This is a low impact website.
Impact Labs Australia - Reversed Logo
         2 July 2022          Danny R.

Carbon offsets - transitional only*

Carbon offsets are when you pay an amount of money for the planting of trees (or growing another carbon-sucking plant like kelp), to cover the emissions you generate in your organisation.

The system has pros and cons.

A pro is that if you know you're emissions, you can pay to plant that many trees and become a "carbon neutral" organisation. If you offset more than your emissions, you'll be "carbon negative".

The cons are that this can beat but of a smoke-screen. It creates permission for organisations to make no other climate positive changes, because technically they offset any emissions they create now.

For example, a bank could offset all of it's emissions, but still fund coal mines.

An average consultancy could offset it's emissions, and decide not to improve its supply chain, or install solar, or switch to electric fleet vehicles, because technically they're covered.

Carbon offsets are a great system - the forests that get planted as a result are absolutely necessary for drawing down harmful emissions from the air.

But carbon offsets alone aren't a solution - emission reduction is critically as important as drawdown, so ensure that if you do purchase offsets, they form part of your transitional climate policy.

Once we hit net zero, they're no longer needed!

Exclusive Daily Insights

    We'll never sell your data, unsubscribe anytime.

    Receive daily insights on climate tech, sustainability and regenerative business that we share exclusively with our email subscribers.

    Jargon free and specifically for Aussie organisations.

    We acknowledge that we work on the lands of the Wangal peoples of the wider Eora nation in the place now known as Sydney. We are humbled to work on Wangal lands, used for generations as a place for Aboriginal learning and knowledge exchange.

    We respect the Elders of the past, our current Elders and the Elders emerging for our future. May we all continue to look after Wangal, Eora and surrounding lands.
    Exclusive Daily Insights
    Get exclusive rebranding insights that we only share with email subscribers.
      © 2022 Impact Labs Australia.
      crossmenu linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram