Kenson Carbon Net Zero Capability Portfolio (KCNZCP)

Welcome to Kenson Carbon Net Zero Capability Portfolio (KCNZCP)!

KCNZCP is a company-wide initiative to share information and practice to which will develop our capability in achieving Carbon Net Zero targets. There is a global acceptance to achieve Carbon Net Zero by 2030 and we intend to be an active participator in achieving this objective. KCNZCP is also consistent with the strategic direction of many of our clients and we intend to remain aligned with their Carbon Net Zero goals.

As we move forward under this initiative, we will embark on several informational and educational activities, for both our employees and members of the general public, so that they can improve their knowledge and understanding in this area. We will also undertake several relevant projects that will involve our staff and showcase their knowledge.

Throughout this site, we have included summaries and scholarly papers on several topics related to Carbon Net Zero. This is to give you, our visitors, broad overviews of each topic and hopefully encourage you to actively pursue more information on all things Carbon Net Zero.

We hope you enjoy our site and look forward to your participation and feedback.

To get in touch with a KCNZCP representative, please send an email to kcnz@kenson.co.tt

Kenson Carbon Net Zero Capability Portfolio (KCNZCP)

Why “Carbon Zero.”

Since the 1880’s fossil fuels have been the primary source of energy used by humans for the creation of heat, work and electricity.

Fossil fuels exist in three main forms:

  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Natural Gas

In recent years, however, it has become apparent that fossil fuels are not a sustainable primary source of energy in the long-term. These fuels are considered “non-renewable” as they must spend millions of years being formed in the Earth’s crust before being available in the forms described above. Moreover, the combustion of fossil fuels results in the emission of gaseous by-products known as greenhouse gases. These greenhouse gases modify the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere giving rise to a “greenhouse” effect, from which they derive their name. Radiation from the sun warms and is reflected off the Earth’s surface, and heat is then trapped by this insulating layer of gas, subsequently resulting in rising temperatures (See Figure). This phenomenon is known as global warming.

                                    Figure 1 – Greenhouse Effect

Towards the end of the 20th century, the threat imposed by rising temperatures and the associated climate change was identified and since then has had a growing profile internationally. This represented a truly global dilemma, which must in turn be addressed on a global scale. In 2016, the world saw the first united approach to combatting global warming with 196 countries signing the Paris Agreement. This international treaty sought to enact measures seeing a move towards a global “carbon net zero”. Carbon net zero refers to balancing the amount of emitted greenhouse gases with an equivalent mean that will offset or sequester the same amount. The goal of the initiative is to work towards remedying the current worldwide energy practices which have given rise to the unprecedented global warming and climate changes witnessed over the preceding decades. The Paris Agreement sets a long-term temperature goal of limiting the rise of global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

The demand for fossil fuels has exponentially increased to subsist constantly rising human productivity (See figure). However as previously explored this is not sustainable in the long-term and a simple solution to this is to reduce unnecessary demand for fossil fuels by implementing Energy Conservation. This can be defined as the process of achieving the same work output utilizing methods that require less energy.

                       Figure 2 – Global Fossil Fuel Consumption

In 2016, the world saw the first united approach to combatting global warming with 196 countries signing the Paris Agreement. This international treaty sought to enact measures seeking a move towards a global “carbon net zero” state by controlling the emission of greenhouse gases.

Carbon net zero refers to balancing the amount of emitted greenhouse gases with an equivalent amount through reduction or sequestration that will result in a net zero emission. The goal of the carbon net zero initiative is to work towards modifying the current worldwide energy practices so that the emission of greenhouse gases is reduced below sequestration.

The Paris Agreement is based on a long-term temperature goal of limiting the rise of global temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius. Each country has agreed to specific reduction in greenhouse emission either through reduced use or sequestration of produced gases.

June 10, 2021

Court Orders Shell to cut emissions

            A recent report by the BBC News (June 10, 2021) indicated that a court...
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June 4, 2021

Direct emissions from three Stabroek Block projects equivalent to burning over 260,000 hectares of Guyana’s forests

The Kaieteur News of Jun 2nd, 2021 reports on a constitutional case filed in the Guyanese courts against ExxonMobil oil and gas projects, which purports that 90 million tonnes of greenhouse gases will be emitted directly from the three projects Liza 1, Liza 2 and Payara. This does not include the carbon dioxide that would be emitted when the oil and gas is eventually used in transportation fuels and other applications.
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June 2, 2021

Some Good News on the Climate Front by Gwynne Dyer

A well put together article that gives an update on recent court rulings, on actions taken by the ‘common man’ against the oil giants with positive results. The courts ruling that the companies must reduce their carbon emissions is in alignment with the Paris accord that requires a 45 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 to keep the average global temperature increase below the 1.5 deg C.
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