carbon offsets 101

photo by jan kopriva

Hearing more about carbon offsets these days and need some background info?

Basically, it means if you create carbon dioxide – a greenhouse gas- one way (say you fly a lot), you make up for it another way (you might plant a bunch of trees. A bunch.). Some popular offset projects include:

  • carbon capture: equipment that captures gases before they’re released at places with high emissions, like landfills and mines
  • forestry: planting trees or protecting old ones (I forgot about the oldies!)
  • using more efficient stoves: mostly a focus in developing countries
  • renewable energy: wind turbines and hydroelectric dams, but also individuals’ solar panels and biogas digesters (do you have yours yet?)