Carbon offset your car

Cars, trucks and other vehicles emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases which accelerates global warming. After flying, driving a car is the biggest climate-harming activity an individual can do.

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Offsetting offers a simple and easy way for people and organizations to make up for their carbon emissions by donating money to green projects that reduce emissions and/or increasing renewable energy sources.

When you pay for a carbon offset, you are essentially paying for someone else to reduce their own CO2 emissions in an equal or greater measure in other ways. Carbon offsetting measures the amount of carbon an activity emits and determines whether it will cause or contribute to climate change. This is then matched with a sustainable project elsewhere which can reduce emissions correspondingly.

Climate change is an extraordinarily complex challenge and no single solution is likely to stop climate change alone. What we’re offering you is an opportunity for you to reduce or remove your carbon footprint.

Similar to individual votes in an election, a single contribution makes a small difference, but in aggregate, the contributions of many can make a huge difference. Climate change is no different.

To offset your carbon footprint, we exclusively fund tree planting and support certified Gold Standard projects.

The Gold Standard literally sets the standard for climate and development interventions to quantify and maximize their impact. Gold Standard certified projects are the very best, and most scrutinized, CO2 offsetting projects.

It was established by the WWF in 2003 and is endorsed by the World Bank, the UN, multiple governments such as Germany and Switzerland, and many others.

We pool together all our customers’ contributions to drive major impact in 2-3 different projects at a time. The projects differ from time to time, as ongoing ones are completed and new ones are started, but they are all Gold Standard certified.

We primarily support reforestation and renewable energy, such as solar and wind farms, because these projects provide the largest CO2 reductions.

The Gold Standard partners

The projects you will support

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.