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What is a Carbon Credit?

A carbon credit is a general term for any tradable certificate or permit representing a value given to an amount by the reduction of greenhouse gas emission where there is the right to emit one tonnes of carbon dioxide  or CO2 equivalent which is the mass of another greenhouse gas, such as carbon offset or a carbon allowance.

How is the climate affected by carbon dioxide?

Our climate is greatly affected by carbon dioxide. CO2 that is released forms a layer into the atmosphere that traps the heat absorbed from the sun where it prevents the heat to dissipate away from the surface of the earth and the seas. This now causes an increase in the temperature of our planet as well as the oceans and leads to the global warming where the more we emit CO2, the more heat is trapped from the sun causing a continuous rise in temperature. As a consequence, glaciers are melting and the depletion of polar ice caps begins to occur, leading to the rise of the sea level which causes flooding to the land in coastal areas and therefore destroying every living and non-living things.

Weather fluctuations also do occur in the rising ocean temperatures where it causes irregularities in the strength of storms and hurricanes, creating terrible damage to land-dwelling inhabitants.

What Amount of Carbon Dioxide in our Atmosphere is a “Safe” Level?

For the last 650,000 years, the perfect balance of CO2 in the Earth has been maintained through its natural carbon cycle. Carbon dioxide content in the atmosphere has only significantly exceeded the planet’s normal balance when the industrial revolution began in the last couple of hundred years and we started to consume large amounts of fossil fuels.

Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is measured in parts per million (ppm) and this information is acquired through analyzing the gas trapped within ice cores. In the period of 2000-2009, the earth’s CO2 content has been increasing at a rate of 2ppm per annum totaling a 329ppm carbon dioxide content. If you are going to compare the level before the industrial revolution, the level was at 280ppm.

How Can I Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

As an individual, there are many simple yet effective ways to reduce our carbon footprint. An example is taking a walk or riding a bicycle if the distance you are going to is not that far or by simply just planting trees and plants. These simple ways can have a big impact in saving our environment because in every eco-friendly choices you make throughout your daily life, it can have an effect on the results of your actions and on your carbon footprint.

What Are The Reduction Goals Set by the Various Countries?

Each country has set their own goals in the reduction of their carbon emissions. Several countries have been questioned by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change regarding these goals as well as other greenhouse gasses for 2008-2012.

The European Union has a goal to achieve an 8% reduction in their emissions within the first four years. Canada, Japan, Poland and Hungary aim to achieve a 6% reduction.  Croatia’s aim is to achieve a 5% reduction. Other countries have stated that they aim to keep the levels the same as previously rather than a reduction, especially those who rely heavily on coal. And for the United States, they have stated that they aim to reduce emission by 7% for the same period although they have not signed up for the Kyoto Protocol.

How do I Calculate my Carbon Credit?

Carbon credit depends on every area, like the carbon dioxide produce in your home or in every travel you make. In calculating carbon credit in your house, calculate first the size of your house in square feet. An amount of carbon energy used in homes varies according to its square footage. Write down 10,000 square feet if your home is less than 1,000 square feet. 10,000 is the amount in pounds of CO2 your house probably produces annually. Add 1,500 to the total for every extra 100 square feet of space above that. Meaning, if your home is 1,900 square feet, about 23,500 lbs. of CO2 is produced yearly.

For your car, based on the number of miles per gallon you can calculate your cars carbon expenditure. Add 6,000 lbs. to your carbon total for a hybrid vehicle. Add 10,000 lbs. if you average 20 to 40 mpg and add 20,000 lbs. if your car guzzles gas and returns under 20 mpg. With this number, it assumes that you travel approximately 12,000 miles annually.

Calculate the number of flight miles for the year and work out the carbon expenditure. For every 10 miles flown, 4 lbs. of carbon is the conversion for the flight-to-carbon on average. You will have used about 4,000 lbs. of carbon if you had flown 10,000 miles.

A standard carbon credit is purchased as a unit worth 1 tonnes of carbon expenditure and this is calculated by dividing the total carbon expenditure by 2000.

Our Mission

Our mission is to combat global warming by offsetting carbon emissions through funding the highest quality clean energy projects. Afforestation and reforestation provide social and environmental benefits in developing countries while adhering to international standards such as VCS, CDM/JI, and the Gold Standard. By executing a long-term effective carbon management strategy we can help improve the environment on a global level.