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Reduce carbon taxes

Eliminate carbon footprint

By definition, a carbon tax is a type of tax, the level of which depends on how much carbon a company or corporation releases. The aim of these taxes are to significantly decrease the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and with that, greenhouse gasses are also decreased in the atmosphere.

The impact that these taxes have on the reduction of carbon dioxide and the levels of this reached, according to the research that has been done, has shown them to be cost-effective and worthwhile.These taxes are not like the taxes we all know and pay. Carbon taxes are paid for two main reasons - to pay for intentionally polluting the environment, or to reinvest with reforestation or financial contributions. You are paying for the pollution that your business produces.

Therefore, there are forms of pollution taxes or alternative economic policy tools. One is tradable pollution, the second is credits and the third one is subsiding.

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Carbon offsetting

How is carbon dioxide produced, and what forms of chemical reactions cause carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere? When fuels made up of hydrocarbons, for example, coal, petroleum, and natural gases, are burnt in many different processes of production across various industries, the hydrocarbon converts to another form, known as carbon dioxide. This gas is harmful because it is one of several 'greenhouse gases' which cause serious health and environmental issues.

Fossil fuels are partly made of carbon, so, when they are burned or are under thermal transformation, they release a certain amount of carbon dioxide in the air. The amount released in the air is proportional to the amount they have in their natural composition. This has numerous negative side effects and therefore, something needs to be done, to compensate for the harm done. This is where the role of carbon taxes come into play. Carbon taxes are calculated according to the quantity of carbon that is released from each of the various types of fossil fuels. Different fossil fuels have different carbon taxes, as they include carbon in different quantities.

Planting trees instead

To some companies, it might be easy to buy carbon offsets, but to others, whose factories use fossil fuels that include high taxes, it might not be the best solution to buy large amounts of carbon offsets to pay off the taxes. Moreover, this step won’t solve the problem as money, if not invested wisely, can’t decrease the amount of carbon in the air.

Here are some of the most important things to know if you plan on planting trees instead of paying the required tax:

  • Air pollution needs forests, and forests need more trees. Moreover, trees can be in the cities too, as they are much needed there as well.
  • Water resources are improving as there are more trees on the planet.
  • Oxygen is released from the trees. This is done through the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert light energy into chemical energy that, through respiration, is later released to fuel metabolic activities. Oxygen is produced and this is the first stage of the food chain on which all living organisms depend.
  • Trees and forests also have a great social impact if they are planted in big cities with high skyscrapers, factories, and vehicles because they are a part of urban greening which is important for people's health.
  • Aridity is combatted by trees. Aridity leads to erosions and infertility of the soil.
  • Forests are too small and need to expand if we want to save our planet. The number of trees has decreased dramatically.
  • Biodiversity can't be in balance if the trees and forests are gone. Therefore, with no balance, global warming, and with it human resources, are becoming more scarce.

Reduce taxes, plant trees

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Calculate Calculate your emissions.
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Offset Select a carbon offset project that fits your company.
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Plant DGB plants trees for you to offset your emissions.
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Celebrate Congratulations! You are now a carbon neutral company with net zero emissions.

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We encourage everyone to continually strive to eliminate their carbon footprint through a combination of sensible energy reductions and cost-effective carbon offsets. DutchGreen supports third-party validated and verified tree planting projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

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