• November 5, 2021

Whitewater Brewing Co. is Climate Neutral Certified!

Whitewater Brewing Co. is Climate Neutral Certified!

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Canada’s First Climate Neutral Brewery!

Incredible beer brewed without the negative environmental impact. 

We are thrilled to announce that we are certified Climate Neutral! After years of committing to sustainable business practices and many months of working with Climate Neutral, we’ve measured and offset our entire carbon footprint. Furthermore, we have built a plan to continue to reduce our emissions moving forward. 

Our Climate Neutral certification exists alongside the sustainability efforts we already employ, such as local and ethical sourcing, our partnership with Bullfrog Power which enables our Lakeside Brewery & Brew Pub to operate using renewable energy, thoughtful wastewater practices, and more. 

The climate projects our Climate Neutral certification is contributing to are: 

  1. Wind energy in China
  2. Reforestation in Brazil
  3. Avoided deforestation in Peru
  4. Clean Cookstoves in Kenya
  5. Biomass (specifically repurposing crop residue into biofuel) in India

Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization working to decrease global carbon emissions. We know a lot of these terms can be convoluted, but luckily, Climate Neutral’s team broke down what they mean for us.

What’s carbon emission?

Carbon emissions as greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) – often called carbon emissions – are a form of air pollution. GHGs change the earth’s climate by trapping heat. As humans put more GHGs into the atmosphere, the planet’s atmospheric insulation changes from a nice, breathable summer quilt to a dangerous layer of bubble wrap that changes living conditions for virtually everything on Earth.

What’s a carbon footprint?

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases produced by something or someone. Companies and countries have carbon footprints, and so do you. A carbon footprint includes many different kinds of emissions, including things you probably wouldn’t think of, like raw material extraction and freight shipping.

What is a carbon credit? Is it the same as an offset?

Carbon credits and offsets can be confusing, but don’t need to be. A carbon credit is a certificate generated when someone takes an action to eliminate a metric tonne of greenhouse gas emissions. People that develop carbon-eliminating projects can produce carbon credits. When carbon credits are used by companies or individuals to zero-out their own emissions, it’s called an offset. So really, offsets are just credits used for a specific purpose.

How are carbon credits created?

Carbon credits are created when someone does a project to eliminate a metric tonne of greenhouse gas emissions. The project might be a reforestation initiative that sequesters (sucks up) CO2, or a project that replaces coal-fired electricity with solar electricity. The project developer can sell the carbon benefits of the project in the form of carbon credits. There are hundreds of ways to create carbon credits, and the list is growing steadily. Find out more about different types of carbon projects here.

What does carbon neutral mean?

Carbon neutrality means having a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing carbon from the atmosphere. Worldwide carbon neutrality is needed by 2050 to limit the worst effects of climate change. This is why Climate Neutral is working to encourage companies to take the lead by achieving carbon neutrality today.

Find out more on Climate Neutral’s FAQ page!

We’re passionate about exploring, playing in, and enjoying the splendours of the great outdoors – and we’re dedicated to protecting our climate for generations to come. 

Who knew drinking beer could be a force for good?