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Emission-tracking firm gains ground overseas

US-based Pfizer has used a custom-designed software suite to measure the carbon emissions at all of its commercial offices as well as those generated by employees’ business travel, waste and water use, inbound aviation, shipping and outbound haulage.

Carbon Masters, a spin-off company from the University of Edinburgh in 2009, was commissioned by Pfizer to track emissions at its commercial facility in Quito, Ecuador.

The contract was part of a company-wide initiative called Carbono Zero, where Pfizer invested in a local project that seeks to prevent deforestation of Ecuador’s Amazonian rainforest and thereby offset its own emissions.

The Scottish company said it had also completed an assessment for Adelca in Ecuador at the end of last year, measuring the carbon footprint of this company’s plant outside Quito.

The carbon management consultancy has also opened a branch in Bangalore to explore opportunities in the Indian market. It recently secured an engagement with American Tower Corporation, a telecom infrastructure provider to map the carbon footprint of its telecom towers.

India boasts the second largest telecoms sector in the world with 900 million subscribers.

However, this rapid expansion has created 400,000 telecom towers, powered by a mixture of electricity, batteries and diesel, in rural and remote areas where connection to the grid is partial or absent, which produce 16m tonnes of CO2 annually.

As well as working in the Indian telecomm sector, the company is also engaged in several energy efficiency projects, including in a large office building in the centre of Bangalore where it is coordinating the installation of solar panels on the roof, reducing electricity consumption and carbon emissions.

Carbon Masters is now seeking to gain a presence in the US following market research which identified opportunities, particularly in the grocery retail sector.

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