What is carbon offsetting?
Have you ever wondered how businesses or projects claim to be ‘carbon neutral’? Though it begins with reduction or a switch to renewable energy sources, many companies and individuals turn to carbon offsetting schemes to counterbalance the rest of their carbon footprint.
Although they are called ‘carbon’ offsets, these companies take contributions to fund projects which reduce many different forms of greenhouse gas emissions. This could be by planting trees, improving energy efficiency of machines/buildings/transportation or by updating power plants.
What to look for in a carbon offsetting provider
As more and more companies emerge claiming to help you offset your carbon emissions, it is important to look into how exactly your money will be used. Some environmental activists have warned that many trees that are planted in the name of carbon offsetting do not live a full life and favour more robust schemes which offer multiple options of reducing emissions. There are lots of options available but after much research we have chosen World Land Trust who we are happy to recommend.
We recommend World Land Trust
About World Land Trust (WLT)
The World Land Trust was established in 1989. They use a combination of land acquisition, forest regeneration and protection of threatened forest to conserve natural habitats and defend delicate ecosystems, predominantly in the tropics. Tropical rainforests contain half the world’s forest biomass and are in critical need of protection. WLT hires reserve rangers from local communities to protect these habitats and the animals who call the forests home.
Counting Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham amongst its patrons, World Land Trust has an impressive legacy of helping individuals measure, reduce and offset their emissions. We recommend WLT’s Carbon Balanced scheme where your offsets are specifically assigned to a portfolio of sites where the results can be carefully measures, verified and monitored.