WISE Employment proud to announce Carbon Neutral certification
In exciting news for the environment, July 2019 saw WISE officially become a carbon neutral workplace. We worked with Carbon Social and the Xpand Foundation to offset our emissions by contributing to the WithOneSeed Timor Leste Community Forestry Program.
We were able to become carbon neutral through committing to voluntary Carbon Social credits, helping to build healthier communities in Timor Leste. Each Carbon Social credit is equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide, and is 100% guaranteed certified by Gold Standard and audited by the Rain Forest Alliance.
Sequestered by the WithOneSeed community tree program in Baguia, Timor Leste, Carbon Social credits contribute to making environments more sustainable, helping end poverty and hunger, increasing access to education and training and building regional partnerships.
WISE Employment was assigned 770 of these credits, committing to work towards becoming a carbon neutral company and supporting tree farmers in Timor Leste, following a rigorous carbon offset project registration process.
We have also contributed to the Greenfleet biodiversity program. Greenfleet will plant 2874 native trees to establish a biodiverse forest, matching WISE’s commitment to offset 770 tonnes of CO2 emissions. As well as offsetting greenhouse gas, this action helps to improve water quality, reduce soil degradation and provide essential habitat for native wildlife.
All of these programs are of crucial importance given agriculture dominates the Timorese economy, accounting for 25% of GDP and approximately 75% of employment. It is estimated that over 80% of the forests in Timor Leste were destroyed between 1975 and 1999.
The degradation of the landscape in Timor Leste is the result of uncontrolled clearance of native vegetation leading to erosion, periodic flooding, landslides and reduced groundwater recharge.
It has occurred as the result of a combination of social and economic issues, grazing by goats, clearance for subsistence agriculture, wood collection for cooking and construction, and illegal logging. This has also affected streams, the water available to communities and the marine environment.
Of critical importance to the people of Timor Leste is the implementation of strategies to restore landscapes to a sustainable position, maintain them on an ongoing basis and achieve a range of environmental, social and economic outcomes, particularly food security, improved water supply and creation of employment and economic opportunity.
We are very happy to not only be able to achieve carbon neutral status, but to be able to help communities in one of our closest neighbouring countries. You can find out more about the project on the WithOneSeed website.