About Carbon Offsets
Each of us produces carbon emissions daily. Every time you turn on a light, power up your computer or start your car, you are using energy, which in turn results in carbon emissions. And when you look at it from a business scale, the resulting carbon footprint can quickly add up.
According to the EPA, human activity is directly or indirectly responsible for releasing 6–7 billion metric tons of carbon annually. These emissions contribute to climate change, which can have a significant negative impact on the environment, particularly over a long period of time. Carbon offsets—along with energy-saving efforts—can help combat climate change.
A carbon offset is a credit that is purchased to negate carbon emissions. One carbon credit is equal to 1 metric ton of carbon emissions. To put it into perspective:
- A typical domestic flight = 1.4 metric tons
- 112 gallons of gas = 1 metric ton
- 6 desktop computers = 1 metric ton each year
- Average person = 50 metric tons each year