What is carbon offsetting?
The climate emergency is the most important issue facing the global community and it’s a crisis that can’t be solved simply by offsetting carbon emissions. In simple terms, carbon offsetting allows people who pollute to pay to reduce pollutants elsewhere in the world.
For example, I fly to New York for a holiday and produce 1,660 kg of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. I buy carbon offsetting that pays for a community in the developing world to be equipped with fuel efficient stoves that reduces their emissions for life.
As individuals we have a collective responsibility to cut our own emissions – when that isn’t possible, carbon offsetting can be a useful measure of last resort.
Calculating my emissions
A carbon footprint considers all six of the Kyoto Protocol greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride. The Carbon Trust, a partner of ClimateCare, suggests the average person in the UK emits 11 tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) once all these gases have been taken into account.
Where does my money go?
Rest assured that we sell only Gold Standard carbon offsets administered by Climate Care. Your carbon offsets will support one of many projects around the world, initiatives that would not otherwise be funded, including:
Simple, affordable and effective water solutions
Bringing affordable water filters to communities in Kenya, eliminating the need to boil. which is usually done by burning wood or charcoal, reducing forest cover and causing carbon emissions.
Community collaboration to conserve forests in the Amazon
Supporting local communities in the Amazon - an area under severe threat from illegal logging and deforestation for agriculture - by helping them realise value from the standing forest. The project captures 72,338 tonnes CO2e every year.
Cooking stoves that create jobs and transform lives
Introducing efficient cookstoves to families in Ghana that requires 50% less fuel and produce less smoke, meaning it not only cuts carbon emissions, but has the added benefit of reducing exposure to toxic fumes.
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