How buying carbons attempt to reduce emissions?

Last Updated : June 01 2017

How buying carbons attempt to reduce emissions?

by Chloe Johnson 2017 May 24

How buying carbons attempt to reduce emissions?

Everyday, more people and businesses are becoming aware of the impact of the carbon emissions caused by their everyday activities on the environment. Some people are aware and doing something about it. But a lot of people think doing a little bit is enough. The truth is if you do a little you achieve a little. We need to make deep cuts in carbon emissions and help drive investment in low-carbon solutions. But what can you do? An increasingly popular option is to offset carbon and become carbon neutral.

Offset Carbon and be Carbon Neutral
To carbon offset is to reduce or stop carbon emissions somewhere else in the world for some of the carbon emissions you are responsible in your daily life. If you offset carbon emissions equivalent to the carbon emissions of all your activities in one year, then you are carbon neutral. You use a carbon credit to offset carbon emissions. A carbon credit generally represents one tonne of carbon emissions reduced in a carbon project somewhere else in the world. However, there has been some concerns about the calibre of carbon credits available to offset carbon emissions.

Most carbon offset projects use carbon credits created from trees or renewable projects. While these sound attractive there are concerns about using them as carbon offsets. A third type of carbon credit, a carbon emissions credit from a compliance regulated scheme, overcomes these concerns and empowers you to proactively reduce global carbon emission credits. These alternatives are investigated in the article "What are the alternatives to carbon offset / become carbon neutral".

A More Meaningful Solution - Carbon Emission Credits
Carbon emission credits work like this. Through a simple and powerful initiative, you access a compliance regulated market to buy and cancel carbon emission credits. Cancelling carbon emissions credits from the limited pool of credits in the European Emissions Trading Scheme means there are fewer credits available to be used by industry to emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. You are taking away the rights of industry to emit carbon dioxide.

Fewer carbon emission credits helps drive investment in low-carbon solutions such as energy efficiencies and renewable energy, as emitters can use the money from the carbon credits they sell to fund their investments in low-carbon solutions. They are rewarded for emitting less carbon dioxide.

Carbon emission credits have been referred to as the 'most pure' form of carbon emission reduction. We call it the Climakind alternative to offset carbon emissions because it helps ensure your carbon emissions reduction efforts are proactive, high quality and secure.

You help speed up the transition to a low-carbon future.

Making it Simple
To make it simple, Climakind provides affordable and easily recognisable levels of participation. You can choose to cancel carbon emission credits equal to one year of your annual carbon emissions and instantly become a Gold member, or start with one month's carbon emissions as a Bronze member. You can add to your membership anytime through the member lounge. You can even compare your purchases to the global average over different time periods.

Going green is the first step to take in trying to reduce carbon emissions. This means usage of energy sources derived from water and wind instead of sources derived from oil, coal and gas. The fuel that comes from coal and oil is called as fossil fuel. This type of energy is the main culprit in releasing tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. Limiting fossil fuel usage will do the atmosphere a ton of good.

The second cause to be considered is the emission caused by vehicles. Vehicles produce a lot of carbon which is released into the atmosphere. Limiting vehicle use to the bare minimum will ensure you do your part in reducing the amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. This involves completing all your chores that require you to drive on one particular day of the week. Ensure you stick to this rule as much as possible. You can either invest or lease a hybrid car if you must drive. This option will help you save money on fuel along with reducing carbon emissions.

Imported meat products consumption can be limited as this process involves a lot of transportation thereby increasing the amount of carbon emitted from vehicles used for transportation. The same goes with fruits and vegetables and also food products. Anything that can't be locally produced will be imported from various parts of the world. It is therefore ideal to limit consumption of such products. Cultivation of fruits and vegetables in your own garden will help in limiting transportation. Lesser the necessity to commute long distances, lower the use of vehicles and this reduces carbon emission.


Chloe Johnson
#1 Chloe JohnsonAuthor 18 March, 2014, 12:37 Chloe Johnson is a happily married mother of 2. She loves spending time with her kids and her husband. She loves dogs and enjoys travelling in any places.