A new report states that at our current rate of emissions, we are on pace to blow through our carbon budget 16 years early. Global accounting firm Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) said in a recent report that in order to keep the consequences of global warming to a minimum, the global carbon ‘budget’ must remain below 1,300 billion tonnes of CO2 between the years 2000 and 2050. Currently, virtually all major nations are emitting at a pace that is unsustainably high and will blow our budget by 2034. Though the news reported by PWC is not great, there is room for improvement and mitigation. All nations must use energy more efficiently in order to keep our emissions under the sustainable threshold. Globally, this means improving our ‘carbon intensity’ – or the amount of carbon needed to generate a dollar of economic output. While carbon intensity tends to improve organically through upgrades in appliances and processes, this evolution is typically slow. To stay within our carbon budget, global carbon intensity must improve by 3 percent a year. From 2000-08, the carbon intensity of China, the U.S. and the E.U. improved only 0.7, 2.2, and 1.8 percent respectively. A good model for global leaders to follow can be based on the Carbonfund.org model of Reduce what you can, offset what you can’t. Three percent a year doesn’t sound like much, but will require coordinated efforts and long term planning. By focusing on efficiency improvements that improve carbon intensity, we can see real emissions reductions and cost savings today – and a cleaner future tomorrow. Can you reduce your carbon intensity 3% a year? Tell us how you are reducing your emission today!
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 18:15 Written by Greg Taylor
As the world prepares for the upcoming climate meeting in Copenhagen set to begin next week, another group of world leaders is already debating how to stop the climate crisis. Children from around the world, numbering over 160 youth from over 40 countries, are in the middle of climate negotiations in Copenhagen. UNICEF and the city of Copenhagen have brought them to Denmark to give voice to children around the world. Who better to influence environmental discussions than those who stand to inherit the world? These youth leaders-- including Becca Arbacher, a Carbonfund.org neighbor and Montgomery Blair High School sophomore in Silver Spring, MD-- are discussing the best ways to fight climate change. They have also paid special attention to the impact climate change has on children. As the Convention on the Rights of the Child turns 20 years old, the connection between climate change and children has never been clearer. The world’s youth stand to benefit the most from early action or suffer the most from our inaction. At the end of the conference, the Children’s Climate Forum will adopt a final resolution with recommendations for action on climate change. For the sake of the world, we hope that world leaders will pay heed to these recommendations. Here at Carbonfund.org we believe that the world needs to make a firm commitment to reign in carbon emissions. With the help of individuals, businesses, and organizations, Carbonfund.org is offsetting over 5 billion pounds of CO2. I hope you’ll join us in wishing Becca and the rest of her youth delegates good luck in their deliberations. The world depends on their work and the work of leaders of all ages around the world. You can follow the US delegation of young leaders on their blog.
Monday, 30 November 2009 11:44 Written by Ivan Chan
Give green this year-- e-certificates that reduce someone's carbon footprint while supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects that help fight global warming. You choose the amount you want to give, or offset the average annual carbon footprint of someone with a ZeroCarbon™ Individual or ZeroCarbon™ Family gift. This year, Carbonfund.org also offers a tree & Chico Bag bonus. For every $20 donated, Carbonfund.org will plant a tree in your honor, and for every $50, get a Carbonfund.org Chico Bag, which is a reusable, lightweight bag for shopping or carrying items around. The holidays don't have to mean getting stuff. It's a great time to get something meaningful for someone at a price you can afford. Visit Carbonfund.org's holiday page to start shopping! Check out these other green gift ideas as well at Planet Green.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 15:44 Written by Greg Taylor
CarbonFree® Partner Ecocamp Patagonia was awarded the label “Highly Commended” in the Best in A Mountain Environment category by the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2009. This year the whole world learns what we at Carbonfund.org knows– Ecocamp Patagonia is one of the best, most environmentally responsible ways to tour South America. Certified as a leader in environmental management, Ecocamp Patagonia incorporates “leave no trace” principles into its design. Working with Carbonfund.org, Ecocamp Patagonia has calculated and offset their entire carbon footprint for two straight years. We’re inspired by their leadership in creating an incredible vacation while being eco-responsible.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 10:18 Written by Ivan Chan
This year many people are looking for meaningful gifts and flexibility in how much to spend. Giving Carbonfund.org's carbon offset certificates let you help someone reduce their carbon footprint meaningfully while supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Choose to reduce from 1 ton to 50 tons, or take care of someone's annual carbon footprint and the planet with a ZeroCarbon™ Individual or ZeroCarbon™ Family gift. The average carbon footprint of an American is a whopping 24 tons of emissions a year. There are also options to offset the carbon footprint of someone's car or home. Your recipient gets a framable e-certificate in recognition of this support, and this year Carbonfund.org offers a Tree Bonus and Chico Bag Bonus. For every $20 you donate to support carbon reductions from the Carbonfund.org holiday page, Carbonfund.org will plant a tree in your honor. Also, for every $50, you receive a Carbonfund.org Chico Bag, which are lightweight and reusable for shopping or use as a tote for books and other items. This year, give something that's meaningful and at a price you can afford. Give the gift of a cleaner planet. Earn your tree and Carbonfund.org Chico Bag bonuses today. Visit the Carbonfund.org holiday page.
Monday, 23 November 2009 15:19 Written by Paul Burman
Today Carbonfund.org President and Co-founder Eric Carlson was on WAMU-FM's Kojo Nnamdi Show today to discuss green travel for the holidays. Eric was a featured guest in the first half hour along with Nancy Young, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for the Air Transport Association. It is no secret that your carbon footprint is affected by how and where you travel. For many of us this holiday season, we will be taking planes, trains and/or automobiles to be with our family and friends. But will the planet be worse off because of our travels? It's why we encourage everyone to take responsibility for our travel-related emissions. By supporting quality, third-party validated carbon reducing projects, you can mitigate your carbon footprint from traveling. You can learn more about your carbon footprint and carbon offsets, calculate your carbon footprint from travel, and offset your footprint by visiting www.carbonfund.org. For those of you who don't live in the DC area, the Kojo show is a beloved radio talk show on our local NPR station, WAMU. To listen to a recording of the show, click here and be connected with the show's page.
Friday, 20 November 2009 19:08 Written by Greg Taylor
For the first time, the Professional Convention Management Association’s Annual Meeting set a goal to be CarbonFree®. Through a sponsorship with Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, PCMA is leading the industry by offsetting the direct emissions of their convention in Dallas, Texas. They have made it easy for their attendees to offset their individual carbon footprints on a Carbonfund.org affiliate page. In addition to offsetting the event, PCMA is working hard on a slew of environmental initiatives in Dallas. They chose the Dallas Convention Center, which is completely powered by wind and seeking LEED certification. They are also encouraging recycling, energy conservation, waste reduction, water savings. PCMA 2010 is seeking to become a model for green conventions with their Green Meetings Community space at the convention. PCMA is supporting Carbonfund.org’s Truck Stop Electrification project located throughout the state of Texas. By keeping trucks from idling all night long, this project prevents carbon emissions from heating the globe. If you’re going to a convention or holding one, let us know, and we can help you reduce and offset your event's carbon footprint.
Friday, 20 November 2009 17:44 Written by Paul Burman
Recently, the travel agency Responsible Travel stopped providing their customers with the opportunity to offset their travel and apparently hasn't replaced their offering with anything to help individuals reduce their travel footprint. Responsible Travel had offered their customers the opportunity to offset their carbon emissions since 2002. The general argument for the company so far has been that the offsets the company provided did little to change customer behavior and limit travel. But what are customers taking away from Responsible Travel? What about individuals who have to travel for their livelihoods or work in travel and the like; will they realistically travel less? While it is a fact that flying to where we need to go is carbon intensive, many flights are not impulse buys. In order to travel plans need to be made: where will I stay? Who is going to take care of my pets? How will this trip fit into my budget? In short, most people aren't jetting around the world for no reason - they alter their lives (and submit themselves to airport security or weather delays) out of necessity for business, family and much needed vacations. So why not give people the opportunity to take responsibility for their carbon emissions? Responsible Travel's position on offsets is misguided because 1) they over-estimate people's ability to modify their travel arrangements and 2) appear to take the position that it's better not to do anything than to do something. The fact is that carbon offset projects can be validated to do what they're supposed to, which is reduce carbon emissions and therefore serve as an offset to one's own emissions. By supporting real, high quality certified and verified carbon offset projects we can take responsibility for our carbon footprint, which is real and needs to be addressed if we are to solve global warming.