What is it?
Carbon offsetting is a way to put a price tag on your lifestyle. We continually externalise costs that will have to be picked up by coming generations. And externalising means we don’t take full responsibility for them.
Carbon offsetting is by no means a complete solution. But it is a way to take immediate responsibility for our current emissions. Your everyday actions at home and at work consume energy and produce carbon emissions — driving, flying and heating buildings. Carbon offsetting is used to balance this out by funding equivalent CO2 savings elsewhere.
Many of the Offsetting projects also provide wider benefits. These include 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 we #1 EDUCATE ourselves about true personal CO2 emissions, #2 OFFSET unavoidable emissions, and #3 REDUCE our emissions (compare the Findhorn Ecovillage per capita CO2 emissions→ 2015 → 2017 → 2018).
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 our projects are verified by auditors.