ARISE IIP’s GSEZ in Gabon becomes Africa’s first carbon-neutral certified industrial zone27 September 2021
Monday September 27 2021 – Libreville.
ARISE IIP, pan-African developer and operator of world-class industrial parks, is pleased to announce the award of an ISO 14064-1 carbon neutral certification for the Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ). The certification provides a transparent third-party assessment for GSEZ carbon footprint and offsetting.
ARISE IIP is a pan-African developer and operator of industrial parks committed to making Africa thrive, developing the industrial sector and creating jobs. It is deeply committed to the industrial development of the continent without any compromise on the global fight against climate change. In the past years, ARISE IIP has built a climate and biodiversity strategy to reduce its environmental footprint, invest in low carbon solutions and monetize environmental services and assets.
In addition to its efforts to measure and manage greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, GSEZ will focus on increasing utilization of timber (that moved from 40% to over 70% and is expected to reach 90% by end of 2022) and renewable energy sources to supply GSEZ with carbon-free electricity. Solutions for low carbon transport are also being assessed.
Aera has been mandated to coordinate this GHG measurement and improve this data collection system. Swiss certification leader SGS has been appointed as the carbon auditor.
The inventory of GHG emissions included in the footprint assessment is based on the mandatory scopes of the Carbon Neutral Protocol methodology for Space/Buildings/Office spaces/Venue type. It shows that overall direct and indirect emissions encompassing Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 amount to a total of 50,037 metric tons of CO2 equivalent. GSEZ 2019 emissions balance has been offset by voluntary retirement of certified emission reductions from four supported projects.