Some say it is the easy way out of guilt and not a way out of pollution and climate change at all. Others believe it is a positive part of an overall strategy.
Whatever anyone’s opinion, carbon offsetting is certainly taking hold. Below are a few of the bigger companies getting in on offsetting and further down are a few tips for selecting offsets for your business.
- The global health care company Abbott has announced that its fleet of around 6,000 vehicles will go “carbon neutral,” in part by offering hybrids to its sales people but mostly by buying offsets
- The law firm Arnold & Porter says is to contribute to renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects to offset the carbon emissions of its business travel
- Shawn Price, CEO of Silicon Valley software firm, Savvion, who is also a professional race car driver, says his racing will purchase offsets to counter the carbon pollution generated by the team
- GE is offering an Earth Rewards credit card that provides carbon offsets instead of frequent flier miles
When choosing offsets for your business:
Look at what they are doing. Is it programs with long-term effects i.e. forests destined to be taken care of for 50 years at least or renewable energy projects that will transform the power usage of communities permanently?
Look for who else is using them. Large established companies have often researched the offset programs for credibility
Know that offsets need to be in conjunction with reducing, recycling and reusing and not emitting so much in the first place.
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