No forest in the world can store as much CO₂ as we emit
Some providers of climate offsets are trying to build up a counter position to the emissions caused, for example through reforestation programs. As much as we welcome these programs from an ecological perspective, the area we would need to reforest to mitigate climate change is not available fast enough. We are overburdening the forest if we expect it to solve our emissions problems.
If you really want to make a difference and take responsibility for your carbon footprint, you have to go one step further and reduce. Not just compensate.
Emissions cap. In Europe. For global climate protection.
Many responsible entrepreneurs do everything they can to reduce emissions that are harmful to the climate. At some point, almost all of them reach a limit: Either a further reduction of emissions is not possible from a purely technical point of view, or it would no longer be economically viable.
For you, we look for a partner who has more and cheaper options for CO₂ avoidance. We pay them for this. As proof of their CO₂ savingswe receive their released emission rights, which we pass on directly to a large German environmental foundation for safekeeping. Leave the last step of emissions avoidance to your new partner, obviously they can do it cheaper than you. Otherwise, they would not have sold their emission rights.
Ultimately, this is nothing other than a division of labor to avoid emissions – made possible by EU emissions certificate trading and legally secured by European laws and regulations.
Why not a traditional offset business?
Any serious approach to reducing harmful climate gases is important and helps limit global warming. However, not every approach is equally suitable for a decision maker.
Sometimes compensation projects suffer from the fact that
- they cannot be increased on a large scale in the short term
- their success over time is difficult to monitor and a legal framework that is secure far into the future is lacking
- they try to compensate for existing emissions instead of reducing the emissions themselves
- because of the Paris Climate Conference, since the beginning of the year, it is no longer possible to offset own emissions against the contribution of the offset projects.
- double claiming can’t be ruled out for some projects
Almost all countries in the world have made a binding commitment to reduce their emissions in Paris. If a project is now carried out abroad to compensate for European emissions, the host country could reduce its own climate protection efforts to the same extent. The contribution of a climate protection project would then no longer be additional and compensation of own emissions can no longer be promised. Currently, almost all offset projects are affected by this problem. With the entry into force of the resolutions of the Paris Climate Conference in January, even Gold Standard projects can no longer guarantee full compensation of the CO₂ footprint.
We don’t offset, we cap emission rights and reduce climate pollution. We help you reduce emissions through European emissions certificate trading. Double counting is not a problem with us: With us, you can safely reduce your CO₂ footprint.
With CAP₂ , you do not offset in a distant country, but reduce emissions in Europe: In a completely regulated, stable and established legal framework. This means that control costs approach zero. At the same time, much larger amounts of CO₂ can be neutralized without additional effort.