If you are here there is probably some issue you're not sure about. Below you can find answers to many questions relating to the Carboneutralife website. If we missed some important subject, feel free to contact us at +386 1 620 88 54.
CO2e is a carbon dioxide equivalent. It’s a common term to describe different greenhouse gas emissions (such as carbon dioxide [CO2], methane [CH4], nitrous oxide [N2O], etc.) based on the relation between the quantity of emissions of a specific greenhouse gas and its impact on global warming, all in comparison to the effect of carbon dioxide on the atmosphere and the greenhouse effect in general.
It’s a gas able to absorb and trap radiation coming from the sun (infrared radiation) and then to re-emit heat radiation back to the atmosphere. Among the most widely known greenhouse gases we find methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, water vapour or fluorinated gases like ozone.
The Earth’s surface keeps on warming all the time and it’s a natural process. Unfortunately, different human activities (like using electricity, driving cars, heating households, raising animals, and burning fossil fuels) produce additional greenhouse gases and this ever-increasing amount of greenhouse gases influences the enhanced heat radiation being trapped in the atmosphere. Therefore, the Earth’s surface heats faster and faster as a major concentration of greenhouse gases contributes to the global warming of the planet Earth.
This is the European Union Emission Trading System, established in 2005 as a main tool of the EU’s policy to approach its pollution problem and fight against climate change. Currently it has become a leading global company-level “cap-and-trade” market of allowances for emitting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.
On our website we offer you the possibility to calculate your individual carbon footprint. For us, a carbon footprint is the total quantity of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) greenhouse gases you produce by your everyday activities. A carbon footprint is measured in tonnes (or lbs) of CO2e.
Based on Internet-accessible data, we have developed our own methodology for carbon footprint calculations. We believe our calculations truly reflect one’s actual carbon footprint; however, all results should only be used for informative purposes. We implemented several different assumptions into the methodology and thus actual results can vary.
The main basis of all calculations is the average carbon footprint per capita, which differs according to the country you live in and, in some cases, also to the age, gender or general behaviors of a single person.
Our quiz calculator covers 4 sides of our living habits: home, travel, food and lifestyle. It also consists of 14 easy questions from fields which have the greatest influence on the carbon footprint level of an individual.
This mechanism aims to assist developing countries (which are not listed in Annex I of the Kyoto Protocol) toward sustainable development through the implementation of different environmentally-related projects financed by developed countries from Annex I of the Kyoto Protocol. All CDM projects intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by such ventures as wind farms, hydropower, planting trees, and many others. The Clean Development Mechanism is better defined in Art. 12 of the Kyoto Protocol.
CDM projects take place in developing countries. Their main goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the implementation of environmentally friendly technologies and solutions. In general, we can say the price of carbon credits coming from different projects depends mostly on market supply and demand. The more unique the methodology, technology used, or simply location of the project, the higher price carbon credits can reach. It also depends on the size and scope of the project, as small-scale projects are often difficult to apply and therefore have relatively higher implementation costs. Last but not least, we should also consider the socio-economic benefits a single project brings to the local community. Taking all this into account, we can understand why carbon credits from wind farm projects, for example, are cheaper than those from cook stoves ones. In any case, no matter which project you decide to make your carbon footprint offset with, you can rest assured your contribution will support a great environmental venture.
The conclusion of single stages of a CDM project is rewarded by the issuance of Certified Emission Reduction units. These units can be traded by project owners and project participants so additional funds for further project implementation and expansion are obtained. If you decide to buy CERs through our Carboneutralife website, you directly support this project and thus have a positive impact on the planet Earth.
Every time you decide to acquire carbon footprint offsets through our website, immediately after making the payment you will receive a certificate of your carbon neutrality. Shortly after your purchase has been processed, you will get the official evidence via email confirming the offset credits you bought have been canceled in the Union Registry so that nobody else can benefit from them anymore. Once obtained, you can also compare the project numbers where the carbon credits come from on both documents.
Once you decide to calculate your carbon footprint or buy any other fast-purchase product on the Carboneutralife website, you will be asked to select the exact project for carbon credits you would like to make your offset with. Featured climate projects, on the other hand, reduce CO2e emissions and receive carbon credits in the amount of achieved emission reductions. By purchasing and canceling carbon credits you offset your carbon footprint and contribute to the feasibility of climate projects. All the credits we provide for your carbon footprint compensation come from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects approved internationally under the United Nations body (UNFCCC), with a main goal of contributing to sustainable progress in developing countries. You will also get the official evidence via email confirming the offset credits you bought have been canceled in the Union Registry so that nobody else can benefit from them anymore.
Carbon credits are defined only in integer numbers with units expressed in tonnes of CO2e. Consequently, the lowest purchase available through Carboneutralife website is 1 tonne (2.204,62 lbs) of CO2e.
When you calculate your carbon footprint the result is rounded to two decimals while carbon credits are defined in integer numbers only. As a result, some minor differences between your actual purchase and number of carbon credits canceled on your behalf may occur. However, rest assured that we always charge only the exact amount of carbon credits your calculation was made for and cancel equal or more carbon credits than your actual purchase. Please also pay attention the lowest purchase available through Carboneutralife website is 1 tonne (2.204,62 lbs) of CO2e.
On our Carboneutralife website we offer you complete service, including:
your carbon footprint calculation
other fast-purchase products with the goal of measuring the carbon footprint of your activities and habits in different areas of life
official cancelation of selected carbon credits through our account in the EU ETS Union Registry on your behalf
We don’t offer physical delivery of carbon credits, and so you never become the owner of these carbon credits. Instead, you can enjoy your carbon neutrality and rest assured that nobody else can benefit from the carbon credits you paid for, as they won’t exist anymore.
The price of the service is based on the price of the carbon credits used for the offset. These prices vary according to different projects. All prices are to be paid in EUR, GBP or USD and include 22% VAT, in accordance with Slovenian legislation.
Our main advantage is the transparency of our service. You have full control over selecting the project you would like to offset your carbon footprint with. You also receive the attestation that the selected carbon credits have been officially canceled in the Union Registry shortly after the transaction is concluded. We want you to know exactly what happens with your monetary contribution.
EASY TO EXPLAIN
Watch the short video animation and find the answer to the question: why does every offset of your personal carbon footprint count?!