Vad händer med den eventuella vinst som företagen som genomför klimatprojekten gör?

När klimatprojekten vi stöttar genomförts – bland annat tack vara alla våra fantastiska medlemmar – så kommer de leverera massor med klimatnytta. Och de levererar ibland också vinst till företagen som bygger och förvaltar projekten, eftersom de är vanliga företag och inte ideella föreningar.

Vi har inte möjlighet att ha kontroll över den eventuella vinsten som genereras av projekten. Vi tror dock att det är väldigt bra om de genererar vinst, fördelen med det är att ännu fler företag kommer ge sig in i den här i så fall attraktiva marknaden och bygger ännu fler klimatprojekt. Konkurrensen ökar och priserna sjunker. Marknaden för att ställa om till en grön planet växer och pengar vi stöttar projekten med kan göra ännu mer klimatnytta framöver!

Men själva vinsten då? Jo, förhoppningsvis används vinsten till att bolagen fortsätter bygga klimatsmarta projekt eftersom det nu är en attraktiv marknad. Men som sagt, det är inget vi kan kontrollera, det är företagen som bygger och genomför klimatprojektet som bestämmer det. Vinsten kan också delas ut till sina ägare (vilket gör att fler satsar sina pengar i företag som bygger klimatprojekt!), men den kan ju också användas till något som är mindre bra för klimatet tyvärr.

Vi ser inte marknaden för klimatkompensation som perfekt, det finns till exempel flera saker som vi inte kan kontrollera – men vi tror att det är ett av de bästa verktygen vi har om vi vill skynda på omställningen till en grön värld – samtidigt som vi själva jobbar så mycket som vi kan på att minska våra egna klimatavtryck.

Godawari Green Energy Solar Thermal Power Project

Gold Standard

We have now offset another 10,000 ton CO2eq in a CDM and Gold Standard certified project!

Located in northern India, this large-scale, 50 MW-capacity solar thermal power project generates almost 119,000 MWh for India’s Combined Regional Grid, displacing electricity sourced from the burning of fossil fuels to reduce emissions and contribute to regional sustainable development.

India is the world’s second largest country by population, beaten only by China – and it is rapidly catching up. As its developing economy strengthens further and rapid population growth continues, India’s energy needs are rising. While the share of renewables in India’s energy mix is growing, coal still accounts for over half of its electricity production.

Located in Jaisalmer District in North India’s Rajasthan State, this large-scale solar thermal power project helps satiate India’s growing energy demands. The 50 MW-capacity solar thermal plant uses parabolic trough technology to generate almost 119,000 MWh of clean energy for the Combined Regional Grid annually, further diversifying India’s electricity mix away from fossil fuels.

On top of supplanting fossil fuels with clean electricity to reduce emissions, the project proponent commits 2% of Carbon Emission Reduction (CER) sales to community welfare and sustainable development projects. The social benefits of this include local employment opportunities that alleviate regional poverty, as well as better roads and improved basic infrastructure. The project also contributes to the transfer of environmentally sound, state-of-the-art thermal solar power generation technology in India, and encourages further

More information about this project in the Gold Standard registry (including verification and monitoring reports):

More information on the UN-site here:

Invoice: Faktura Godwari Solar Energy

Certificate: Intyg klimatkompensation GNC okt 2018

See more pictures of the project here:


Is train a feasible alternative to flying?


As I write this I’m sitting on a train headed back to Sweden, pondering the result of a year’s experimentation with travelling by train instead of flying. Is this an effective way to reduce my carbon footprint? The jury is in! Read on.

One common rallying cry among climate advocates is to fly less (or ideally not at all). I consider myself a climate advocate (here’s my entry ticket), but I’m also a pragmatist. I’ve worked enough with behavioural change to know that it’s unrealistic to expect many people to change their habits unless there is a convenient and compelling alternative. For example, Spotify killed music pirating, not by attacking pirate sites, but by providing a better and more convenient alternative.

So what are the alternatives to flying, if you want to get from A to B?

  • Option A: Don’t go. Stay at A. This option won’t fly (pun intended) with most people. There’s a reason why they want to go from A to B, and only a small number of people will be willing to sacrifice that (kudos to those people though!).
  • Option B: Walk or bicycle. Not feasible. A distance that is long enough to take a flight is usually waaay too long for a walk or bicycle ride, unless you are an enthusiast with LOTS of time on your hands.
  • Option C: Car. This makes sense only if you travel in a group, or if you drive an electric car. If you drive alone in a fuel car, the climate impact is about the same as flying, just takes longer and is more dangerous and clogs up the road.
  • Option D: Bus. I haven’t found any long-distance bus options  to the places I go. Might be more feasible in other countries than mine.
  • Option E: Train. Is train a feasible alternative? Definitely climate friendly, but what about price, convenience, reliability, and time? Read on!

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Second Climate Offset Investment – 42 tons CO2!

Now we have made our second community climate offset investment, this time in a project from Godawari Power and Ispat Limited replacing coal with waste heat flue gases.

Together we have offset 42 tons of CO2 this time! Thank you so much everyone!

Read more about the project here:

More information and documentation about the project:

View our certificate from investing in this project:

View our invoice from doing the investment:

Why is it so cheap to offset carbon emissions?

Many people are confused by the low price when offsetting carbon emissions. If it’s so bad for the environment to fly, can a few dollars really be enough to counteract the impact?

The answer is yes. At present there are all kinds of ways to reduce emissions very inexpensively. As an example, a low-energy lightbulb, available for $2 or so, can over the space of six years save 250kg of CO2 – equivalent to a short flight. That does not mean that a low-energy lightbulb make up for flying. The point is simply that the world is full of inexpensive ways to reduce emissions.

In the future, when more people and governments starts to offset, the price of offsets might gradually rise, as the low-hanging fruit of emissions savings – the easiest and cheapest “quick wins” – will get used up.

Read more here: