January 21, 2021
Beverly, MA — (January 21, 2021) – Sciessent today announced that it has purchased 400 metric tons of verified carbon offsets from Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF)
to balance greenhouse gas emissions produced by its operations. Through this investment, Sciessent is mitigating its impact on the environment by supporting green initiatives aligned with the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.
As a leading global provider of environmentally responsible products, including antimicrobial, odor control and water repellent solutions used across a broad range of industries, Sciessent decided to extend its environmental consciousness to its own carbon footprint. In early 2020, the company took an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions with the help of a consulting firm and discovered that it had produced 355 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MT CO2e) in 2019. Sciessent’s highest emission areas were in shipping, electricity and travel.
“We built Sciessent on a foundation of sustainability working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 20+ years to produce solutions safe for the environment, and guiding our partners on environmentally responsible product development,” said Sciessent CEO Paul C. Ford. “Early last year we decided to assess the impact of our daily operations on the environment, everything from how we ship our products, to how much energy and paper we use, to how much waste we generate. Once we became educated on the extent of our carbon footprint, we explored options to mitigate it with BEF.”
Sciessent has purchased from BEF 400 verified carbon offsets, which are issued in return for investment in climate protection projects. One carbon offset represents the reduction of greenhouse gases equal to one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).
Sciessent’s investment is equivalent to mitigating the environmental impact of:
• Greenhouse gas emissions from 86.4 passenger vehicles driven in one year, or
• CO2 emissions from 45,010 gallons of gasoline consumed1
“As a voluntary participant in offsetting its footprint, Sciessent has aligned with those commitments made by many nations to reduce global emissions, such as those named in the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement,” said Heather Schrock, Director, Environmental Partnerships, Bonneville Environmental Foundation. “We are pleased to have them as a partner in balancing the environmental impacts we cannot avoid.”
Sciessent and BEF worked collaboratively to select carbon offset investments that were relevant to Sciessent’s business or related to the emissions the company is working to mitigate (e.g., shipping, energy usage). These include:
Sciessent has garnered industry recognition for its commitment to sustainability, including bluesign® approval for all of its technologies – Agion®, ActiveXL, Lava®, Lava XL® and Curb®, listing of these products on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation ZDHC Gateway, and Level 3 compliance from the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation.
Sciessent is a leading provider of customized antimicrobial, odor control and water repellent solutions that enhance the value of customers’ products. Agion antimicrobial solutions from Sciessent have been incorporated into a wide range of healthcare, industrial, and consumer applications, including medical devices such as central venous catheters and IV access ports, drinking water applications like water filters and ice making equipment, and textiles and apparel. For more information, please visit www.sciessent.com.
A national nonprofit, BEF empowers businesses to be in balance with the environment through a full suite of environmental products, educational and community engagement programs and custom solutions that help our partners address their unavoidable energy, carbon and water impacts.