OFFSET

You’ve measured your entire carbon footprint. Now offset it. This happens through the purchase of carbon offsets. Climate Neutral makes it easy for you to purchase high-quality carbon offsets that meet widely-accepted international standards. We do this by identifying verified offsets and connecting you with trusted offset developers and retailers. If you’ve already purchased offsets, we’ll verify that your offsets meet the above standards.

For specific details on the types of offsets that qualify for Climate Neutral, go to our Process and Methodologies page.

Want to learn more about carbon offsets in general? Read on.

Offsetting is surprisingly easy and affordable.

It generally costs between $1.50 and $12 to offset an ton of atmospheric carbon, with the average price of an offset costing about $3 per ton. To put that into perspective, here’s what it costs to offset the entire carbon footprint of some typical things you might buy:

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Back up a sec. What exactly is a carbon offset?

A carbon offset is a certificate that represents 1 ton of atmospheric carbon (tCO2e) being removed from the atmosphere or being prevented from entering the atmosphere in the first place. Companies can dramatically reduce their environmental impact by purchasing offsets equivalent to the greenhouse gases they are responsible for emitting. In addition to reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases, offsets make more carbon capture and clean energy projects economically viable.

Where do carbon offsets come from?

There are a wide variety of carbon offset projects. Some of the more common examples include:

  • Renewable energy creation: making energy from renewable resources like wind or organic waste composting.

  • Livestock biogas capture: capturing methane released by farm animal manure.

  • Landfill gas capture: capturing methane released by landfills.

  • Sustainable forestry: absorbing carbon by planting and restoring forests.

Carbon offsets are scientifically accepted and rigorously verified.

At Climate Neutral, we want to be absolutely sure that carbon offsets you purchase actually deliver on the environmental benefits they promise. To do this, we require that you purchase offsets through one of 3 internationally-recognized carbon offset verification bodies: Gold Standard, Verified Carbon Standard, or Climate Action Reserve. These high-quality protocols take a comprehensive, holistic look at the environmental effect of offsetting projects, evaluating them on these attributes:

Baseline and Measurement: What emissions would occur in the absence of a proposed project? Will the project create new emissions? And how will the project’s net effect on atmospheric carbon be measured?

  • Additionality: Would the project occur anyway without the investment raised through the sale of carbon offsets?

  • Permanence: Are any of the project’s benefits reversible?

  • Leakage: Will implementing the project cause higher emissions outside the project’s boundary?

  • Co-benefits: Does the project have other benefits in addition to carbon emissions reduction?

We use the term verified offset to describe offsets that meet the protocols of one or more of the above verification bodies. To qualify for Climate Neutral, you must purchase verified offsets.

The carbon offset market is well-established.

Carbon offsets are bought and sold like commodities. They are created by developers of carbon capture and clean energy projects, and then sold to retailers, brokers, or end buyers. Carbon offsets have been around for more than 30 years, and during that time carbon offset supply and consumption has steadily grown. For example, in 2016, 63.4 million offsets were purchased for $191.3 million globally