What is it?
Carbon offsetting is a way to put a price tag on your lifestyle. All the time we externalize costs that will have to be picked up by coming generations. Externalizing means we don’t take full responsibility.
Carbon offsetting is by no means a complete solution, but it is a way to take immediate responsibility by compensating for your emissions. Your everyday actions, at home and at work, consume energy and produce carbon emissions, such as driving, flying and heating buildings. Carbon offsetting is used to balance this out by funding an equivalent CO2 savings elsewhere
Many of the carbon offsetting projects also provide wider benefits in addition to carbon reduction, such as biodiversity, education, jobs, food security and heath & well-being in developing countries.
Is offsetting the answer to climate change?
Offsetting provides a mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and plays a vital role in combating climate change, but if done in isolation it is not a solution.
PET’s belief is that the direction of climate change will only change if you #1 EDUCATE yourself (be aware) about true personal CO2 emissions, #2 OFFSET unavoidable emissions (accept) and then #3 REDUCE your emissions (change).
What guarantee do I get?
All projects are certified according to accepted international standards such as Gold Standard or VCS, which means that they fulfil criteria for delivering measurable carbon offsets as well as community benefits in developing countries. All projects are verified by auditors to secure that offsetting is achieved according to the plans.