While global companies and corporations seek to reduce their carbon footprint due to the imposed carbon taxes, one of the most important assets is the purchase of carbon offsets. Using these offsets, companies are allowed to continue operating at the same tempo, while trying to find eco-friendly solutions. To do this, companies need to calculate their carbon footprint first.
Our increasing dependence on fossil fuels to heat or cool our rooms, drive our cars, power our gadgets and appliances, and illuminate our homes caused a steady climb in the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere.
Our road towards a better quality of life has conversely led to a global environmental problem and decrease of nature. Carbon footprint is a means of expressing how much we contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases caused by our activities. An individual’s carbon footprint refers to the total amount of greenhouse gases produced directly and indirectly by a person’s actions. It is expressed as tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year.
Direct GHG emissions, as defined by the GHG Protocol, are “emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the reporting entity”. On the other hand, indirect GHG emissions are “a consequence of the activities of the reporting entity, but occur at sources that are owned or controlled by the reporting entity.”
An example of a direct GHG emission is driving a car or cooking your food. Whereas carbon emissions from the production and transport of fruits you ate, and emissions from the decomposition of the fruit wastes you disposed of, are examples of indirect GHG emissions. An understanding of both direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions will help us recognize that we are causing GHG emissions throughout the life cycle of a product or service.
With the increased GHG emissions, all living organisms on our planet are in immense threat. While these solutions still need time to take effect, we can all contribute to decreasing the negative impact on our environment. Individually, by decreasing the energy usage in our homes, or simply using public transport instead of billions of vehicles, we can reduce the CO2 emissions in the atmosphere by over 7 tons per year.
The quality of nature surrounding use concerns everyone. The global impact of emitting one ton of carbon dioxide in Asia is equivalent to that of one ton of carbon dioxide emitted in Europe. In other words, a negative impact of nature is a global problem that should be tackled with global solutions.
Increasing levels of anthropogenic greenhouse gases are already showing observable changes worldwide. Unfortunately, the consequences have alarmingly wide-ranging effects on aspects such as food security, environmental and human health, water resources and species biodiversity.
To better understand the need to offset our carbon footprint, have a look at the compromised ability of wildlife to forage for food and adapt to their environment due to changes in habitat conditions such as weather, vegetation, and sea ice area. Huge forest fires such as that in Australia causing loss of forest biodiversity, and loss of habitat for birds and other animals depending on forest resources. Reduced carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere due to forest fires brought about by prolonged periods of dry and hot weather. Release back of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere due to wildfires
Severe weather events resulting in damage to properties, loss of agricultural productivity, a threat to human lives, and loss of livelihood. Reduced food security since agricultural productivity is highly dependent on climate. Rise in malnutrition as food security drops. Higher risk of diseases such as that transmitted by mosquitoes, which thrive in a wetter and warmer environment. Respiratory diseases from increased air pollution levels, including greenhouse gases.
Most businesses need to measure the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions, produced as a result of the operations. Without emissions accounting, it's impossible to calculate how much CO2 is produced throughout the year. This is an essential step, because this way, a company can find new ways to improve and become eco-friendly.
How can you calculate your carbon footprint? While you can identify and measure most of them, you can also offset unavoidable GHG emissions. Contact us to our carbon offset packages to learn which project is best suitable for your needs.
The latest data reveals that the EU's total carbon footprint is equal to 7 tons of carbon dioxide per person. Most countries with high standards of living also have a high carbon footprint per capita. However, a number of countries have managed to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions while also increasing their GDP. Examples of EU countries achieving this are Spain, France, and Italy. In fact, many countries in Europe generally have a much lower carbon footprint than other developing countries. Among the highest carbon footprint per capita in the world are Australia, Canada, and USA at 17 tons, 16.2 tons, and 15.6 tons, respectively.
Calculate your carbon footprint, evaluate which aspects of your daily activities you can modify to reduce your carbon footprint, and offset unavoidable GHG emissions. Read through our carbon offset packages to learn which project is suitable for you.
Buyers of carbon credits must be guaranteed that their investment actually results in a measurable reduction or removal of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Furthermore, buyers also need to ensure that the carbon offset consequence would not have happened even without the purchase of carbon credits.
Carbon offset projects of DGB are certified by VCS or The Gold Standard in accordance their guidelines independently audited. Aside from ensuring that environmental benefits are achieved as claimed, our projects also aim to uphold social benefits for the local community.
From your estimated carbon footprint, you can re-assess which activities in your daily lives you need to adjust to reduce your carbon footprint or offset it. Two forms of carbon offset projects aimed at reducing carbon footprint are:
DGB finances carbon offset projects to generate carbon credits that individuals or organizations can purchase to meet an equivalent quantity of carbon footprint reduction. Find out below what types of carbon offset project DGB supports.
Afforestation is the conversion of a barren land or an area where there are previously no trees into a forested area. DGB works with project managers across the world to establish forests in bare, previously unproductive lands. Planting trees in barren lands leads to the creation of carbon sinks, whereby trees absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to produce food.
In contrast to afforestation, reforestation involves planting trees in previously degraded forests or in forested areas with declining numbers of trees. Forests are commonly destroyed due to logging, harvesting or clearing for human benefits. Large forest covers are also sometimes lost due to wildfires. In light of reducing carbon footprint, reforestation does not only increase absorption of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It also supports biodiversity and restores ecosystem balance.
DGB's carbon offset projects are certified by VCS and The Gold Standard in accordance with their respective guidelines. Aside from ensuring that environmental benefits are achieved as claimed, DGB's activities and projects also aim to uphold social benefits for both the community and the environment.
By using our services, the goal is simple - to include an innovative and flexible way to help your company calculate, reduce, and offset your carbon footprint. Our offset projects are third-party certified, to the highest standards. Whether you’re a large or small business, we have prepared various solutions for your needs and goals. Let us help you meet your environmental or climate goals, at the same time increasing sales, distinguishing your brand as eco-friendly, increase customer satisfaction.