Carbon Offset

Carbon Offsetting

Carbon offsetting is a scheme by which you can pay to have the carbon dioxide that you generate removed from the atmosphere. It doesn't excuse you from reducing your Carbon Footprint and it's certainly not a way of saving money, but it does mean you can fly to your exotic holiday.

How does it work?

Let's take a flight from London to New York...
Round trip is 6,924 miles, which will generate 1.25 tons of CO2.

Now, all round the world, there are projects which remove CO2 from the atmosphere, maybe by planting trees, or capturing methane from farm animals. Each project costs a certain amount to reduce the CO2. For example, a tree planting scheme that takes 50,000 tonnes of CO2 out of the atmosphere might cost a million pounds to set up and run. That means it costs about £17 per tonne to remove it.

If you pay a Carbon Offset company an extra £21.25 on your round trip ticket to New York, then your flight is effectively carbon-neutral.

You can also offset your car journeys and even your home.

Carbon Offsetting is not a replacement for personal Carbon Reduction

More information
Visit the Government site on CO2 action