Take out what you put in

Carbon Offsets 101

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What is a carbon offset?

A carbon offset represents the reduction, destruction, or capture of one metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent emission (CO2e). That’s a very technical way of saying that companies can counteract their carbon production produced by their normal day-to-day business processes.

We purchase carbon offsets on behalf of our clients to reduce their carbon footprints. Carbon offset projects remove greenhouse gases in a variety of ways, and we invest in these projects to ensure they continue supporting a sustainable environment.

Think it’s all about planting trees?

Think again. Carbon offsets apply to several greenhouse gases, and remediation can take place in many ways. (Yes, one of those ways includes replanting trees in deforested areas.)

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Reforestation

Tree plantings and sustainable forestry practices increase the natural storage of carbon.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

Companies with significant shipping or packaging components, retail fuel, fleet managers, auto manufacturers.

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Landfill gas capture

As decomposing material releases methane gas into the air, the gas is captured and destroyed.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

Companies that produce significant material waste that ends up in landfills like consumer goods and packaging, and retailers.

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Alternate energy

Investment in alternative energy technology decreases reliance on traditional emission-heavy methods.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

Institutions that use coal plants to power their campuses and buildings, technology companies that power offices, processes and servers.

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Alternate energy

Investment in alternative energy technology decreases reliance on traditional emission-heavy methods.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

Institutions that use coal plants to power their campuses and buildings, technology companies that power offices, processes and servers.

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Methane reduction

Methane gas emissions from many sources are captured and eliminated.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

Organizations that emit methane, like oil and gas companies, coal mining, food and beverage companies, or restaurants.

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Industrial process

Investment in new or alternative manufacturing processes with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

Transportation companies looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, cruise ships, air travel companies and consumer goods manufacturing.

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Industrial process

Investment in new or alternative manufacturing processes with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

POSSIBLE APPLICATIONS

Transportation companies looking for ways to reduce their environmental impact, cruise ships, air travel companies and consumer goods manufacturing.

Make a bigger
impact
with qualified projects.

You might be putting off sustainability initiatives because you don’t know where to start. But we partner with you to get you on track, and keep you there. And you can rest assured in our investments—they all meet standard industry requirements, as well as these six qualifications:

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Quantifiable

We must be able to account for every metric ton of CO2 equivalent captured, destroyed, or prevented.

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Verifiable

We must be able to prove CO2 equivalent reduction has occurred as a result of the project.

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Auditable

We must be able to review validation reports delivered by third-party verifiers.

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Registered

Each project must be publicly registered, and carbon offsets must be serialized and retired on a third-party registry.

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Permanent

The project’s environmental impact must be durable and lasting.

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Additional

The project’s reduction of emissions must be dependent on the funding of carbon offsets.

Standards

Our third-party-verified investments all meet standards developed and maintained by the following organizations:

REGISTRIES

Once you’ve purchased carbon offsets, you’ll be added to public registries maintained by these organizations: