why carbon offsetting is importaNt

We know that climate change is overwhelming – and that it’s hard to know how to take steps to combat it. At CIRCA5000, we’re optimists. The primary cause of climate change is rising carbon emissions and, however hard we try, it is unlikely that we can fully eliminate our carbon emissions through the daily decisions that we make – either because there is no green alternative available or because the alternative is too expensive for our budgets. That’s why we offer carbon offset plans – giving you the power to take on the carbon emissions that you are unable to otherwise control. Keep reading to find out more about how it all works.

what is carbon offsetting?

Carbon emissions are one of the biggest drivers of climate change. Just going about our daily lives causes these emissions – from the food we eat to the energy we use while typing an email. In fact, the average UK citizen produces 10.51 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually – the equivalent of taking eight-and-a-half return flights from London to New York. Right now, emitting carbon is an unavoidable fact of life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it.

Carbon offsetting lets you balance your carbon emissions by supporting projects that reduce and remove emissions, allowing you to compensate for your carbon footprint.

How does a CIRCA5000 carbon offset plan work?

As with everything we do at CIRCA5000, we want to make offsetting uncomplicated and accessible. So we’ve simplified things. 

We select a mix of accredited projects with trusted methods for measuring how much greenhouse gas they reduce or remove, and then you support them with a monthly contribution. 

You can customise your plan based on how much you’d like to offset each month. This means you can choose to offset the average UK citizen’s emissions by becoming #carbonneutral, twice the UK average by embracing a #climatepositive life, or become a#climatehero and offset four times the average emissions.

How will I know if my offset plan is effective?

Some critics argue that carbon offsetting just gives carbon emitters a licence to pump out more CO2. After all, haven’t they bought the right to do so? This type of thinking doesn’t fly with us. That’s why CIRCA5000 works with accredited carbon offsetting partner, BeZero.

BeZero independently assesses the carbon offset market using a rigorous system to rate the quality of each project. This means BeZero applies its standard to every offset you make through CIRCA5000. For example, to prevent carbon offsets becoming a path to further pollution, BeZero adheres to a metric called “additionality”.

In simple terms, this means your offsets have maximum impact because the reduction would not have happened if the project itself had never existed and you hadn't subscribed to an offset plan. With CIRCA5000, you can be assured that your carbon offsetting is always as effective and meaningful as possible.

How do I sign up?

  1. Head to our new ‘Offset’ tab at the bottom of your app screen. 
  2. Follow our carbon offset explainer, get to know the projects you’ll be supporting then choose your plan based on how much you’d like to offset each month. 
  3. Confirm your plan and you’re done! You’ll be able to see how much you’ve offset in real-time whenever you tap onto the ‘Offset’ tab.

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