- Venom is producing something they call a carbon neutral battery. The company markets the batteries as Eco Alkaline. How can Venom claim to be producing alkaline batteries that are carbon neutral when other battery makers don’t? Why are Eco Alkalines carbon neutral? Could other battery makers create carbon neutral batteries? Could Venom produce Eco Lithiums or Eco Metal Hydrides? Let’s look at how these batteries came to be carbon neutral.
The Eco Alkaline batteries from Venom are free of Mercury, Cadmium and Lead as are most alkalines. They have the same power as other alkaline batteries sold by better known brands like Eveready, Rayovac and Duracell.
What Venom has done for its single use alkaline batteries is get certified CarbonFree by the Carbonfund.org, “the United States leading nonprofit provider of carbon offsets and climate solutions”. In order to get the CarbonFree product certification, Carbonfund.org looks at the life cycle of the product to determine “the carbon footprint of the product, reducing the footprint of the product where possible and offsetting the remaining carbon emissions.”
Venom has offset the carbon emissions of its alkaline batteries by supporting the Paso Pacifico Return to Forest reforestation project.
Validated by the Rainforest Alliance to the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards with Gold Distinction, the Return to Forest Project is helping to reforest as well as reconnect critical biological corridors along Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The project also brings economic opportunities to local communities while sequestering about 170,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Other battery makers could get the same certification if they are willing to offset the carbon footprint of their batteries by supporting one of the Carbonfund.orgs projects. The projects are all certified by third parties to be:
- Real: The quantified greenhouse gas or carbon reductions must represent actual emission reductions that have already occurred.
- Additional: The greenhouse gas or carbon reductions must be surplus to regulation and beyond what would have happened in the absence of the project or in a business-as-usual scenario based on a performance standard methodology. Read more.
- Permanent: The greenhouse gas or carbon reductions must be permanent or have guarantees to ensure that any losses are replaced in the future. Read more.
- Verifiable: The greenhouse gas or carbon reductions must result from projects whose performance can be readily and accurately quantified, monitored and verified.
The projects supported by Carbonfund.org in their offset program are also audited by a third party to verify that the projects are actually performing as stated.
Not only can other battery manufacturers use carbon offsets to promote their projects and improve the environment, but the offsets could cover any type of battery. Of course, that depends on how much the maker is willing to spend for an eco-friendly label.
Carbonfund.org has excellent projects that can help the environment while providing green cache to various projects. Venom could follow the same process to get its lithium, metal hydroxide and other battery makes certified as CarbonFree. But they would have to invest more money to do it.