What is Carbon Balanced offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is a process whereby an individual or company takes action to prevent the release of emissions elsewhere, or secures the absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide as part of a wider approach to measure, reduce and then offset emissions through impactful conservation projects.
Carbon Balanced offsetting focuses on taking a balanced approach to your emissions by following a three-step process to measure and reduce, before offsetting residual emissions.
All carbon balanced projects are carefully designed according to robust standards that ensure offsets are delivered at a portfolio of sites where they are measurable, verifiable and properly monitored and can achieve high-quality REDD+ outcomes.
Why offset residual emissions?
Human emissions of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide from households, cars, flights and habitat destruction are leading to global temperature rise and anthropogenic climate change. This has a severe impact on human systems; including increased flooding, landslides, threats to food and water security, and health.
Ecosystems are adversely affected through changes in species range and abundance, with climate change negatively impacting the threats that already occur and species’ adaptability to said threats.
Each and every one of us must take responsibility for our own impact on the climate. By reducing carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, Carbon Balancing is addressing the effect of increased GHG emissions on the climate whilst contributing to wildlife conservation.
How does Carbon Balanced contribute to conservation?
Terrestrial habitats, such as forests, grasslands and wet peatlands, contain large volumes of carbon in their biomass and soils. However, these habitats are being destroyed or degraded at an unprecedented rate, releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere and contributing to between 10 and 20 per cent of global GHG emissions.
The Carbon Balanced programme offsets emissions by protecting threatened habitats that would otherwise have been lost, avoiding the release of stored carbon. This also enables the regeneration of degraded habitats, which gradually re-absorb atmospheric CO2. In a warmer climate, it is predicted that tropical ecosystems will be able to store less carbon than they do now, so urgent action is required.