The glossary of committed companies

Find all our definitions to learn more about global warming, carbon footprint and CSR.

B

Blue carbon

Blue carbon is the carbon stored in coastal and marine ecosystems, which sequester large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, and are an important part of global carbon sequestration. 
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Blue carbon

C

CSR

The term corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to practices and regulations taken up by companies and organizations intended to take ownership of having a positive impact on the world. It is a concept in corporate management that integrates social and environmental commitments throughout a business’s strategy. 
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CSR

Carbon accounting

Carbon accounting refers to the discipline of measurement and accounting techniques that serve to measure the carbon footprint of an organization or individual, and the trading of carbon credits or offsetting techniques involved in this domain. 
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Carbon accounting

Carbon capture

‍Put most simply, carbon capturing is the act of capturing carbon before it is released into the atmosphere, with the goal of mitigating its effects on the climate. 
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Carbon capture

Carbon assessment

‍A carbon assessment is the process of measuring the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted by an organization or an individual. 
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Carbon assessment

Carbon credit

‍Carbon credits are exchangeable certificates that allow the owner the right to emit a certain amount of carbon dioxide, with one carbon credit representing one ton of carbon dioxide. 
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Carbon credit

D

Decarbonization

Decarbonization can refer to the process in which any entity that generates emissions such as a company, organization, or sector, reduces its carbon footprint by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. 
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Decarbonization

E

ESG

Environmental, social, and corporate governance, is a set of criteria through which a company can be measured in terms of its ethics and sustainability, providing a measure of the degree to which the company is futureproof, outside of simply its financial performance. 
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ESG

G

GHG protocol

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol is an initiative that serves to determine a universal standardized measurement by which companies and organizations can be evaluated on their output of emissions. 
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GHG protocol

L

Life cycle assessment

The Life Cycle Assessment is a procedure for measuring the environmental impact of a product or service throughout its entire life cycle. 
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Life cycle assessment

N

Net Zero Initiative (NZI)

The Net Zero Initiative helps companies and organizations find a way to get the most out of their decarbonizing efforts, with the goal of achieving global carbon neutrality. In short, Net Zero means lowering greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible and accounting for the remaining emissions by way of carbon offsetting projects. 
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Net Zero Initiative (NZI)

O

Offset

Carbon offsetting is the process of removing carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. This process can take shape in many different ways. 
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Offset

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