The CarbonLock Label was founded in Sweden in 2020, to address some of the biggest challenges that our society is facing today: CO2 emissions and climate change.
While loads of initiatives are being taken, things are still not moving fast enough on a global level. This makes us feel powerless when debating how to stop or even just to slow down climate change, while many of us probably felt disillusioned when thinking about the amplitude of the task.
We did, too.
How can we save the environment when each of us can only act at their own scale at home?
How can our voice be heard only by gradually changing our ways of consuming?
How can we even make sure to have a positive impact on the climate, to begin with?
This is why we created CarbonLock.
CarbonLock works with businesses and the consumer to accelerate the low carbon transition and limit CO2 emissions.
In order to ensure a powerful impact, CarbonLock bases its work on the carbon market EU ETS. This system sets a sharp legal limit to the yearly CO2 emissions of the heavy industry (major polluting companies in Europe), limit which is represented by a yearly number of emission rights (EUAs).
Logically, the less EUAs available on the market, the less CO2 can be released.
This is where CarbonLock comes into play: we gather funds from businesses, which we use to buy and freeze EUAs from the market, ensuring less CO2 emissions in Europe from the heavy industry.
In parallel, the money dedicated to buy EUAs is reinvested by the European Union to fund environmental innovations for the same heavy industry, giving a double positive impact to the CarbonLock action.
Our standard process is simple and puts the CarbonLock businesses in the center of it, at the same time as it widely shows their engagement thanks to our label.
Each business dedicates a percentage of their turnover to CarbonLock, meaning that a part of each product or service’s price is directly transferred to us.
We then use that participation to buy emission rights (EUAs) from the European Union and freeze them.
Thanks to this model, our solution builds a bridge between the society and the European system.
It makes anyone able to decrease the number of EUAs on the market by buying from CarbonLock businesses (our Partners).
Long story short, the CarbonLock process is a virtuous circle.
It is extremely simple, transparent, and rewards every actor involved.
Of course, the more people and businesses are taking part in this adventure with us, the bigger the impact will be, and the faster we can push the change towards a sustainable society.
Welcome to the CarbonLock network!
About the founders
Thomas comes from Bordeaux, France, has a master in mechanical engineering and has been working as a Program Manager for the better part of 7 years for Kongsberg Maritime
Elio comes from Montpellier, France, has a master in biology and is working as a researcher on CO2 emissions and carbon sinks at the University of Göteborg