International Interior Images is a LowC02 business certified by the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) under the NoCO2 Program. To achieve this status and become a low carbon business, International Interior Images undertook the following process:
International Interior Images commissions a LowCO2 Audit from CRI to measure its operational carbon footprint each financial year. CRI’s LowCO2 audit follows the standards outlined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (1). Under the protocol Scope 1 & 2 emissions are required to be measured while Scope 3 emissions do not need to be measured. The LowCO2 Audit measures emissions relating to all Scope 1 & 2 emissions and Scope 3 emissions relating to staff travel and waste as these emissions fall within International Interior Images’ financial control.
International Interior Images have committed to offset their operational emissions in an approved Gold Standard project which also meets the requirements of the National Carbon Offset Standards; namely the Cambodia: Access to Clean Water through Ceramic Purifiers Project.
By meeting the requirements of LowCO2 certification under the NoCO2 Program, International Interior Images is now a low carbon business. International Interior Images have measured and offset their operational emissions, as outlined above.
Cambodia: Access to Clean Water through Ceramic Purifiers Project
The expansion of areas under severe water stress will be one of the most pressing environmental problems faced by our neighbors in South East Asia in the near future according to the UNFCCC’s IPCC report. Among the many drivers of this development are the over-exploitation of groundwater, a sharp population increase and decline of the flows of the Mekong and Red Rivers.
Located at the Gulf of Thailand and the upper reaches of the Mekong River Delta, Cambodia faces these threats acutely. In addition, existing water in Cambodia is impure, and due to very low sanitation methods and the lack of a centralised infrastructure. Over 66% of its population does not have access to safe drinking water.
Surface water of poor quality and rainwater stored in tanks are among the main sources of water for household consumption. One quarter of the population does not treat the water they consume at all. Prevailing treatment practice among those who do consists of boiling water with firewood and to a lesser extent charcoal.
This project addresses the problem of safe drinking water by constructing and disseminating ceramic water purifiers (CWP) to Cambodian households, particularly in rural areas. CWPs are point-of-use treatment systems which remove microbes from contaminated water. They are manufactured locally and can filter enough to supply drinking water for a family of five for five to seven years whilst requiring no energy input. Thus, while they replace the current treatment practice of burning non-renewable biomass, they directly lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
This project contributes to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals: