The principles

Extending your commitment to the climate through voluntary carbon offsetting

Islet in the Sulu Archipelago, Philippines (7°58’ N – 118°40’ E) © Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Acting on climate change means first identifying, then reducing the greenhouse gases we emit on a daily basis and which we can tackle at the source. The GoodPlanet Foundation offers you the tools you need to assess and reduce your carbon footprint.

At the same time, carbon offsetting provides an opportunity to take action against those emissions that we cannot or do not yet know how to reduce sufficiently: energy required for cooking food and the construction and renovation of buildings, among other things.

Offsetting unavoidable emissions is one way of providing financial support for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions anywhere on the planet. The fact is that the discharge of one metric tonne of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere has the same impact on global warming regardless of its place of origin. The emissions of the various greenhouse gases are calculated in tonnes of CO₂ equivalent (tCO₂ eq.). A reduction of one tCO₂eq. achieved by a project is the equivalent of one Carbon Credit.

Created at the instigation of stakeholders who are under no obligation to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (individuals, SMEs, local authorities, associations), voluntary carbon offsetting is one response to a raised level of awareness and a desire to take action on the part of civil society around the world. Its methodology is directly inspired by the principles of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change :

  • Additionality : the project would not have been possible without the use of carbon credits, which are not a result of regulatory obligations ;
  • Permanence : the emissions are avoided/sequestrated permanently ;
  • Verification : the emissions avoided/appropriated are quantifiable and measurable;
  • Once only : the credits can only be used once.

This innovative funding mechanism (1) promotes the emergence of local projects with a strong social and environmental impact; (2) empowers those actions (R&D, studies, etc.) that would have been impossible with institutional funding; and, finally, (3) makes it possible to take long-term action for the poorest populations.