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What are Carbon Offsets?

Wava Jacobson
March 15, 2022

Dealing with the challenge of the impact of carbon emissions is an area that has been long overlooked by the global community. Many nations have made strides to promote the need to Reduce Carbon Emissions. In this article, we help you explore how you can make a difference in the battle against the environmentally damaging effects of carbon emissions in your business.

“We are after all the greatest problem solvers to have ever existed on earth. We now understand this problem. We know how to stop the number rising and put it in reverse. We must halt carbon emissions this decade.”

David Attenborough, COP26

About Carbon Offsets

Understanding carbon offsetting is reasonably simple.

Carbon dioxide emissions are caused by the burning of fossil: fuels: oil, coal and natural gas. Every individual on earth is responsible for carbon dioxide emissions through the use of energy. Energy is consumed in many fashions from road; air, rail and sea travel to heating/cooling our homes from watching TV to reading with the lights on, and beyond.

However, energy supply is finite and we must reduce and replenish what we use if we expect to keep our planet healthy for centuries to come - that's where carbon offsetting comes into play. Carbon offsetting is also considered as the act of offsetting gas emissions. Common example of carbon offsetting or the use of carbon offsets is the purchase of "carbon offsets" in an attempt to compensate for the carbon dioxide production caused by personal air travel.

About Carbon Emissions

Carbon emissions are the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The emission of carbon dioxide is the single greatest contributor to global warming. Carbon emissions are not a localized issue - emissions in one part of the world have an effect on the climate and quality of air around the globe.

Why should we use Carbon Offsets?

The challenge of dealing with the impact of carbon emissions is an area that has been long overlooked by the global community.

Many nations have made strides to promote the need to reduce emissions by providing a forum for individuals, households and businesses to contribute to the cause against global carbon emissions through voluntary offsets.

Why should I try and Reduce emissions?

GoLocate provides a way for you, your family, your business, and your community, to offset the carbon emissions that cannot be eliminated.

In short, the offsets you purchase will significantly reduce emissions somewhere else in the world, possibly in your own country. The effects of reduction in one part of the world impact everyone else who shares the planet. Thus, an offset project in one country could have 100 times the positive effect in another country and take a much larger step toward reducing global carbon emissions than an individual can achieve by reduction alone.

Steps to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Here's our top tips on reducing your Carbon Footprint:

Lighting/electricity

• Switch to low-energy light bulbs or LED lighting.
• Turn off lights and equipment when not in use.

Transportation

• Maintain the correct tire pressure to reduce fuel consumption.
• Consider using alternatives to fossil fuels like biodiesel, LPG and electricity. Go hybrid, otherwise
• Use a service such as GoLocate to offset your fleet's emissions.

Water

• Deal promptly with dripping taps and costly leaks.
• Get water-efficient toilets, showerheads and faucets.

Heating/air conditioning

• Consider using alternative energy sources (i.e. solar or wind power).
• Ensure that all future home or business HVAC assets are the most energy efficient on the market.

Waste

• Recycle to reduce less landfill and lower disposal costs. Incorporate the use of balers and compactors.
• Be sure to compost food waste if you do not have a municipal program in place for biodegradable waste.

Source locally

• Buy food from local sources
• Purchase office equipment and supplies from local companies whenever possible. Building design

Training

• The key to any good community or business carbon reduction (or environmental) program is good training.
• Make sure all employees or citizens are properly educated on the processes in place and the importance of following the mandate.

What is the future of Carbon Emissions?

It is hard to say; however, one thing is for certain: our consumption of carbon-based energies are only going to increase. The mentality that we can simply ignore the problem or "wait and see" must be put to rest by starting to make a change, today.

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