Offset CarbonWhat is carbon offsetting and how does it work?

Carbon dioxide has the same impact on the climate no matter where it is emitted and what the source, so if a tonne of carbon dioxide can be absorbed from the atmosphere in one part of the world it should cancel out a tonne of the gas emitted in another. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the air as they grow and store it, making forests one of the biggest carbon sinks. Carbon offset schemes allow individuals and companies to invest in environmental projects around the world in order to balance out their own carbon footprints. The projects are usually based in developing countries and most commonly are designed to reduce future emissions. This might involve rolling out clean energy technologies or purchasing and ripping up carbon credits from an emissions trading scheme. Other schemes work by soaking up CO2 directly from the air through the planting of trees. Check out what projects your carbon neutral freight offsets will be funded towards by visiting our projects page: Carbon Neutral Projects.

Some people and organisations offset their entire carbon footprint to become carbon neutral, while others aim to neutralise the impact of a specific activity, such as their commercial shipping costs. To do this, the company or business person can visit our carbon offset calculator, which will provide the total amount of emissions produced to ship their freight, and then pay the offset amount to reduce emissions elsewhere in the world by the same amount – thus making their shipping “carbon neutral”.

CEO David Aherne has said “Our aim is to provide everyone the tools to achieve carbon neutral shipping and reduce the impact that shipping has on the environment. We look forward to working with our client’s to reduce their carbon emissions and make a positive influence on the shipping industry.”


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