The Company

Servicios Ambientales S.A. (SASA) is a Bolivian company, a leader in innovation, with 20 years of experience in the development of projects related to climate change in the region. Its principal experience in based on the elaboration of the Carbon and Water Footprint inventories and action plans for the reduction and compensation in different areas ( geographic, organizational, in products and events), based on internationally recognized methodologies.

It began more than ten years ago with the implementation of methodologies for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for the projects related to reduction of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in the sectors of energy, waste and transport, and even has developed a CDM methodology for transport project Transmilenio in Bogota, Colombia.

SASA also participates in the implementation of mitigation and adaptation projects and provides technical training and advice on various issues, including climate finance.



Mission

Shape strategies, mechanisms and instruments for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, for governments, public and private sectors and organizations of civil society, vulnerable populations and territories.



Vision

SASA is a pioneering and innovative company that promotes and forms the adaptive management and sustainable development, integrating economic, social, cultural and environmental dimensions, on a global scale.



Background

Founded in 1998, SASA has profound belief in the importance of integrating economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects in order to contribute to social inclusion and sustainable development in Latin America. Based in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, SASA is the leading national company in the development of projects of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and management of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives related to environmental issues.

SASA is a pioneer in Latin America in measuring and managing Carbon Footprint and Water Footprint of cities, institutions, events and products, having been part of the team “Proyecto Huella de Ciudades” as a company executing the evaluation made to eleven Latin American cities: La Paz, Lima, Quito, Guayaquil, Fortaleza, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Tarija, Cali, Loja, Recife and Santa Cruz Galápagos.

    The project included the assessment of the Carbon Footprint and Water Footprint of cities in a geographical level and at the level of the municipal governments in each city, as institutions. Based on the results obtained from the measurement of footprints, SASA has developed Action Plans for beneficiary cities of the project, which constitute a potential investment portfolio to guide the development model of the target cities to one low carbon and resilient to climate change, which may be financed with funds from local governments, credit development banks (CAF, IDB, WB, IFC), climate funds (Green Fund, Adaptation Fund), among others.

    In 2015, SASA supported in the implementation of the project measuring the carbon footprint of the production chain of corn in Argentina, through MAIZAR, which is the association of corn producers and Argentine sorghum, in partnership with SUSTENTABLE and the technical support of support Carbonfeel.

    As part of the implemented projects, SASA has developed important software and footprint measurement tools, along with their respective user manuals, guides, methodological descriptions and tutorials including a toolbox -ToolBox- training aimed to create capacities for measuring and monitoring the footprints. It also has been created mechanisms to disseminate results and citizen participation, personal footprints calculators available as mobile apps, calculators for schools footprints, homes, businesses, among others.

    SASA also produces pre-feasibility studies and final design studies of sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources projects, and provides technical advice on issues of forests and climate finance.

    SASA has signed important partnerships and has worked directly with more than 50 partner institutions in promoting low-carbon development and resilience to climate change in the region, such as with Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), C40, development bank of america America (CAF), Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Latin American Future Foundation (FFLA), French Development Agency (AFD), Avina Foundation, etc.

Objectives

Main Objective

To promote the implementation of models of low-carbon development and climate-resilience in Latin America through innovative solutions in a field of multidimensional action.

Strategic goals:

Provide strategic advisory services on issues of mitigation and adaptation to climate change for governments, multilateral agencies, bilateral, businesses and organizations.
To promote a low carbon economy by measuring, reducing and neutralizing the carbon footprint.
To improve the environmental profile of the activities and products of companies and organizations in order to increase their competitiveness and strengthen its Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility.
To encourage the support of national and international companies that want to neutralize its carbon footprint in reduction projects of local emissions, which in addition to mitigating climate change contribute to sustainable development in vulnerable sectors in the country.
To promote tools for the reduction and neutralization of emissions of greenhouse gases
Support the creation of markets to value environmental services
Facilitate attracting local and foreign capital to develop projects of environmental services valuation such as energy efficiency and renewable energy development.

Corporate Social Responsability (CSR)

In addition to supporting companies in the region to implement actions of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with a focus on issues of mitigation and adaptation to climate change, SASA has developed some projects under CSR as a sign of its own commitment to society and the environment.

One of the most important is the Carbon Footprint Social Project of the Rally Dakar Bolivian section "Clean Energy for Living Well", which was to design a local mechanism to manage the Indirect Carbon Footprint generated by the competition in its 3 most recent versions.

For this, the following activities were implemented:

Clients and partners


    CAF – Banco de desarrollo de América Latina
    CDKN – Programa subnacional de aprendizaje y Proyecto Leeds
    Banco Mundial – Low Carbon Livable Cities (LC2) initiative, International Energy Efficiency Financing Facility
    IFC – Programa de Ciudades Sostenibles
    BID – Iniciativa Ciudades Emergentes y Sostenibles
    AFD – Agencia Francesa de Desarrollo
    Fundación AVINA – Programa Ciudades Sustentables y Red Latinoamericana por Ciudades Justas, Democráticas y Sostenibles
    COSUDE – Proyecto Regional SwissAgua y Programa Ambiental Municipal Bolivia
    Unión Europea – Latin American Investment Facility, Delegaciones en Bolivia y Perú, EU Energy Initiative Partnership Dialogue Facility
    Agencias del Sistema de Naciones Unidas:
      - ONU Habitat
      - PNUD
      - PNUMA
    UNESCO
    FAO
    Fundación Rockefeller (100 Resilient Cities)
    WRI – World Resources Institute
    Swisscontact Bolivia y Ecuador
    Conservation International


    Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de La Paz (Bolivia)
    Municipio del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito (Ecuador)
    Municipalidad Metropolitana de Lima (Perú)
    Prefeitura Municipal de Fortaleza (Brasil)
    M. I. Municipalidad de Guayaquil (Ecuador)
    Gobierno Municipal de Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia)
    Gobierno Autónomo Municipal de Tarija (Bolivia)
    Alcaldía de Loja (Ecuador)
    Alcaldía de Santiago de Cali (Colombia)
    Prefectura de Recife (Brasil)
    Gobierno Autónomo Descentralizado Municipal de Santa Cruz (Ecuador)
    Intendencia Municipal de Montevideo (Uruguay)
    Municipalidad de Santiago (Chile)
    Gobierno de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
    Municipalidad Provincial de Arequipa (Perú)
    Alcaldía de Santiago de Cali (Colombia)
    Municipalidad de Asunción (Paraguay)
    La Alcaldía Mayor de Tunja en Boyacá (Colombia)
    Alcaldia de Valencia (Venezuela)
    Alcaldia de Medellin( Colombia)
    Municipio de Panamá ( República de Panamá)
    Gobierno de Galápagos (Ecuador)
    Municipalidad de Peñalolen (Chile)
    Municipalidad de Puchuncavi (Chile)
    Municipio Valdivia en Antioquia (Colombia)
    Gobierno Autónomo Descentralizado Municipal del Cantón Cuenca (Ecuador)
    Municipalidad Provincial de Tumbes (Perú)


    C40 – Grupo de Liderazgo Climático
    Red de Ciudades Suramericanas (REDCISUR)
    Red de Ciudades y Territorios Justos, Democráticos y Sostenibles
    LEDS GP – Low emission development strategies Global Partnership
    LEDS LAC - Low emission development strategies Latin America and the Caribbean
    UK AID (Plataforma ELLA)
    Global City Indicators
    CDP LA
    ICLEI – Gobiernos Locales para la Sustentabilidad


    Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
    Oxford University
    Yale University
    The Climate Reality Project


    GIZ – Proyecto PeriAgua – Bolivia
    Rayden Energy
    Green Building For Cities
    EcoCity Builders


    Departamento de Estado del Gobierno de Estados Unidos
    Ministerio de Ambiente del Perú
    Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Agua – Bolivia
    SEDAPAL
    EEQ
    Mi Teleférico

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