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SAAM Towage Colombia achieves carbon neutrality at its largest operation

SAAM Towage Colombia achieves carbon neutrality at its largest operation
The team at SAAM Towage Colombia

SAAM Towage Colombia has achieved the PAS 2060 carbon neutrality certification and ISO 14061-1 assurance of greenhouse gases (GHG), offsetting 100% of its emissions with forestry projects.

Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s leading companies in testing, inspection and certification, verified that the company correctly measured and offset 100% of the GHG emissions generated in 2020 at all maritime towage operations in Cartagena Bay.

Joao Paulo Marins, country manager of SAAM Towage Colombia, said: “Sustainability is a strategic objective and moving forward towards more and more sustainable operations is one of the cornerstones of our management.

“Because of this, we not only measured our carbon footprint and took steps to reduce it, but we also decided to fully offset it with forestry projects, thus making our operations carbon neutral.”

The emissions offset by the company’s efforts totalled 2,930 tonnes of CO2, including all services provided for the ecopetrol group.

Actions taken by SAAM Towage Colombia include efficiently using fuel and planning maneuverers, migrating to LED lighting and training personnel.

Two initiatives were selected to offset emissions and, in addition to offsetting GHGs, the company also supports the local economy in communities near its operations and help recover deforested acreage.

The project is known as the Andean and Atlantic Coast Association Programme – FCG and Caracoli Carbon Bonds.

SAAM Towage Colombia’s goal for 2022 is to continue to make progress by upgrading facilities and equipment and technology.

The company is already working on the future installation of a solar power generation plant at the Cartagena Operations Base.