What is Carbon Neutrality?
Carbon neutrality is a state of net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This can be achieved by balancing emissions of CO2 with its removal or by eliminating societal emissions. In other words, carbon neutrality also means the balancing of emitted carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere in carbon sinks. Removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it is known as carbon sequestration. All greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must be counterbalanced by carbon sequestration to achieve zero emissions.
Net zero refers to the amount of all GHGs – such as CO2, methane, or sulfur dioxide – removed from the atmosphere equal to those emitted by human activity. By contrast, carbon neutrality specifically refers to the amount of carbon being removed from the atmosphere similar to the carbon emitted – in essence, it’s a more narrow term for what happens in net zero, explicitly focusing on carbon removal.
ALD’s Efforts in the Bid For Carbon Neutrality
1. Products’ Carbon Footprint Reduction
We have been working continuously to reduce carbon emissions during the product life cycle, including such stages as the production of raw and auxiliary materials, transportation of these materials, and product manufacturing. We have achieved a reduced carbon footprint by 93.03%, 0.16%, and 6.80% respectively in these three aspects. As a result, we successfully obtained product carbon footprint certification this year, awarded by Shenzhen CTI International Co., Ltd.
This certification establishes the requirements for GHG emission measurement, management, and reduction, allowing enterprises to identify, monitor, and collect the carbon emissions of the whole manufacturing process, in order to obtain product carbon footprint certification. This overview of the entire process enables enterprises to continuously improve production and support the further reduction of energy consumption.
2. Energy Consumption System Upgrades
ALD has an advanced energy management solutions system that focuses on two key areas: energy consumption, and environment safety monitoring. The system delivers quantitative metering, automatic collection, extensive data analysis, energy forecasting, and energy-saving optimization for various energy aspects (water, electricity, natural gas, steam, coal, new energy, etc.) of ALD’s production bases. This comprehensive system’s functions are performed via computer network technology, including significant technology analysis, cloud computing, and other technologies, and significantly assists vaping manufacturers in quantifying, visualizing, and controlling energy consumption. ALD aims to create optimized production bases as sustainable, intelligent manufacturers.
3. Eco-Friendly Packaging Development
ALD is on a mission to eliminate unnecessary packaging and employ only eco-friendly materials in the product package. For example, new paper-plastic material is being gradually applied to the packaging boxes across ALD’s range of products. This paper plastic utilizes recyclable paperboard or other wooden textiles as raw materials for packing boxes and is itself easily recycled. In addition, the product specifications are printed on the package surface instead of printing a separate brochure. This way, consumers can reduce their use of single-use plastics and unnecessary items in the package when purchasing ALD vaping products.
In summary, ALD is seriously pursuing carbon neutrality through continuous strategic decision-making and technological innovation, maintaining our corporate values of environmental protection and carbon reduction, and establishing a one-stop management process from production to logistics.
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