here.

During the end of 2011, Arbonne contracted with UPS to conduct an as-is carbon impact analysis. The analysis focused on Arbonne's current transportation network of finished goods sent from the Irvine and Greenwood warehouses. Results from the analysis will be used as a baseline metric moving forward to measure Arbonne's carbon impact and allow them to offset that impact and become a certified "Carbon Neutral" company.

How the program works:

  • Arbonne pays a fee per package to UPS for all packages shipped out of their warehouses to the Independent Consultants in United States via UPS.
  • UPS collects these funds, then matches the funds and finally, provides the funds to The CarbonNeutral Company, which invests these funds in one of the four active carbon reducing projects throughout the world.
  • In return, Arbonne is able to place the "Certified Carbon Neutral Shipment" on every outer corrugated shipper sent via UPS.

For more information, please visit: http://www.carbonneutral.com/page/ups/

Fujian Landfill Gas

Based at a landfill site in the Fujian Province in China, this project has two environmental benefits. Firstly, it reduces the potent greenhouse gas methane from being released into the atmosphere. Secondly, this captured gas is then used to generate clean energy, helping to displace fossil-fuel- generated electricity.

Fifty wells, which capture and pipe the landfill gas, have been installed at the project's site. Processing and combusting the gas converts it into clean electricity which is then sold to the local grid.

In addition to the environmental benefits, the project improves the quality of life for the local population. If landfills are improperly managed, they can cause air pollution and explosions from gas pressure, which are hazardous to the surrounding communities. The project also brings sustainable development benefits to the area by boosting the local economy with the creation of jobs. It is the first landfill gas-to-electricity project in the province and one of the first in China. Using state of the art technology, the project facilitates technology transfer for replication throughout the country.

For more information, please click here.

During the end of 2011, Arbonne contracted with UPS to conduct an as-is carbon impact analysis. The analysis focused on Arbonne's current transportation network of finished goods sent from the Irvine and Greenwood warehouses. Results from the analysis will be used as a baseline metric moving forward to measure Arbonne's carbon impact and allow them to offset that impact and become a certified "Carbon Neutral" company.

How the program works:

  • Arbonne pays a fee per package to UPS for all packages shipped out of their warehouses to the Independent Consultants in United States via UPS.
  • UPS collects these funds, then matches the funds and finally, provides the funds to The CarbonNeutral Company, which invests these funds in one of the four active carbon reducing projects throughout the world.
  • In return, Arbonne is able to place the "Certified Carbon Neutral Shipment" on every outer corrugated shipper sent via UPS.

For more information, please visit: http://www.carbonneutral.com/page/ups/

Cholburi Wastewater Biogas-to-Energy

Thailand is the world's largest exporter of tapioca starch, which is manufactured from treated and dried cassava root and used by the food and toothpaste industries. Drying tapioca starch uses large volumes of water; this creates vast quantities of wastewater with high organic content. Before the implementation of this project, the 2400m³ of wastewater produced each day at this factory was discharged into 13 open lagoons. Cholburi has a tropical climate, with an average temperature of 29° Celcius. In this environment, the organic matter in the lagoons was breaking down, creating bio-gas that was being released directly into the atmosphere.

This project introduces Anaerobic Fixed Film Reactor (AFFR) technology to the factory; this is a closed loop system co-developed by the King Mongkut's University of Technology in Thonburi and the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The AFFR technology collects and supplies bio-gas to a boiler where it is combusted to generate heat and electricity. This energy is used onsite to power the factory, replacing energy that was previously supplied by fossil-fuel-fired power stations. Any excess power generated at the plant is delivered to the regional grid.

Alongside the emissions reductions, the project reduces air pollution, as the odors from decomposing organic matter are now contained. The factory has adopted sustainable water management practices by reusing the treated wastewater in the manufacturing process, reducing the volume of new water required. Additionally, eight new jobs have been created — four permanent and four temporary — to plan and operate the project.

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