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What do you need to offset?

The first steps for business are to calculate Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions. The data for these are quite easy to access:

  • Scope 1 – All Direct Emissions, related to fuel combustion and under control of the company
  • Scope 2 – Indirect Emissions, linked to electricity purchased and also and under control of the company

The road to effective emissions reduction starts with calculating your Scope 3 emissions

Scope 3 – All Other Indirect Emissions, associated with procurement, transportation and distribution. These are not usually under the control of the company and the greatest share of the carbon footprint – essentially emissions from your supply chain.

Suppose you come out with emissions you have not managed to avoid, of 60 Tonnes per year, at the current UK/EU Carbon price of £13.50/Tonne CO2e, you would need to pay £810 to purchase those offsets. Our estimate is that each Inga tree we plant captures ¾ Tonne CO2 over a 20-year period, so that would equate to 80 trees, and that is your simple offset option. But the Inga system does so much more.

            More than simply offsetting

We invite you, however, to become a Carbon Partner with Rainforest Saver. Most offset organisations simply plant trees, and monitoring of the subsequent life of those trees is variable. Partnering with Rainforest Saver means supporting a programme which transforms the lives of some very poor people by providing a completely organic, input-free system of food production, putting them on the path to food sovereignty, and in addition protecting standing rainforest by reducing the need to bring new land into cultivation. There are many variables to this, depending on the vegetation in the neighbouring land farmers are burning to bring into cultivation, which ranges from scrubby re-growth to primary forest, but over 20 years this equates to between 3.25 and 13 Tonnes CO2 per tree (in addition to the direct capture of 0.75 Tonnes) – as a measure of the CO2 capture from the vegetation left to grow which would be lost to burning/cutting. This is without mentioning the protection of biodiversity – both within the Inga system and the forest.

For detail on our estimates for carbon sequestration see here

Become a Carbon Partner with a donation of £500 a month or more:

SIMPLE OFFSET                                                           CARBON PARTNER

To discuss your donation please contact us:

Our first Carbon Partner, Alara Wholefoods, is the first cereal manufacturer in the world to measure their Scope 3 emissions (see link below). We will shortly be working with Alara and the University of Westminster to verify both Alara’s Scope 3 emissions and the carbon capture in the Inga system.

See their rationale (and generosity) here