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Carbon offset and credits: Everything you need to know

Carbon offset and credits

Do you have the health of our environment and our planet at heart? Carbon offsetting is an effective and affordable solution to play a role in reducing the negative effects of pollution.

But what is carbon offset exactly? What activities may require carbon offsetting? How to proceed if you want to offset part of your greenhouse gas emissions? How to get carbon offset credits in Canada? You will find the answers to your questions below.

What is carbon offset?

A carbon offset is a credit that we can buy to decrease our carbon footprint. When the number of carbon offset credits bought is equal to our carbon footprint, we become carbon neutral.

Carbon offsetting by buying carbon offset credits is a great way to take action to reduce your ecological footprint. Unlike carbon neutrality, it is not about getting to zero, but only about making the effort to compensate for a certain amount of carbon emitted.

For example, you may decide to compensate only for your air travel, or for your daily commute. You can also offset half of your annual carbon footprint.

At Carboneutrality.ca, we are able to help individuals, organizations and businesses offset their carbon footprint without necessarily becoming carbon neutral. To do this, with the help of our partner Carbone Boréal, we plant the number of trees required to offset carbon emissions.

What activities would need a carbon offset?

Most of your daily activities emit greenhouse gases and would require a carbon offset if you wanted to become carbon neutral. However, you can still buy carbon offset credits for one of many activities in particular. To be able to offset an activity, it is first necessary to estimate the quantity of carbon that it emits.

Here are some examples of activities of these activities:

  • Travel and movement by plane, train, boat, car, bus, etc.;
  • Your electricity consumption at home and in the office;
  • Your heating consumption;
  • Your use of IT devices;
  • Using your cell phone;
  • Some of your purchases;
  • Your waste production;
  • Your consumption of meat, eggs and dairy products as well as other foods.

It is also possible to offset some of your carbon emissions if you are an organization, business, political party or hosting an event.

How to get carbon offset credits?

Obviously, before buying carbon offset credits, you can start by reducing your carbon footprint through small daily actions.

For example, you can take public transit or walk instead of driving, limit your hot water and electricity consumption, and practice composting and recycling. Try to buy local as much as possible and promote green businesses that have the health of our planet at heart. In Canada, several companies offer various products that can help you reduce your carbon footprint. It’s just a matter of making the effort to change your habits!

No matter how hard you try, you probably won’t be able to compensate for all your daily activities. This is where Carbonneutrality.ca can help you.

By having your carbon footprint assessed, you will know the impact, in terms of carbon dioxide, that you have on the environment. If you want to go carbon neutral, we can offset your entire footprint. On the other hand, you can also decide to compensate only for your food, your travels, or other activities, according to your budget and priorities.

Even the smallest contribution can help our planet. Let’s reduce our ecological footprint!

Did you know that we can calculate your carbon footprint for you 100% free of charge? Get your free assessment.