We all produce carbon
Some carbon emissions can be reduced or avoided; but a lot of it is unavoidable.
Ways to act
As individuals and businesses, we need to find ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to minimise the impact we are having on our planet.
What is residual carbon?
Residual carbon is the unavoidable emissions created by your businesses or as an individual that remain after calculating and reducing your carbon footprint.
Measuring your footprint and reducing your emissions is a positive move towards carbon neutrality. However, it is almost impossible to reduce our carbon footprint to net zero. But it is possible to make a difference by offsetting your residual carbon emissions.
What is carbon offsetting?
Negating your unavoidable emissions is possible through the purchase of carbon offsets. Offsets can be purchased by anyone and can be used to balance all or part of emissions measured.
A carbon offset is generated by an activity that either prevents the release, reduces, or removes GHG emissions from the atmosphere. Carbon offsets are quantified in metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) where one tonne purchased equates to one less tonne in the atmosphere.
Emission reduction projects around the world generate carbon offsets from activities such as renewable energy, biogas and reforestation.
Forestry projects promote carbon sequestration and storage.
Improved cookstoves reduce GHG emissions from fuel combustion.
Natural sources of energy are replenishable and produce fewer GHG emissions.
Protecting forests from clearing avoids the release of carbon into the atmosphere.
The impact of offsetting
Co-benefits of projects include economic, social and health for local communities. In addition, a number of projects deliver on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the United Nations.
Offsetting your emissions
The Gold Standard
The Gold Standard is a non-profit foundation under Swiss Law and funded by public and private donors.
They are widely considered to be the highest standard in the world for carbon offsets. Gold Standard have committed to implementing the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement in the spirit of true and long-term emission reductions and sustainable development.
This Standard is among the most widely used quality assurance system for accounting for GHG emissions reductions in the voluntary carbon market.
Our portfolio of carbon offsets is sourced from projects from within Australia and across the globe. This gives you the freedom to choose carbon offsets that align with your business values and goals.