Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognised way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions.
In simple terms, offsetting one tonne of carbon means there will be one less tonne of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been.
In practice, carbon reductions are delivered through projects, for example those that reduce the need for fossil fuels or replace them with clean energy solutions.
An independent authority verifies the amount of carbon that has been reduced and “issues” a credit for every tonne of emissions reduced. You purchase the Emission Reduction Credits, and they are then retired on a public registry, so they cannot be used again.
The process allows you to take responsibility for your emissions by funding a carbon-reduction project that could not take place without your money.
Offsetting is currently the only way to take responsibility for what remains after taking efficiency measures, and is endorsed by the UN as an effective means to tackle climate change. For further information about taking steps to effectively tackle climate change visit ClimateCare’s website.
“If we want businesses to remain relevant and profitable in a carbon-constrained world, we must choose to act now … Offsetting, along with reporting emissions, increasing efficiency and reducing emissions whenever possible, is a clear signal that a business is committed to a climate safe future for all.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UNFCCC