ACT achieves climate neutrality
The future begins today
ACT has been officially operating as a climate-neutral company since October 2020. With this special label we are implementing one of the company’s top goals for the current financial year. Within our sector ACT is hereby also joining the still-small group of companies that may bear the designation climate neutral.
As one of the world’s leading trading partners and distributors of high-quality raw materials we are always conscious of our special responsibility to our employees and all our business partners. From this perspective, conscientiously dealing with the resources of our world is also of great importance to us.
Certification as a climate-neutral company is therefore an important milestone for us. We offset the CO2 emissions created by our business activities in Hamburg and those of all the logistics chains.
For the technical advice we secured the support of ClimatePartner, an internationally recognised and certified provider of solutions for climate protection. After determining our CO2 emissions and therefore our contribution to climate-neutral operation, we chose to finance three internationally acknowledged climate protection projects. What they all have in common is that they can be proven to reduce greenhouse gases and thereby make an important contribution to combating global warming as well as neutralising CO2emissions. They will also lead in the near future to an improvement in local living conditions and in the medium term the projects contribute to economic and social growth.
Clean drinking water for Odisha in India
Treated water cannot be taken for granted in India. Despite the government’s improvement measures, about two thirds of the population of India does not have access to clean drinking water. One common solution is to boil water. However, this leads for one thing to the release of CO2and for another it encourages tree clearance.
With this project, ACT is helping to ensure that cheap, clean drinking water is available to over thirty thousand families.
Protection of forests for Portel in Brazil
Over three thousand hectares of rainforest are felled in the Amazon region in Brazil every year. According to Brazilian law, the rainforest is deemed to be unused land that may be claimed by anyone. Interestingly, even acknowledged nature protection projects come under this law. Forests - and here in particular the Latin American rainforests - are of inestimable value as CO2 stores, among there things. Those directly affected are above all the local indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon region, the Ribeirinhos.
In the context of the project, ACT supports the Ribeirinhos with their legal acquisition of land rights. For one thing, this secures the livelihoods of this population group who are amongst the poorest in Brazil and for another thing the land cannot then be claimed by anyone else.
Wind power for Maharashtra in India
The energy supply in India, for one thing, fluctuates wildly and for another thing relies to a great extent on fossil fuels. In addition to private households and businesses, this also affects hospitals, fire brigades and other services that are important for public safety and order.
In the Satara district in the federal state of Maharashtra there live some three million people that are (to be) supplied with clean renewable energy via 33 wind turbines in the course of the project.
With this project ACT is helping to reduce CO2 emissions, improve the air quality, prevent harm to health and create jobs.
We at ACT are grateful and pleased to be allowed to participate in these projects and to operate long-term in a climate-neutral manner!