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Carbon offsets can help reduce carbon emissions while funding environmental protection and sustainable development. When a business purchases a carbon credit to make up for carbon emissions t he funds is put towards projects that either reduce carbon emissions or remove the same amount of carbon from the atmosphere.
Even if you’ve never considered carbon offsets, here are ten reasons why you should implement them into your business.
We’re currently living in the middle of a climate emergency and taking action is becoming a serious matter. We’ve witnessed devastating climate disasters across the globe, and these are only predicted to get worse as years without action go by.
Carbon offsetting is a tangible solution that allows individuals and corporations to help counteract emissions and aid in climate change. As CO2 levels are currently at their highest in 4 million years, it’s becoming even more urgent that we take action.
By investing in carbon offsets, you can balance your carbon footprint. Not only does this minimize the global effects of climate change, but it also boosts the economy and improves public health.
This helps by creating a positive change, but it also sets a good impression on your employees. A recent survey found that 75% of millennials want their employer’s values to match their own, and 62% want to make a positive change in the world (p.17). Operating a sustainable business will instill an added layer of trust in your company.
From corporations like Amazon and Netflix to the entire country of Norway, many people are committed to reducing their carbon emissions. Not only is it a large industry, with the market for voluntary offsets almost reaching $300 million in 2018 (the most recent data available), but it also shows signs of promising future growth. By purchasing carbon offsets, you’re joining a host of trustworthy corporations trying to help our planet.
Planting trees isn’t the only way of offsetting carbon emissions, as the industry is now home to many clean energy projects like providing developing countries with efficient cooking stoves or capturing methane at landfill sites. It’s exciting how many new ways there are for your business to help tackle climate change through offsetting.
There are also upcoming technologies that will innovate this space in the future, including direct air capture and engineering crops to admit more CO2. Clearly, carbon offsets are here to stay and only just at the start of their lifespan.
Many people worry that carbon offsetting will add a huge extra cost for their business, but they’re actually incredibly affordable. A standard fee is around € 9,- per tonne of CO2 offset, or a return flight from London to San Francisco would cost € 23,- to entirely offset. Since prices are bound to increase as demand does, we recommend getting in there early.
Carbon standard ensures that the offset scheme you choose is making a positive impact, so you won’t fall fool to ineffective, temporary, or risky ones. The Gold Standard is the highest global standard and ensures that key environmental criteria are met by carbon offsets, so you can be confident that you’re making a significant difference.
Carbon offsetting also gives you the incentive to make greener decisions, knowing that there’s subsequently less to offset. It isn’t a tool to justify your guilt for frequent travel or excessive energy usage, but it’s a substantial way to be proud of the change you’re making.
By participating in carbon offsetting, you’re standing united with hundreds of other businesses who believe that we need to take action to make the biodiversity flourish. The more individuals that join this discourse, the more likely that people will start to listen and join in with minimizing carbon emissions.
While carbon offsets are a great way to help the planet and make your business more eco-friendly, they also have a variety of social benefits. Some projects involve buying clean-burning stoves for families to improve their quality of food and living. Others provide chlorine stations so people don’t have to use fossil fuels to boil water, helping to reduce diseases and pollution in the process. The communities and families that are helped by carbon offsetting means you won’t just be making an environmental difference, but a humanitarian one, too.
These days, a lot of carbon offsets aren’t passive – they involve behavioral changes and look towards the future to find a solution. For example, forest conservation projects frequently train local residents on sustainable farming practices and forest management, which they can then implement for years to come. Hopefully, with the knowledge and development passed down through generations, offsetting carbon emissions will continue to benefit the planet in the future.
Carbon offsets are an effective method that’s propelling the planet in the right direction. DGB Group carbon offsetting allows us to address other climate concerns like restoring ecosystems and protecting wildlife. We also continue to innovate and come up with large-scale ways to help the environment.
While carbon offsetting alone isn’t a solution, it’s a tangible and effective way for businesses to be more eco-friendly. By researching the carbon offsets available, checking the carbon standard, and encouraging more sustainable choices within your business, you can help to tackle climate change.
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