Why you should offset your car in 2021
All cars release CO₂ into the atmosphere when driven, including to a lesser extent electric cars and hybrids.
Transport in general, and cars in particular, is one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions and a major source of air pollution. A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. This number can vary based on a vehicle’s fuel, fuel economy, and the number of miles driven per year.
While the emissions of a car are tiny compared to those of – let’s say – an airplane, cars carry far fewer passengers than planes do. Due to this reason, the environmental impact per person is on average lower if you’re flying from A to B than if you’re driving your car from A to B.
That’s why it’s important to reduce the emissions you’re generating by driving less, and to offset whatever amount you can’t avoid to drive.
Our personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming. Collectively, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas.
About five pounds comes from the extraction, production, and delivery of the fuel, while the great bulk of heat-trapping emissions—more than 19 pounds per gallon—comes right out of a car’s tailpipe.
In total, the US transportation sector—which includes cars, trucks, planes, trains, ships, and freight—produces nearly thirty percent of all US global warming emissions, more than almost any other sector.
How does electrical vehicles (EVs) contribute to climate change?
EVs are powered by electricity, which in turn is created through a variety of ways. Some are natural, such as solar and wind power. Others are man-made, through the burning of fossil fuels like coal or oil, which release greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere. Burning these fuels releases carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), methane (CH 4 ), nitrogen oxide (N 2 O), and several other GHGs, which are converted into an equivalent amount of CO 2 when calculating their “global warming potential” (GWP).
In plain English: an EV is climate-friendly, but the electricity that powers it rarely is. While it’s easy to think that a EV contributes zero emissions, on average, the environmental impact is about 60% compared to a petrol or diesel powered car. That’s a massive improvement, but far from zero, and still requires offsetting (or other Co2-reducing efforts) to compensate.
How to offset my car
With Offsetta, you can keep driving the car you have, but drive it while being carbon neutral. We fund tree planting and carefully selected Gold Standard-certified projects on your behalf. This greatly reduces the amount of Co2 that is released into the atmosphere and is an easy and affordable way for you to drive green.