Why Offsetting Our Carbon Emissions is The Last Thing We Want To Do
Small World Journeys has been offsetting its emissions since the start of the company! Of course it would be preferable if we as a company were emitting NO carbon dioxide through use of fossil fuels on any of our trips…so we still have work to do. If we can’t reduce or reuse, we offset!
It’s easy for you to do the same with Carbon Neutral.
19 October 2021
Carbon Offsetting – A Last Resort
Simply put, carbon offsetting means to reduce or remove the carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere.
A company can pay a company or “broker” to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, sometimes through projects like carbon sinks. The customer or broker calculates their emissions (or carbon footprint), and the broker then charges a fee based on that amount. The broker then invests all or a portion of that money in projects that reduce carbon emissions.
In many cases however, offsetting carbon emissions is the ONLY thing businesses are doing to compensate for their impacts on the environment. However, this is not reducing emissions.
Here is what we track in order to determine our carbon footprint:
- Transportation of staff and products in business owned/controlled vehicles (e.g. fleet trucks and cars).
- Purchased electricity
- Business travel and accommodation like rental vehicles and flights
- Paper use
- Water use
- Food & catering