Octaform began work with the Climate Smart program in March 2012. The program provides training, coaching, software and review for small and medium sized companies in measuring their carbon emissions and to plan future emission reductions. An inventory is taken yearly to track progress in reductions against the baseline year. Attendance at three training sessions was required to complete the program, in addition to completion of the carbon emissions inventory and outlining a plan for emission reductions.
As an alumnus of Climate Smart, Octaform conducted its GHG emissions inventory according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, Revised Edition (“the GHG Protocol”). The GHG Protocol is an internationally recognized standard published by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. The GHG Protocol and related documents can be accessed at http://www.ghgprotocol.org/.
PVC is our main business and has a significant carbon footprint of its own. However, we strive to utilize the many offsetting positive factors of this material to improve the overall carbon footprint of a construction site. Thus, we are continuously undertaking research and development to determine better materials and better ways to build.
A key area of interest is to undertake life cycle analyses of different structures to see what impact the use of Octaform has on reducing the overall carbon footprint of the building. This analysis would include the impacts starting at the beginning of the construction phase and concluding at the end of the life of the structure. There are many distinct reductions that the use of our product achieves such as eliminating the need for large cranes on site during construction, eliminating liners and the associated welding of liners, reducing maintenance and repairs required, reducing leaks of both water and gases in different applications – and many more.
While the Climate Smart program may not directly facilitate this measurement which is very specific to our business, it has enlightened us as to where we can influence change in our industry on a broader scale. Sustainable design is a key factor in our business and something that we will strive to improve as part of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. This applies both in our day-to-day business but more effectively, through reducing the carbon emissions of the construction industry.