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The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or greenhouse gases are gaseous substances that absorb part of the infrared radiation, emitted mainly by the land surface, reducing it's escape into space thus keeping the Earth warm. The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon. This phenomenon occurs since the formation of Earth and is necessary for sustaining life on the planet. However, the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has overcome this natural phenomenon, leading to an abnormal rise in temperature, causing a climate change that experts say could be potentially catastrophic.

The current level of emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the highest in the last 420,000 years. The eight warmest years in history occurred in the last decade. GHGs are largely responsible for climate change on our planet, in particular the global warming that is causing forest fires, glacier melting, changing ocean currents and rising sea levels. Amongst the greenhouse gases that are increasing in concentration, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide are the most important.

By introducing a carbon fee in its annual expense budget, Visões Úteis hopes to contribute in a positive and active way, not only to the awareness of the problem of emissions and greenhouse gases but also, in a direct way, to support entities engaged in environmental preservation and sustainable energy.

This is a cost for which we insist in taking responsibility, and that applies not only to every kind of travel that may produce greenhouse gases, namely car and plane travels, but also to the daily consumption of electric energy in our facilities. This is why, since 2009, we calculate the annual emission of greenhouse gases associated with the development of our activities, and we consider this ecological footprint as a mandatory production cost. We are, consequently, committed to contributing in equal measure to projects whose activity allows for the reduction of worldwide carbon emissions. The goal is to reach a balance between our emissions and our contributions, so that, through this informal acquisition of carbon credits, Visões Úteis’ activity may be as ecological as possible. For the accounting of this Carbon Fee, we use international reference standards.

In 2016 (last year accounted for) Visões Úteis’ activity generated the emission of 2,59 tons of greenhouse effect gases (0,85 tons concerning car fuel consumption, 1,51 tons concerning plane travels and 0,23 tons concerning electric consumption). The compensation of these emissions demanded – as a reference value – the planting of 17 trees, at a cost of 59€, a sum that we have delivered to the portuguese QUERCUS -
National Association for Nature Conservation.

Quercus was founded in 1985, and it's name is a reference to the Oak (Quercus in Latin), one of the characteristic species of Portugal. It is headquartered in the Monsanto Forest Park, in Lisbon. Quercus is a non-profit making, non-partisan association that conducts studies/assessments of Portugal's flora and fauna and establishes environmental projects with business enterprises and governmental bodies adhering to the principles and aims of sustainable development.
In 1992 the Association received the Global 500 Award attributed by the United Nations.

Finally, and besides this Carbon Fee, Visões Úteis promotes good environmental practices, not only in its daily activity, but also in what concerns stage sets and equipments’ recycling. We are also an accredited entity (by the Porto City Hall), in what concerns the disposal of materials in Eco Centers.

The greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or greenhouse gases are gaseous substances that absorb part of the infrared radiation, emitted mainly by the land surface, reducing it's escape into space thus keeping the Earth warm. The greenhouse effect is a natural phenomenon. This phenomenon occurs since the formation of Earth and is necessary for sustaining life on the planet. However, the increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has overcome this natural phenomenon, leading to an abnormal rise in temperature, causing a climate change that experts say could be potentially catastrophic.

The current level of emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the highest in the last 420,000 years. The eight warmest years in history occurred in the last decade. GHGs are largely responsible for climate change on our planet, in particular the global warming that is causing forest fires, glacier melting, changing ocean currents and rising sea levels. Amongst the greenhouse gases that are increasing in concentration, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide are the most important.

By introducing a carbon fee in it's annual expense budget, Visões Úteis hopes to contribute in a positive and active way, not only to the awareness of the problem of emissions and greenhouse gases but also, in a direct way, to support entities engaged in environmental preservation and sustainable energy.

This is a cost for which we insist in taking responsibility, and that applies not only to every kind of travel that may produce greenhouse gases, namely car and plane travels, but also to the daily consumption of electric energy in our facilities. This is why, since 2009, we calculate the annual emission of greenhouse gases associated with the development of our activities, and we consider this ecological footprint as a mandatory production cost. We are, consequently, committed to contributing in equal measure to projects whose activity allows for the reduction of worldwide carbon emissions. The goal is to reach a balance between our emissions and our contributions, so that, through this informal acquisition of carbon credits, Visões Úteis’ activity may be as ecological as possible. For the accounting of this Carbon Fee, we use international reference standards.

In 2011 (last year accounted for) Visões Úteis’ activity generated the emission of 3,5 tons of greenhouse effect gases (2,12 tons concerning car fuel consumption, 1,11 tons concerning plane travels and 0,2 tons concerning electric consumption). The compensation of these emissions demanded – as a reference value – the planting of 21 trees, at a cost of 110€, a sum that we have delivered to the WWF.

Created in 1961, WWF-World Wildlife Fund has been established as one of the most respected independent networks of nature conservation.

Headquartered in Switzerland, WWF is composed of organizations and offices in several countries that are characterized by their presence in both local and global contexts and by a constant dialogue between all those involved in environmental issues: from communities such as tribes of Baka pygmies in the rain forests of Central Africa, to international institutions like the World Bank and the European Commission.

WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by:

  • Conservation of biological diversity worldwide;
  • Ensuring the sustainability of renewable natural resources;
  • Promoting the reduction of pollution and waste.

 

Finally, and besides this Carbon Fee, Visões Úteis promotes good environmental practices, not only in its daily activity, but also in what concerns stage sets and equipments’ recycling. We are also an accredited entity (by the Porto City Hall), in what concerns the disposal of materials in Eco Centers.
Last modified on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 18:12

Visões Úteis is funded by

Secretário de Estado da CulturaDirectorate-General for the Arts (DGARTES)

Visões Úteis is a member of

Plateia - Associação dos Profissionais das Artes CénicasIETM - International Network for Contemporary Performing ArtsAnna Lindh Foundation