Adapting to climate change is necessary to respond to the emergency, but mitigation is essential to limit the costs of adaptation.


Incorporated into the international political agenda since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, carbon neutrality is now a universal ambition to limit global warming “significantly below 2°C” compared to pre-industrial levels.


Offsetting involves purchasing carbon credits resulting from an emission reduction project carried out in a territory, in relation to its own carbon footprint.

However, some companies are hostile to it, preferring only the technique of reforestation.

Offset the CO2 that could not be reduced Here, consists in financing an eco-project Elsewhere an eco-project. One ton of CO2 avoided on the eco-project generates a carbon credit.

Summarizing offsetting as carbon neutrality would be narrow.

It is better to discuss about a social carbon at the service of development.


Historically, offsetting was born from the 1995 Kyoto Protocol. It was above all a means for countries that had made commitments to reduce their emissions to be able to do so elsewhere, outside their own territory.


All countries in the world have made reduction commitments and therefore this differentiation no longer exists. Offsetting should therefore develop in developed countries.

Despite more than 10 years of existence in France, compensation still lacks neutral, homogenous information for all audiences. This is why Global Climate Initiatives, like many other players already involved, offers educational information on the carbon offsetting mechanism.

Every citizen, company, local authority or event organizer can voluntarily offset their CO2 emissions by purchasing carbon credits from a carbon reduction and offsetting operator, a project that avoids CO2 emissions.

This is equivalent to all or part of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced, calculated according to a reference system and using approved tools.

Carbon offsetting is a tool for ecological and energy transition. It is a lever for providing financial support for the deployment of solutions that emit less.

It plays a minimal role in the overall climate, but because of its transformational nature, an offsetting project contributes at its level to preserving our climate.

Calculate your company's carbon footprint in full compliance

Calculate your company's carbon footprint in full compliance

GCI offers a set of proven calculators in usage since 2012 allowing the company to perform its own calculations and reports usable enforceable for each of the scopes concerned.

Reduce your GHG emissions through positive climate action

Reduce your GHG emissions through positive climate action

GCI’s digital platform offers everyone, from small businesses to large corporations, a set of online recommendations and tools to share best practices in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Offset by committing to projects that integrate Sustainable Development Objectives

Offset by committing to projects that integrate SDO

As an international stakeholder, Global Climate Initiatives offers carbon offset projects, linked to SDOs, selected and (co-)developed by our experts directly on site.