Offset the emissions you cannot reduce
Offsetting is about investing in projects that save or remove carbon elsewhere to balance the emissions that you have generated. When you offset with us, we will use certified carbon credits to ensure your offsetting is accounted for correctly and we will ask you to contribute towards our tree planting programme.
Why do we use both carbon credits and tree planting?
Tree planting is a highly beneficial way to offset greenhouse gas emissions as it physically removes carbon from the atmosphere and helps to promote biodiversity. This is why we ask everyone who is offsetting with us to contribute towards our tree-planting programme. The downside is that the carbon is removed as the tree grows so it takes years for the full effect to be realised. This makes tree-planting unsuitable to offset emissions that have already happened. Also, although we take every care to ensure that our trees are nurtured for at least 50 years, the future is uncertain and there is no way to guarantee that every tree will remove the same amount of carbon and that they will never be cut down.
For this reason, we also purchase and retire carbon credits, which are independently certified to have saved a tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent for each credit purchased. This means that, once we have calculated your carbon footprint accurately, you can be confident that you have offset the right amount to support your claim to be carbon neutral.
We have partnered with 9Trees Carbon Offsetting CIC to create a new woodland in the UK. 9Trees is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, set up by a group of people determined to make a positive impact on the environment. With years of experience in nature conservation, promoting native wildlife and sustainable woodlands whilst creating much needed countryside jobs throughout the UK is at the core of 9Tree's mission.
We chose 9 Trees as our partner for a number of reasons:
Benefits of tree planting
Tree planting has a wide number of environmental benefits, beyond tackling climate change:
also offer a personal carbon offsetting subscription. Please visit their website for more details.
Our carbon credit portfolio
We have carefully put together a portfolio of carbon credits that are all independently certified by the Gold Standard, so you can be confident that the carbon savings are real. Our projects also have additional social and environmental benefits beyond carbon savings.
Once you have purchased your credits, we will retire them in the Gold Standard public registry to prevent double counting and to put your offset on the public record.
In this way, we ensure that you meet the best practice principles of offsetting; verifiability; additionality; permanence; and avoidance of negative consequences.
Improved cookstoves for East Africa
Exposure to indoor cooking smoke is the world’s leading killer of children under five and is reported to be responsible for around four million deaths per year. In addition, Malawi alone loses 2,000km2 of forest a year due to 93% of the country’s energy demand coming from wood fuel. 91% of rural households use traditional three-stone stoves that use a lot of wood, produce prodigious smoke and cook food relatively slowly.
The domestic cook-stove model is called the Chitetezo Mbaula in Malawi and Canarumwe in Rwanda. This stove can be used as a portable stove or can be fixed and has a laboratory test efficiency of 30.6%, more than three times the efficiency of the baseline three-stone stoves, which results in reduced fuel consumption, improved heat transfer, raising the cooking pot to the hottest point above the flame and improved heat retention. The ceramic stove is produced locally, using locally-available materials, creating employment in a sustainable industry. The project has reached more than 3.5 million Malawians since 2006 and provides income to about 3000 people, mostly women.
Benefits of the project
Reduced household labour and improved livelihoods:
Stable Farming Environments:
Gold Standard Certified Project
This project supports Sustainable Development Goals...
Renewable, Community Biogas in India
Most Indian families rely on firewood and kerosene to meet their daily energy needs for cooking. Each week, women and children collect firewood from the nearby forests, which eventually in a longer period contributes to deforestation. Traditional cooking methods based on firewood also cause respiratory and ocular infections among users, mainly women and children. Eventually, the use of chemical fertilizers for agriculture reduces the soil yield and its fertility. Providing each family with a biogas tank directly contributes to reduce the pressure on wood resources and allows beneficiaries to produce their own natural fertilizers for their crops.
Biogas is a renewable energy, produced via the fermentation and decomposition of animal dung retained inside an airtight tank (known as a digester).