UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT CARBON

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

CARBON NEUTRALITY

A key part of the international political agenda since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, carbon neutrality is now a universal goal, in an attempt to keep global warming “well below 2°C” compared to pre-industrial levels.

CARBON OFFSETTING

Offsetting consists of purchasing carbon credits from an emissions reduction project carried out in one area, based on the company’s own carbon footprint.

However, some companies are hostile to the idea, and only prepared to consider reforestation.

Offsetting the CO2 that could not be reduced here, involves financing an eco-project elsewhere; one tonne of CO2 avoided on the eco-project generates a carbon credit.

It would be simplistic to just see offsetting as carbon neutrality.

It would be more helpful to refer to social carbon, to further the interests of development

2008

Historically, offsetting was born out of the 1995 Kyoto Protocol. It was first and foremost a way for countries that had made emission reduction commitments to be able to achieve them elsewhere, outside their own territory.

TODAY

All countries in the world have made reduction commitments and therefore this differentiation no longer exists. Offsetting should therefore be pursued in the so-called developed countries.

Despite existing for over 10 years in France, offsetting still does not have neutral, consistent information suitable for all audiences.  This is why Global Climate Initiatives, like many of the players already involved, offers educational information on the carbon offsetting mechanism.

Every citizen, company, local authority or event organiser 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 standardised system and using approved tools.

Carbon offsetting is a tool to further the environmental and energy transition. It incentivises financial support for the deployment of less emitting solutions.

Its role is minimal in the overall global climate system, but its transformational nature means an offsetting project participates at its own level in the preservation of our climate.

Be fully compliant by calculating your company's carbon footprint.

Be fully compliant by calculating your company's carbon footprint.

GCI offers a set of calculators which will enable a company to carry out its own calculations and reports that can be compared with third party data for each Scopes.

Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions through positive climate action

Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions through positive climate action

GCI’s digital platform offers everyone, from small businesses to large corporations, a set of tips and tools to reduce their carbon footprint.

Offset by committing to projects that work with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Offset by committing to projects that work with the SDG

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