How offsetting works
Climate neutrality refers to the idea of achieving the net-zero goal by balancing GHG emissions with their removal and reduction.
Despite technology innovation, the current conditions do not allow the total emissions reduction and the achievement of zero targets.
To overcome this barrier and start acting immediately, organizations can invest in GHG reduction/removal projects outside their supply chain and get carbon credits out of those to compensate for their own unavoidable emissions.
This is known as the carbon offsetting mechanism (or carbon compensation.
An organization wants to offset GHG emissions that could not be reduced directly.
The organization contributes economically to a project to reduce emissions that generate carbon offset.
Emissions offset projects may include
- Renewable energy
- Methane capture/combustion
The organization receives carbon credits for its contribution to the emission reduction project.
Carbon market offers a wide range of compensation projects all over the World. Choosing the right project to compensate emissions can become a difficult exercise.
ClimatePal is committed to certify only reliable project to generate high-quality carbon credits. We align our System with the Umbrella Body requirement for offsetting standards to comply with Core Carbon Principles.
Goal and Approach: Reduce, Offset and Neutralize
Offsetting represents an immediate instrument to achieve the Paris Agreement goals – offsetting, however, cannot replace the necessary reduction of one’s own emissions. Companies should follow “reduction – compensation – neutralization” approach to achieve Net Zero target.
This approach implies the implementation of reduction measure and the compensation of unavoidable emissions. The latter will proportionally decrease, with the increase in GHG emission reduction overtime. In the last step, emissions are neutralized through carbon removals by carbon sinks.
- Plan a trajectory to reduce emissions
- Set targets consistant with a 1.5°C
- Migitation pathway
- Implement reductions
For the unavoidable emissions, become climate neutral by financing projects that further avoid and remove emissions.
Eventually eradicate unavoidable residual emissions with carbon removals to achieve net zero.
Reduction itself is not enough
Reducing GHG emission is not enough to combat climate change and achieve global goal of neutrality. To clean atmosphere, the excess of CO₂ must be removed. We specifically focus on carbon removal offsetting projects, as a promising approach for the achievement of Paris Agreement goals.