De Beers sightholder Star Rays is taking steps to become India’s first carbon-neutral diamond company, working with carbon consultancy Carbon Expert.
The company is doing this as part of the World Jewellery Confederation’s (CIBJO) greenhouse gas measuring and offsetting initiative, to ensure its carbon emissions and removals are measured in accordance with international standards.
“Global warming and climate change have come to the fore as a key issue in sustainable development,” said Star Rays partner Jitesh Shah in a statement. “Every human activity in the world releases carbon dioxide. We are committed to reducing carbon emissions at every step in our business and personal life.”
The company added in a statement, “The natural diamond industry is moving toward a carbon-neutral future, with an increased use of renewable energy sources in various mines.”
Pandora recently committed to becoming carbon-neutral in 2025. Lab-grown diamond producer Diamond Foundry has also been certified carbon-neutral by Natural Capital Partners. And De Beers hopes to have carbon-neutral mining at some of its operations in the next five years, thanks to technology that takes advantage of the carbon-storing quality of kimberlite, the rock that bears natural diamonds.
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