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As part of our carbon neutrality strategy and to offset emissions we have not been able to reduce at source, SGS supports reputable carbon offsetting projects that benefit local communities.

We invest in projects, funded through the Clean Development Mechanism, which generate independently verified Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs). Each CER is equivalent to one metric tonne of CO2 avoided.

In 2018, SGS purchased CERs equivalent to avoiding 27,318 metric tonnes of CO2 through the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Estado de Mexico (EDOMEX) project. The BRT EDOMEX provides an efficient, safe and comfortable transit system for the State of Mexico’s 22 million inhabitants through five newly built BRT lines, providing 101 km of dedicated bus lanes. More than 900,000 passengers per day are transported by a fleet of 600 new buses on routes previously dominated by private cars. The BRT is centrally managed, allowing for buses to be dispatched on demand – a system that reduces empty seats. The average expected emission reduction from the project is 145,863 metric tonnes of CO2 per annum.

As well as lower carbon emissions from this transport system, the project offers additional health, social and economic benefits to the community, including lower noise pollution, fewer accidents and shorter commutes.