Carbon neutrality is being pursued by both governments and corporations in their effort to comply with the terms of the 2015 Paris Agreement by 2050.
The Findhorn Ecovillage Community aspires to get there well before 2050 in its ongoing contribution to this critical global effort.
Carbon Offsetting Service in the Findhorn Foundation Community
From the 2015 Findhorn Ecovillage Carbon Footprint Report we learned that our average community member’s footprint is 9.5 tonnes (roughly the UK average). The primary reason for this is the air travel by Findhorn Foundation guests to get here, and by our residents too.
Apart from obvious ‘reductions’, OFFSETTING the unavoidable emissions is a crucial strategy.
PET is creating a Carbon Offsetting Service, an adaptation of the Swiss ‘My climate’ website.
It offers a simple way to calculate the CO2 implications of our travel, homes, events, &c., and offset those emissions by contributing to verified and approved projects in the developing world.
This is completely in line with the strategy agreed in Paris 2015.
The service will be available to NFA members, Findhorn Foundation guests and other visitors to and supporters of the community.
It practically educates and increases awareness of the urgent need for proactive pro-climate choices and strategies. It already inspires wide participation.
The initiative of Roger Doudna (PET chair and carboNeutrality champion) after his participation in COP 21 in Paris December 2015, the project was funded by a grant from the New Findhorn Community Association; using a web-based calculation tool Our Impacts, which itself was kindly sponsored by Ecometrica, the Edinburgh based software company.
In 2006, a study had been commissioned of the Ecological Footprint of the Findhorn Foundation Community. The overall result was 2.71 gha/resident, with guests achieving 2.10 gha/resident. Combining the two resulted in weighted ecological footprint of 2.56 gha/resident (then assessed as roughly half the UK average).
The latest Carbon Footprint Report from 2015 measured the community’s carbon footprint. It indicates an average community footprint of 9.5 tonnes per annum, effectively the UK average.
When ‘compensated’ by the electricity generated in our own Wind Park, and the trees planted by our local charity “Trees For Life”, the result tumbles to 3.5 tonnes p.a/resident, roughly a third of the UK average.
PET is working to further reduce the Findhorn Ecovillage footprint in our ongoing pursuit of carbon neutrality – also internally. For example, our preferred transport option for charity business trips is our own Moray Carshare; also our preferred catering and ‘elevenses’ supplier is the highly recommended local and organically brilliant Phoenix Community Store and Café !
We would like to explore with you ways that we can work creatively with the implications and results of this study, with a view to repeating it for 2017 and considering ways to reduce our community footprint. ~ Roger D, PET Chair and project director