How is offsetting my CO2 going to help reduce the threat of climate change?
Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing global society. We all need to make every effort to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can; we should offset the emissions we can’t reduce now.
Offsetting tackles climate change by:
- making real reductions in amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere that would not have happened without us;
- providing funds for renewable technologies and energy efficient solutions;
- raising awareness of the impact that our lifestyles have on the climate.
Read more in our section about the urgency of climate change and how offsets help address the situation.
How can I reduce my carbon footprint?
You can calculate and offset your carbon emissions using carbon calculators like the ones on our website, but there are many simple steps to reduce your carbon footprint before you offset it . You can do this on a day-to-day basis as well as with longer term planning – we’ve collated some suggestions here.
What will I get when I buy offsets?
Firstly you’ll be paying for part of a project that yields emissions reductions by doing good somewhere in the world. On top of feeling good that you’re helping tackle climate change, you’ll receive a ClimateCare certificate detailing your offset, and our useful reduction tips to help you take even more action for the planet. And we’ll make sure that your emissions are gone for good, by making sure the correct number of carbon credits on the public registry are removed on your behalf – so they can’t be used again.
If you want help telling your customers or other stakeholders about your activity, contact our marketing team.
Can I claim my business is carbon neutral when offsetting with you?
The short answer is yes, providing your carbon footprint has been calculated according to a recognised standard – either the WRI/WBCSD Greenhouse Gas Protocol and/or ISO 14064. Many governments now have guidelines on the use of the term ‘carbon neutrality’.Contact us to discuss your requirements.
Do you meet any industry standards?
Yes. Our projects follow the same robust process of design, monitoring and independent verification as set down by the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. They also meet a recognised international standard for emission reductions. We develop projects to comply with the CDM, Gold Standard CDM, Gold Standard VER, Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) and VER+.
Our work has played an important role in the development of the voluntary carbon market and our project principles have widely influenced the debate about what counts as a valid carbon offset. We continue to campaign for high standards.
Why is ClimateCare a profit for purpose organisation?
We want people to pay us for a service and take responsibility for the impact of their actions on people and the environment.
We believe our service should not be simply seen as ‘doing good’: We want to show that tackling climate change and development challenges can benefit from a business-based approach.
We don’t compete for charitable funding and frequently work with charities to help develop funding for their projects. The scale of the scale of the problems we are addressing is so great that we believe it’s essential to bring charities, business and government together.
How does ClimateCare choose which projects to fund?
Our experience of sourcing projects and strong network of contacts around the world help us source and develop high quality emission reduction projects, with strong sustainable development credentials.
We are always interested in hearing about any potential projects. If you would like to know more about applying to ClimateCare for project funds, contact us.
Why don’t you develop projects in the UK?
We have to make sure that our emission reductions are not ‘double counted’ by countries that have emission reduction targets under the United Nations Kyoto Protocol. ClimateCare will therefore not fund projects in countries that have binding targets under the Kyoto Protocol (i.e. developed countries that have ratified the Protocol) during the period when they have legally binding targets unless it can be assured that the emission reductions can be ‘retired’ from the national account.
Organisations interested in offsetting their emissions and taking positive action in the UK, should call us to take advantage of our unique partnership with the Woodland Trust.
How can we be sure that your projects are making the CO2 reductions that you claim?
Our projects follow the same robust process of design, monitoring and independent verification as set down by the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism. They also meet a recognised international standard for emission reductions.
Why do different offset companies have different prices?
When you buy an offset, the price will be determined by two factors:
- The amount of CO2 that is calculated from your activities – this may be different depending on the assumptions used by different companies;
- The price you are charged to offset this amount – our price per tonne of CO2 reflects the cost to reduce 1 tonne of CO2 through our project portfolio.
If you are buying large volumes, we can work with you to select specific projects to meet your budget and social development requirements, this can include becoming the sole purchaser for a project.