If you’re an individual or an owner of a company who can’t find other ways to reduce your carbon emissions (e.g. doing so would directly affect your business) but want to help in saving the environment, there’s a solution for you. Called carbon offsetting, it is the method by which you pay for emission reductions elsewhere (e.g. windmills in UK when you’re in the US) when you can’t reduce your own emission.
While it can’t be considered as a direct and active move in reducing worldwide carbon emissions, it can help a great deal in minimizing the emissions throughout the world. For example, if you are able to help build windmills in UK, their dependency on fossil fuel-powered power plants will be less and carbon emissions are reduced.Interested in doing your part?
The first step you have to take is calculate your so-called “carbon footprint” or the amount of carbon that you produce, from your vehicle to your air travel. There are websites all over the internet which can help you calculate your carbon footprint.
Once you have done this, you can go to different offset providers and choose among them who can give you your expected outcome (e.g. if you like the idea of wind farms, go to a provider who builds them) at the right price. A lot of these offset providers can be found on the internet so you can buy your offset more conveniently.
While carbon offsets can be in the form of futuristic methods (at least at this point) such as wind farms, they can be as simple as planting a tree. Tree-planting is by far the most common form of offsetting which covers reforestation and avoiding deforestation. However, its benefits have been several criticized as being ineffective in reducing emissions.But whatever offsetting option you choose, feel well that you are doing the best you can in helping the environment.