Have you read my article on “buying local produce to reduce freight coast and climate change?

Take a breather! ! !
Imagine a world where every individual, firm, company, corporate body and government agency can reduce their carbon footprint no matter the business type!

Wondering what carbon footprint is?

In the packaging industry for example, the carbon footprint of a packaging material and or packaging system is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted over the life cycle of that product or service, expressed as kilograms of CO2 equivalents. This includes all greenhouse gases generated in the manufacture of the raw materials, fabrication of the packaging system, transport of materials and finished systems, the used phase including the end-of-life disposal of the products. These carbon footprints are often included in the analysis of the larger product system that uses the packaging, but it can also be seen as a distinct environmental performance metric that can be calculated and optimized separately.

What then is a carbon offset?

A carbon offset is credit for greenhouse gas reductions achieved by one party that can be purchased and used to compensate (offset) the emissions of another party. Carbon offsets are typically measured in tonnes of  CO2 equivalents (CO2e).

Carbon offsets which started a little over a decade ago, are also seen as financial contributions to projects that help reduce CO2 emissions in various industries, or encourage new sustainable energy projects in an effort to balance out the damage to the planet. Carbon Offset schemes are bought and sold through a number of online retailers, trading platforms and international brokers.

Truck exuding CO2 on major road Vehicle not raid worthy

Types of Carbon Offset schemes

Carbon offset schemes help to balance out carbon footprints, allowing individuals and companies to invest in environmental projects around the world.

Most Carbon Offset projects are based in developing countries and commonly designed to reduce future emissions.

Some examples are clean energy technologies by purchasing carbon credits from an emission trading scheme, soaking up CO2 directly from the air through the planting of trees, capturing methane gas at landfill sites, avoided deforestation, REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation), distributing efficient cooking stoves, access to clean water and more.

Moreso, there are many types of activities can generate carbon offsets. Renewable energy such as wind farms, installation of solar, small hydro, geothermal and biomass energy can all create carbon offsets by displacing fossil fuels.

With Hon Ahiakwo, Rivers State House Committee Chairman on Environ #WED2018 PHC

Benefits of Carbon Offset

Carbon offsets usually support directly community-driven projects that protect and restore critical forests around the world. These forests in turn conserve biodiversity, sustain livelihoods for millions of people, help communities around the world build resilience to climate change, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help mitigate climate change globally.

Carbon offsetting is a good management practice that helps organizations:

– Establish emissions reduction target

– Switch to cleaner methods of transportation

– Design indigenous sustainable products

– Install low carbon energy

– Make processes more energy efficient

– Have a workable carbon reduction strategy in place

– Improves clients and employees sustainable behavioural change

– Improve reputation and brand value of organization

– Increase business – ability to introduce new products and services

– Differentiate from competitors in same industry

– Deliver social and environmental impacts within location of operation and beyond

– Meets broader sustainability and social development targets that improve business

– Enhance Ecocentric Corporate Social Responsibility.

  So are you an ardent environment sustainability advocate but worry about your unavoidable carbon footprints when you travel?

No more worries! Just invest more in Carbon offset schemes, they are practical and effective ways to address climate change and encourage the growth of renewable energy. With more carbon offset schemes, you contribute to a more sustainable future by counterbalancing your personal carbon emissions-  “carbon footprint”. 

Remember “Environmental Hazards are not just the government problem but the people problem”

So, go on, be a proud sustainability advocate!




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