This initial support that helped Cool Earth’s approach to protecting at-risk rainforest take off.
Prologis’ continued collaboration and smart vision have now been recognised, with an award nomination for the 2018 Charity Times Awards.
Cool Earth’s mission to ensure emissions from deforestation plays no part in climate change chimed with Prologis’ goal to limit its environmental impact. As part of their commitment to reducing lifetime carbon in their buildings, Prologis sought a mechanism that could measure and reduce the CO2 emitted during the manufacture, transport and construction of building materials. Alongside sustainability consultants Planet First, Prologis set out to find a measurable way to mitigate this unavoidable embodied carbon, by preventing deforestation. That’s when Cool Earth’s model was identified as the perfect solution.
Having now worked alongside Cool Earth for ten years, Prologis has invested an amazing £586,800 in Cool Earth’s Asháninka partnership in the Peruvian Amazon and the Wabumari Partnership in Papua New Guinea. Cool Earth estimates that since 2008, Prologis has kept 2,666,757 trees standing, avoiding emissions of 2,760,202 tonnes of CO2. This equates to 10,689 acres of rainforest, an area larger than zone one of the London Underground.
Although embodied carbon emissions are a significant environmental impact factor for the construction industry, they are widely overlooked. That’s why this collaboration between Prologis and Cool Earth is more than just protecting rainforest, it’s setting the standard as a pioneering initiative. It leads the way for the rest of the commercial property sector, demonstrating that a sustainable process can be established to mitigate embodied carbon in a way that delivers significant, quantifiable benefits to all parties.
Alongside some highly effective charities working with socially-conscious brands, Cool Earth is honoured to be considered and recognised in the 2018 Charity Times ‘Corporate national Partnership Champion’ award category.
By empowering local people, Prologis is changing the face of conservation. It’s exactly the sort of market-leading innovation Prologis is known for. And with new partnership ideas on the horizon, both organisations believe 10,000 acres is only just the beginning.