Carbon Offsetting

What is Carbon Offsetting?

A carbon offsetting scheme zeros out all or part of the carbon dioxide emissions of a party by reducing the emissions of another party. This reduces net greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of combating global warming. Effectively offsetting the emissions of an activity makes that activity "carbon neutral". The most widespread means of offset entails planting of trees to absorb carbon dioxide.

Offsetting activities can vary widely: the most frequent is tree planting, followed by various energy conservation activities, sometimes certified as CDM credits, and sometimes in the form of allowances purchased from the EU ETS.

Carbon offset providers often provide a "carbon calculator" to estimate personal or business carbon dioxide emissions arising from consumption of electricity, petrol, air travel, etc. The fossil fuel usage of one average residence in the UK produces 11 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. At the bottom of this page there is a list of companies who sell offsetting credits.

Local carbon offsetting companies

Carbon Offset Provider

Price (GBP£/Metric ton CO2)

Non-profit

Projects Types

Project Choice

Offset Types

DrivingGreen -
Ireland

£4.25 

No

Renewables

No

Car

Carbon Clear -
UK

£9.00

No

Reforestation

No

Home, Car, Air, Babies

Carbon Neutral Company - UK

£6.90 - 14.30

No

Renewables, Efficiency, Reforestation

Yes

Home, Car, Air, Events, Business

Trees for Life -
UK

£10.50 approx.

Yes

Reforestation

No

Car, Air, Public Transport

Grow a Forest -
UK

£11.65 & Up

No

Reforestation, Gifts

No

Air, Car, Home, Business

Unsure about your Carbon Footprint?

There are a number of websites with very easy to use carbon calculators, the calculator below is also linked to an offsetting fund.

Liverpool John Moores University and Carbon Offsetting

LJMU is working with the information available to make an informed decision and as such this page is reflects LJMUs current opinion

External links

http://www.co2balance.com/



Page last modified by Nathan Hurdsfield on 07 April 2010.
 
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