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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.

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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