What is it?
Carbon offsetting is a way to put a price tag on your lifestyle. All the time we externalise costs that will have to be picked up by coming generations. Externalising 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 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?
PET’s belief is that the direction of climate change will only change if you #1 EDUCATE yourself about true personal CO2 emissions, #2 OFFSET unavoidable emissions, and then #3 REDUCE your emissions (compare the Findhorn Ecovillage per capita CO2 emissions→ 2015 → 2017).
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.