Carbon Footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, or activity. The average carbon footprint of a US household is 48.5 metric tonnes (or 106,924 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) equal to 5,457 gallons of gasoline consumed. The majority of this is from electricity consumed at home and transportation.
A Carbon Offset is a way to compensate for your greenhouse gas emissions by funding an equivalent carbon dioxide savings elsewhere. It both helps to combat global climate change as well as to care for local communities around the world.
No matter where in the world you invest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the impact on climate is the same. You can blend your personal contribution in any way you please between acting at home and elsewhere to make a difference.
You can live a less carbon intensive lifestyle at home while making a real difference to people’s lives in Africa, Asia and Central America by reducing their emissions through efficient cooking and lighting.
Transformation Carbon will make up the difference between what you do at home and what you need to do elsewhere to neutralize your climate footprint.
The simple answer is almost everything. A carbon footprint is generated so many ways - from our daily transportation, to the electricity and heating sources we use at home, the food choices we make and the goods and services we consume. We call these lifestyle emissions and you can offset them at the individual level or household level based on US averages. We also have packages that allow you to offset your emissions from air travel, your participation in sports like skydiving or your participation in specific events.
Based on the amount of carbon offsets purchased every year through our website, we will retire an equivalent amount of carbon offsets generated from our Transformation Carbon project portfolio. Retiring a carbon offset means that we are forever removing that carbon offset from circulation. It can never be re-sold, or traded ever again. It is permanent.
To offset your carbon footprint, your purchase of carbon offsets is supporting our Transformation Carbon project portfolio and not one specific project. Each project we implement has different cost structures, so to keep it simple we blend these costs together and offer carbon offsets at one uniform price. We use the proceeds of your purchase to continue to implement our projects to generate new carbon offsets as well as to retire already issued carbon offsets. All carbon offsets purchased will be retired at the end of every calendar year.
Our projects are registered under specific carbon offset standards and undergo rigorous assessment by independent third party auditors, assuring high quality carbon. Currently, we use the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate Action Reserve (CAR). Every time we would like to have carbon offsets issued from our projects, which is about once every year, we are required to hire independent, accredited third-party auditors to verify that carbon offsets are real and calculated according to applicable methodologies.
At the beginning of every calendar year, we will hire an audit firm that will review all Transformation Carbon purchases made the previous year, and review whether we have retired an equivalent amount of carbon offsets in the carbon registries of our various projects. The audit firm will issue a report to this effect and we will post this report on our website. Since we just launched our retail business, the first audit report will be issued in early 2019 for all of 2018 purchases.
If for any reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, you can have a full refund. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a refund within 30 days of placing your order.
Unlike most other retail carbon offset platforms, we are not a middle man. We develop and implement our Transformation Carbon projects directly with our own subsidiaries or with our on-the-ground partners. This allows us the ability to control the quality of projects through our close management and it greatly improves efficiencies to bring high quality carbon offsets to the market at more competitive pricing than other retail outlets.
No. C-Quest Capital, the owner and operator of Transformation Carbon, is a for-profit social enterprise, and does not hold a tax-exempt status. Therefore, the Transformation Carbon offsets purchased from C-Quest Capital cannot be treated as a charitable contribution and tax write-off.