In the first collaboration of its kind, we are working with Planet Mark and Cool Earth to mitigate embodied carbon emissions by protecting the Amazon rainforest.
Prologis UK is the only industrial developer to address embodied carbon as part of a sustainable development methodology and we have put in place a process that delivers significant, quantifiable benefits.
Although the embodied carbon emitted by the construction industry has a serious environmental impact, it has been widely overlooked. Since Building Regulations do not require developers to reduce embodied carbon emissions, we have developed our own approach.
In 2008, we began working with Planet Mark to measure and reduce the carbon embodied in the fabric and structure of our buildings to achieve Planet Mark certification. By 2010, we were keen to take this approach a step further and find a measurable way to mitigate the unavoidable embodied carbon.
We decided that we should focus on preventing deforestation and following careful research, we decided to work with Cool Earth, an environmental charity that works with indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Specifically, we decided to invest in Cool Earth’s project with the Ashaninka people in central Peru.
To ensure that the investment is sufficient to deliver a net benefit, we developed a process to calculate the embodied carbon mitigation level, which is now monitored and certified as part of the Planet First.