Move to Zero.
We’ve pledged to use less, waste less and save more, across our forecourts and our operations.
Moving to ZERO
But to get started we need to put in place proper measures that help us stay on track. We’ve taken the full environmental cost of our activities into account and set a series of goals which we’re working towards ongoingly.
These goals fall into 3 core initiatives:
1. Offset your emissions here
In line with our belief that small steps over time equal big strides, we’re helping our customers make more informed choices. We’ve built a set of tools that will help increase customer awareness of their carbon emissions and give customers the opportunity to offset their emissions.
All our receipts carry a carbon emission value.
That means every time you fill up you can see how much your engine is likely to emit.
If you sign up for eReceipts you can track your carbon emissions over time. But if you haven’t signed up, you can still offset your emissions right here.
We’ve teamed up with South Pole and have selected three different compensation projects that will be funded by your voluntary contribution.
2. Running a carbon neutral operation
By putting sustainability at the heart of our operations, we’re taking responsibility for our carbon emissions and have a carbon management plan in place to continually optimise our carbon footprint.
We’re committed to offsetting our residual emissions from our head office operation and our 34 Certa fuel stations, on an annual basis to ensure our operation is fully carbon neutral.
While offsetting is not a license to emit and is only done after every effort has been made to optimise and reduce emissions, there are certain emissions we’re unable to eliminate.
Based on Scope1 and Scope 2 emissions we have estimated our 2020 carbon footprint to be approx. 110.7 tCO2e, covering the period 14th May 2020 to 31st December 2020. This is when our operations commenced.
Carbon neutrality of our 34 Certa fuel stations and our HQ operators in the Republic of Ireland was achieved by Certas Energy Ireland Limited (CRO 656547) on 4th January 2021, certificate number 16097659324846, independently verified by South Pole.
3. Using sustainable materials in our forecourts
Because of the unmanned nature of our operation, we use significantly less electricity than a typical forecourt.
Our filling stations in Ashbourne, Ballymount and Clarehall, are fitted with solar panels which makes them carbon zero and capable of returning energy to the grid.
We’re hoping to roll out this model across our network as part of our Move to Zero initiative.
eReceipts are a very handy way of keeping track of your fuel purchases especially if you need them for expenses. Its also a good way to monitor carbon emissions, as every receipt carries the estimate carbon emission for that particular journey.
You can register now to receive an eReceipt every time you fill up at Certa. In order to register we do require your payment card number which is encrypted and protected in our system for security.
Kariba Forest Protection, Zimbabwe
Since its launch in 2011, the Kariba project has prevented more than 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from emission into the atmosphere each year by preventing deforestation and land degradation of nearly 785,000 hectares of forest. This is achieved primarily through promoting regional sustainable development, and the independence and wellbeing of local communities.
Dora II, Turkey
This project involves the construction of a geothermal power plant in western Turkey that harnesses heat from deep within the earth to generate clean, emissions-free geothermal energy for the national grid. This reduces Turkey’s reliance on imported fossil fuel and improves energy security, while also reducing emissions and contributing to regional sustainable development.
Efficient Cookstoves, Rwanda
By distributing innovative cookstove technology to communities in Rwanda, this project benefits the environment by significantly reducing fuel consumption. Health conditions inside homes are improved due to the presence of less indoor smoke, and families can spend less time collecting woodfuel and more time with their families.