I’m having difficulties getting the calculator and checkout to work:
It has been explained to us by a techie that problems can occur when you are not using Google’s Chrome browser. Checking up brought me to this information dd. January 2019. I was shocked to see that Google Chrome is used by 62.9% of global web users (source: W3Counter)! Safari comes in second at 14.3%!
So our advice is to switch over to Chrome.
I get a Message: “enable cookies,” when my cookies are already enabled!
This issue is a follow-on of the browser one.
Chrome has 2 “Cookies” settings– one is the general one, the other is for 3rd parties. As PET uses a licensed calculator by Carbon Footprint Ltd (UK), when you press “Calculate and Add to footprint,” the “enable cookies” message could be activated if you’re using another browser.
What to do? Make sure you’re using Chrome. If you then open your computer’s “Settings” and type “cookies” into the search box, you should see all the cookie-settings highlighted. Check that they’re all “on.”
I want to change my chosen project right before paying:
Reloading or refreshing the “Amount to Offset” page (=shopping cart/checkout page) will result in the same item (both quantity and price) being doubly added to your cart total.
This is a known & unsolvable software anomaly.
What to do?
- If you want to change project in the checkout product line we recommend
- you remember/jot down the quantity CO2 to be offset;
- ‘BIN’ the line;
- find and re-choose a new project via the Navigation Menu (top right) under “Carbon Offsetting>Offset projects”, where you re-input your “SELECT” options, “Add to Cart”;
- then you fill in “Quantity” and “enter.”
(If you have forgotten the quantity of your CO2e emissions, you’ll find it on the ‘Results’ tab of the ‘Offset Calculation’ page via the Navigation Menu (top right) under “Carbon Offsetting>Offset Calculation”. If you’re ok then you can click on Paypal.
- If you want to start completely over from the calculation page
- please ‘BIN’ the product line
- and use the website navigation menu ONLY (top right) to return to “Carbon Offsetting>Offset Calculation.”
- Once there, in the “Results” tab click on “clear your carbon footprint data” to start afresh from the beginning.
I want to know more about the calculator methodology:
- Please click here.
- Secondary footprint tab
we don’t use this tab as it is used to calculate business2business emissions (supplier deliveries of raw materials and manufacturing parts).
Our CarbonOffset Projects
- can prove that they could not have happened without carbon offset money.
This is the guarantee that your money has an effect.
- are certified according to the highest international standards.
What makes the differences between the projects?
Our CarbonOffset Projects list offers you
- variety and choice. Many projects also provide additional benefits such as
- developing local biodiversity,
- food security,
- clean water
- and health.
- variety and choice. Many projects also provide additional benefits such as
- Price differences have to do with the
- size of project,
- additional positive effects which individual projects bring and
- the local standard of living: high cost areas have high cost projects.
Why should I offset?
Carbon offsetting has been compared to the selling of ‘indulgences’ by the medieval Church, a way of assuaging the guilt evoked by the carbon emissions associated with modern life, i.e. heating, cooling, driving and especially flying. In like manner, offsetting is critiqued for sending funds to developing world projects rather than those ‘worthy projects’ closer to home with which we are familiar and may be more predisposed to support. So, here are a few words to explain where we’re coming from.
In December 2015, under the auspices of the United Nations 195 countries agreed in Paris to slow global warming. Carbon emissions are its primary cause and reducing them is the primary goal of the Paris Agreement. This applies to governments, businesses and individuals, all of whom are asked to reduce their respective carbon footprints. But where further reductions are not possible, carbon offsetting is allowed and encouraged by the Paris Agreement, especially when offset projects are duly selected, monitored and verified for maximum impact.
Sadly, most of our ‘local projects’ are not.
The Findhorn Ecovillage Community is committed to be part of this world-wide effort and has among other initiatives, established a carbon offset service through the Community Benefit Charity PET, and is supported in this effort by the Findhorn Foundation and the New Findhorn Association (NFA).
PET’s Offset Projects have been chosen for their social and environmental benefits, primarily in developing countries where the effects of climate change are most severe. And in addition to reducing global emissions, offsetting there also provides much needed employment, health improvement, biodiversity and social benefits to impoverished communities (project details here).
Carbon offsetting helps to combat global climate change, often functioning in business as an internal ‘carbon tax’ that spurs creativity towards reducing &/or avoiding emissions. In this respect and others, offset projects also serve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals whose realisation, together with the Paris Agreement, will create a more sustainable world.
And if you need more? Listen to this from COP24, Poland December 2018.
Visualise the Carbon Dioxide issue
You might have read the (tonnes of) words; here are a few pictures.
Typical 2018 UK CO2 emission values
The CO₂ emission factor for electricity is taken to be 0.527 kg / kWh
There is a reduction of 25% in CO₂ emissions for the green tariffs listed
The CO₂ factor for natural gas is 0.203 kg / kWh
Heating: The following CO₂ factors are used:
For oil: 2.96 kg / litre
For coal: 3.26 kg / kg
For wood: 0.10 kg / kg
For bottled gas: 3.68 kg / kg
Non-farmed fish counts as organic.
The fertilizer used in growing food that is not organic causes greenhouse gas emissions through nitrous oxide released from the soil, and through CO₂ emissions from the manufacture and transport of fertilizer.
Meat and dairy production generates methane from animals and slurry, and CO₂ from the energy used in farm operations.
Food transport, packaging and processing all require energy, releasing CO₂.
Food decomposition in landfill sites releases methane.
Edible food can be wasted because too much is prepared, or because it has gone past its use-by date and so on.
Some greenhouse gas emissions are currently almost impossible to avoid: methane from tilling and soil management, and CO₂ from arable farms and the operation of retail stores. These amount to around 0.2 tonnes per person/year.
Carbon dioxide is generated by the health service, schools, social services, the armed forces and so on . You have no direct control over this amount.
This amounts to 1.1 tonnes per person per year for the UK.
The CO₂ emission factor for bus travel is taken to be 100 g/mile
The CO₂ emission factor for rail travel is taken to be 100 g/mile
assumes emissions of ¼ tCO₂equivalent per hour flying (roughly 500 g per mile)
Your miscellaneous spending is all your other spending i.e. on:
hotels and other holidays
clothing & footwear
alcohol & tobacco
post and telecommunications
books, newspapers & magazines
Above-average (5 tonnes CO₂)
Average (3.4 tonnes CO₂)
Below-average (2.4 tonnes CO₂)
Much below-average (1.4 tonnes CO₂)
UK average Greenhouse gases emissions per person is 13.4t (2018)
www.carbonindependent.org (the source of the overview figures) states: “There is reasonable agreement with our estimate of 9.84 tonnes CO₂ per person per year, and with our estimate of total greenhouse gases of 13.4 tonnes equivalent per person per year.
The range of figures reflects the difficulties in calculating an accurate up-to-date average figure:
- One problem is that detailed figures tend to be not up to date. The most detailed figures available for the UK seem to be those in the source figures. This is a document published in 2006, quoting figures published by the University of Surrey in 2005, based on UK Government statistics of 2002 and 2004. The total has clearly changed since then.
- It is not clear how to allow for greenhouse gases other than CO₂. The two most important are methane and nitrous oxide. Methane persists in the atmosphere for around a decade, and nitrous oxide for about a century, whereas there is much uncertainty about the fate of CO₂ emissions. So while we know that methane is generated by deforestation, and the production of rice and cattle, it is not clear how we should convert methane generated by someone’s meat-eating lifestyle into an equivalent amount of CO₂, because it depends on which timescale we are considering.
But for the purposes of informing people about the ways in which their lifestyle is damaging the world, and providing a single summary figure in the form of calculator, it is necessary to pick on one timescale – and 100 years is the standard figure chosen.
The ‘sustainable’ figure of 1.5 tonnes per year is uncertain – an amount that the world’s oceans may be able to absorb. In this sense, it is sustainable – but stores of fossil fuels are finite, and so no emission level is sustainable in the very long term.”