Clean energy, clean cookstoves, clean drinking water and light – even after sunset! More time for work and school. Healthy forests are full of flora and fauna. And on top of it all, protecting our environment. These are just a few of the positive impacts of the projects.
Carbon offset projects help counteract the release of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, whilst simultaneously improving the livelihood of people around the world. By supporting carbon offset projects, you can offset emissions that are currently unavoidable and hence reduce your overall environmental impact. Carbon offsetting is deemed crucial in achieving the goals set by the Paris Agreement on climate change.
We have chosen four Carbon Offset projects active in different parts of the world focused on:
The ocean stores a quarter of the CO2 from the atmosphere and 93.4% of the heat caused by the greenhouse effect – making it a major brake on climate change. Warming, overfishing, pollutants and waste endanger this balancing function. The Plastic Bank prevents plastic waste from entering the sea and therefore indirectly protects the climate.
Forests are not only among the planet’s most important carbon reservoirs, but they are also home to an enormous amount of species diversity and an important source of people’s livelihood. Global forest areas have declined sharply in recent decades due to increasing settlement, agricultural use, illegal logging and mining.
Forest protection projects ensure that forests are preserved in the long term and that the protection of forests is given a higher value than deforestation. Together with the local population, project participants protect the area from negative influences, allowing for alternative sources of income and educational opportunities.
Since hydropower is created without burning fossil fuels, it is considered emission-free. The growth of renewable energy production is essential to limiting global warming and securing energy supplies for the future. The amount of emissions saved by a hydropower project is calculated using the baseline method: how much CO2 would be released by generating the same amount of energy using standard energy production methods for the region?
Biomass projects involve energy being created from renewable biomass, which could be coconut shells, sawdust, wood chips, the residue of sugar cane processing, bamboo or wood from sustainable sources. No trees are felled, or fossil fuels burned, so no CO2 is emitted. As an additional greenhouse gas reduction measure, such projects mostly involve preventing biomass from rotting in the open air, so that no methane (CH4) is released.