Industrial Process Emissions Reduction
Polyurethane foam cushions and insulates the world. It surrounds you at this moment: in furniture upholstery, vehicle seats, mattress pads, pillows, and carpet pads; as insulating panels in refrigerators and houses; as padding in toys, clothing, football helmets, and medical devices; as the primary component of sponges, surfboards, and the outer soles of athletic shoes.
Manufacturing them requires something called a blowing agent. One of the most popular blowing agents, HFC-245fa, contributes to climate change as an extremely potent greenhouse gas. During the foam’s manufacturing process, use, and ultimate destruction, all of the blowing agent will eventually be released into the atmosphere.
A new blowing agent, HFO-1233zd(E), sold under the name Solstice LBA, dramatically reduces the environmental impact of polyurethane foams. Its global warming potential is 99% less than that of HFC-245fa. The additional revenue from the carbon offsets enabled the manufacturer to increase adoption of Solstice LBA, which otherwise had been slow to penetrate the market. This particular set of offsets covers a manufacturing location in Ontario, Canada.
Cloverly buys offsets that meet accepted standards for being real, measurable, verifiable, permanent, and additional. "Additional" means that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened unless it got certified to sell carbon offsets. The American Carbon Registry oversees verification of the HFC project. You can find verification documents at https://acr2.apx.com/mymodule/reg/TabDocuments.asp?r=111&ad=Prpt&act=update&type=PRO&aProj=pub&tablename=doc&id1=491.
Projects can produce many offsets during a year. So a project may appear more than once in the Cloverly portfolio. You can tell the year of the offset by the date in the web address for each project: "12-months-starting-[month]-[year]." For a list of all the projects in our portfolio and an interactive map, see https://dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets. Learn more about Cloverly at https://cloverly.com.
American Carbon Registry