Press Release: Carbon Neutral Travel For Delegates Attending FORS Second Members’ Conference

Press Release: Carbon Neutral Travel For Delegates Attending FORS Second Members’ Conference

FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, is working with BP Target Neutral to offset carbon emissions for delegates travelling to and from the FORS Members Conference. 

The 2017 FORS members conference takes place on 17 October in Birmingham with over 350 people expected to attend. BP Target Neutral will calculate the CO2 emissions of every delegate’s journey, whether by train, bus, road or air, and offset the emissions through carbon reduction projects around the world. These projects use carbon finance to help communities make the switch to lower carbon alternatives which reduce or absorb greenhouse gases/CO2

Andrea Abrahams, Director, BP Target Neutral, said: “We have been working with FORS to help educate fleets about the ways they can reduce their carbon emissions, and are delighted to be partnering with them to make travel to the FORS Members’ Conference carbon neutral.”

John Hix, Concession Director, FORS, said: “We welcome BP Target Neutral’s work to help make the conference as green as possible. The push for greater efficiency is a theme throughout the FORS Standard, and we encourage fleet operators to consider the changes they can make to reduce emissions and offset where possible. It seems only fitting that we approach our conference in the same way.”

FORS members attending the conference will be supporting carbon offset projects around the world such as a Biogas project in Karnataka, India. This project aims to install 18,000 biogas plants (digesters) of 2m3 capacity across the Chickballapur District in Katnataka. This replaces firewood with biogas for cooking and hot water heating. The project reduced 137,452 tonnes of CO2 from 1 January 2010 to the end of 2016. 

Another project members will be supporting is a forest protection scheme in Zambia, aiming to protect the Rufunsa Conservancy, a 38,781-hectare area adjacent to the Lower Zambezi National Park. The area remains one of the last intact areas of forest in Lusaka Province and provides a 60-kilometre buffer to the Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP), a strategically protected area in Zambia in a globally significant trans-frontier conservation area. Avoiding deforestation means that the project has contributed an average 187,144 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) reduction per year over the selected 30-year crediting period.

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FORS MEMBERS' CONFERENCE   Image: Previous FORS Members’ Conference

coolie sangha cooking on biogas 1   Image: BP Target Neutral’s Coolie Sangha biogas project