Since its inception, RTI has had a focus on preserving and protecting the environment. Whether it be purchasing carbon offsets, providing solar panels for local governments, preserving coral habitats or funding removal of ocean trash, RTI is giving back to the environment. RTI has made a practice of going above and beyond for environmental protection and enhancement. In addition to ensuring our cables are designed to avoid impacts, we leverage our local relationships to provide improvements and enhancements to the environment.
It has been well established over many years that the installation of submarine cables, if properly designed, are not harmful to the environment. Some interesting images can be found associated with this Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s paper that supports this idea:
The cables are quite small averaging 1” (2.54 cm) in diameter and are typically laid directly on the ocean floor. They can be designed to largely avoid impacting sensitive biological resources in the ocean and on land. One of the keys to environmental stability is to avoid impacts. RTI ensures a close problem-solving working relationship between the marine engineers designing the cable alignments and construction methods and our marine biologists tasked with assessing the potential environmental impacts. The information shared during this design process provides for the maximum avoidance of sensitive environmental resources.
RTI has made a practice of going above and beyond for environmental protection and enhancement. In addition to ensuring our cables are designed to avoid impacts, we leverage our local relationships to provide improvements and enhancements to the environment.
For our construction projects, we calculate the amount of carbon that will be emitted from the construction equipment so those emissions can be offset. We chose offset reserves that are beneficial to the local region where the emissions occur. For example, we have purchased carbon offsets related to forest management for the California emissions from our projects.
RTI has partnered with local governments where we operate to help them achieve their green initiative goals. In one such case we contributed to the purchase and installation of solar panels for a city. Those solar panels will offset RTI’s construction emissions within the first 2 years of operation. Beyond that, they provide a net positive benefit for many years to come.
Some of our cables need to cross sensitive coral habitats. In order to ensure the cables have the lightest touch possible, we work closely with local biologists to identify the best possible cable alignment. Local biologists are hired to facilitate the cable installation to ensure maximum protection of the coral habitat. Then, RTI finances an enhancement program that will provide a net positive benefit to the coral habitat. In the long term, the cables offer structure in the ocean that corals and sea life can bond to thereby create sensitive habitat over time.
Accumulation of ocean debris, such as abandoned fishing nets and gear, poses increasing threats to marine life. RTI contributes funding to programs that are dedicated to removing dangerous ocean debris, such as derelict fishing gear, from the ocean.
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