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: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/sep/16/carbon-offset-projects-carbon-emissions

Our first investment

Yay, we have now made our first investment with the help of our first beta-testers! Thank you!

We bought CERs equivalent to 24 tons of CO2 through a wind power project in Maharashtra, India.

Read more about the project here: https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/14-mw-wind-power-project-in-maharashtra-2342-

More information and documentation about the project: http://cdm.unfccc.int/Projects/DB/RWTUV1229007791.61/view

View our certificate from investing in this project: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/1491461_1999.pdf

View our invoice from doing the investment: https://www.goclimateneutral.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/invoice_1491461_1999.pdf

Living within our carbon budget

Prof. Kevin Anderson from Uppsala University explains the concept of carbon budget really well in the video “Living within our carbon budget: the role of politics, technology and personal action” on YouTube. It’s a glimpse into the free online course Climate Change Leadership, that I truly can recommend.

First reduce, then offset

The best way to fight climate change is to reduce your own climate footprint. There are lots of things you can do to live a more climate neutral life without having to offset anything.

  1. Eat Wisely. Eat less animal products and more plant based and locally produced food.
  2. Commute Green. Take your bike to work. If that’s not possible, take the subway, the bus or the train.
  3. Fly less and try going to faraway places by train. Go on local holidays and have more business meetings via Skype.
  4. Invest Green. Invest in renewable energy funds and in green companies. Stay away from oil, coal and companies that are not taking their climate impact seriously.

There are lots of other things you can do as well. Be creative!

When you’re having a hard time reducing your climate footprint further, offset what you can’t reduce.