Climate change is a global issue which demands the immediate attention of all organizations, governments and individuals alike. Today there are forward-thinking organizations which have begun voluntarily declaring their GHG emissions for reasons such as risk management, cost reduction, brand protection, and attracting socially responsible investment.
Carbon Dioxide is one the largest components of the Greenhouse Gases which is warming our planet. By being fully aware of the impact our Carbon Footprint we can begin to reduce it and thereby reduce the impact on the environment. Carbon offset schemes tend to focus on fast-growing trees, such as eucalyptus and pine, which are non-native and have a much lower environmental and biodiversity benefit than native species.
Tree plantations also require more water than grasses and shrubs. Carbon reduction includes, cutting the consumption of electricity, energy, gasoline while carbon offsetting may include usage of alternative sources of energy for example planting more trees.
Carbon dioxide emissions are associated with power plants and industrial activities but really all businesses and organizations such as offices, shops, banks, hospitals, schools and local authorities emit carbon dioxide. All of these examples whether directly or indirectly emit CO2.
All of these examples need electricity for lighting and to run computers and other equipment. Carbon offsetting alone won't stop climate change. The best offset is the one that doesn't need to be created. Carbon Dioxide is a colourless, tasteless, odourless and non-toxic gas.
CO2 is recognized as a greenhouse gas, of which increasing levels in the atmosphere are linked to global warming and climate change.
Carbon Offsets is definitely the way forward for supporting renewable energy, energy conservation or reforestation projects that either displaces prevent carbon. They enable individuals and businesses to take accountability for their carbon footprint. Carbon emissions need to be tackled by planning to prevent them from being emitted, rather than emitting and then attempting to offset.