Carbon offsetting sounds like an excellent idea. By reducing the amount of Carbonemissions you produce you are doing our part to help fight climate change. But is it really worth it? The simple fact is, while this is a good thing, there are other things you should know before you start to offset your Carbon emissions. In fact, even though you may be doing something good for the environment, there are some major drawbacks to Carbon offsetting. Here are just two of the reasons why you should think twice before you offset your Carbon emissions with this technique.
First off, Carbon offsetting doesn’t do anything to reduce your Carbon footprint. While the techniques used are supposed to offset your emissions, they do not reduce your footprint in any way. As a matter of fact, if you’re trying to reduce your footprint, you should be looking to reduce your overall Carbon footprint, not just your emissions. Simply put, Carbon offsetting helps you offset the emissions you produce by offsetting them elsewhere.
Second, it might not completely offset all of your emissions. You might be able to significantly reduce your emissions, but there are always going to be other sources of energy that contribute to climate change that you’ll have to offset as well. It’s important to remember that the goal of Carbon offsetting is to make your efforts to combat climate change more effective, not less. If you try to offset everything you produce, you’ll end up with very little impact on climate change. Couple this with the fact that you’ll have to replace many of your emissions with something that can be replaced and you have a couple of different issues that could get in the way of your efforts to combat climate change.
Third, even though some Carbon offsetting projects can be offset by using a Carbon offset program at a national level, some are better suited for off-site projects. If you’re going to offset your emissions at a local level, such as through planting trees, you need to make sure that your project is actually planting enough trees. Trees don’t necessarily offset well. You need to make sure that you’re planting the right kind of trees for the climate and location that you’re trying to combat climate change in.
Fourth, even if you do offset your emissions through forest Carbon offsetting, you still need to think about what you’re doing. In many cases, farmers offset their Carbon emissions by harvesting the Carbon directly from the trees they cut down. For this process to work, the farmers need to be logging the trees in the first place. However, if the log processing company that you’re working with doesn’t actually make its own Carbon offsetting commitments, it may be an irresponsible choice for you.
When you’re considering Carbon offsetting, whether it’s local or off-site, there are some considerations that you should think about. First and foremost, you need to understand how the offseting system works. Second, you need to consider what kinds of offsetting programs will be available to you. Finally, you need to make sure that your actions to mitigate climate change do not conflict with the goals of Carbon offsetting programs.