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1. Posted by si403 (Full Member 128 posts) 6y

Hi, which is the best company for off setting carbon emissions for flights?

By 'best' i mean most reliable, the ones where the money I give will go directly into curbing my carbon emissions?

Any other advice regarding this matter will also be appreciated, thanks.

I am going to Costa Rica for 3 weeks, where we will see hundreds of species of plants and animals, I am aware that almost everything I do in my life will (indirectly) contribute to their eventual extinction, so I just want to lower my impact, and see this as an easily accessible way in which to do so. (I am aware this does not justify not using public transport everywhere I go, or eating meat on a daily basis, etc,etc).

Thanks for any help.

[ Edit: Edited on 03-Nov-2009, at 04:46 by si403 ]

2. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

Quoting si403

Hi, which is the best company for off setting carbon emissions for flights?

There isn't one.... It's all a con - honest.

3. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

I don't know much re carbon offsetting company, but someone I know (who is US-based) uses TerraPass. However, I note that you're from UK, and as far as I know, DEFRA has a list of approved off-setters : http://offsetting.defra.gov.uk/cms/approved-offsets/

4. Posted by si403 (Full Member 128 posts) 6y

hi 'BedouinLeo', could you be a little more specific please and tell me what you mean please?

5. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

Quoting si403

hi 'BedouinLeo', could you be a little more specific please and tell me what you mean please

More specific? How more specific do you want me to be?
Airlines ask (or should that read 'Con') customers, paying customers that is, to pay towards carbon offsets, while they take off day in day out and pollute this poor fragile earth to breaking point. I'm as much to blame. I take several flights a month, both long and short haul. However, I do it cos it's my job and I've no room to question what the airlines are doing. Even so, the carbon offsets thing is much the same as green tax on flights. Get my drift?
Be more specific? In what area do you want me to be more specific?

6. Posted by lil_lil (Travel Guru 462 posts) 6y

BedouinLeo, I think si403 may be referring more to carbon offset companies rather than airline requesting paying customers to pay to offset the carbon.

Sure, buying carbon offsets is viewed by many as a (relatively easy) measure to assuage our guilt. A bit like a bribe to make the problem go away. I have heard someone said this - "Oh I've paid for some companies to set up measures that reduced carbon emission, and that will counter the carbon emitted from my travel so it all balances out."

That is, of course, defeating the purpose. Balancing out is not the goal here - it should be net total reduction of carbon emissions.

Nonetheless, for many, this is all of good intention because they really want to reduce the impact of their actions, while not giving up on something else that they love completely. This is the best compromise that they have right now, until a better solution comes along.

I don't know how successful the carbon offset companies are in achieving the goal in reducing carbon emission though, nor do I know how well they are managing their projects and handling the monies ethically. In setting up any projects, in short terms, there are high likelihood that more carbon is being emitted from the production, the transportation of project materials etc. In the long term, perhaps the benefits to be reaped greatly outweigh the setbacks currently seen. Nonetheless, the whole initiative is still new that an accurate measure is not possible at the moment.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Nov-2009, at 02:51 by lil_lil ]

7. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

Each to their own opinions. Freedom of speech is always a good thing.
I stick with my original post though.

8. Posted by si403 (Full Member 128 posts) 6y

hi lil lil, thanks for the useful post.

BedouinLeo. "Specific: precise and detailed, avoiding vagueness".

I just meant could you give me some sort of specific information to back up your claim, some sort of explanation as to how you formulated your opinion. I'm sure you know what you are talking about, however, an 8 word sentence isn't going to convince me either way, thanks for your second reply though, I will bear it in mind.

thanks again, Simon.

9. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 6y

Quoting si403

hi lil lil, thanks for the useful post.

BedouinLeo. "Specific: precise and detailed, avoiding vagueness".

I just meant could you give me some sort of specific information to back up your claim, some sort of explanation as to how you formulated your opinion. I'm sure you know what you are talking about, however, an 8 word sentence isn't going to convince me either way, thanks for your second reply though, I will bear it in mind.

thanks again, Simon.


Phew.... A one word reply.

10. Posted by si403 (Full Member 128 posts) 6y

Now I am confused lol.