To compensate for our unavoidable emissions we chose South Pole Carbon, an international company that specialises in reducing greenhouse gases.
The 2° Path
We choose the “2° Path” option proposed by South Pole Carbon to offset emissions necessary to achieve the goal of limiting average global warming to 2°.
We calculated the amount of emission reductions needed in developing countries on top of climate neutrality in the industrialized world based on IEA and World Bank data and found that they are equivalent to 2.5 times the amount of the emissions of industrialized countries.
If you commit to a 2° path, you offset 2.5 times your emissions.
Our main sources of emissions are already either avoided (renewable energy) or offset at the time of purchase (air travel offsetting). Therefore in 2018 our gross carbon emissions were 24 tonnes equivalent. Therefore we offset 16 tCO2e x 2.5 = 60 tonnes.
We chose to fund a REDD+ forest conservation programme in Zimbabwe.