How Carbon Offsets Work
What is a carbon offset?
Carbon offsets are a practical and effective way to address climate change and encourage the growth of renewable energy.
With them, you can counteract your personal carbon emissions—your “carbon footprint”—while contributing to a more sustainable future.
What is a “Carbon Footprint”?
When you use energy or products manufactured with fossil fuels, you generate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. The combination of emissions caused by your home, transportation, and daily life is known as your “carbon footprint.”
There are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint—you can drive a hybrid car, use compact fluorescent lighting, and eat local food. View more green tips.
How Carbon Offsets Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
NativeEnergy’s Help Build™ carbon offsets accomplish more than most offsets: they help fund new projects that reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
But even if you take every energy-saving step, if you are a 21st-century human, you will leave a carbon footprint. Using carbon offsets, you can counteract the greenhouse gas emissions that you cannot avoid causing.
How Help Build™ Carbon Offsets Work:
Help Build carbon offsets are a new, progressive type of carbon offset with a bigger impact than conventional offsets.
Typically, when someone buys a carbon offset, the money goes to pay for a reduction in greenhouse gases that has already occurred. This purchase supports an existing project.
However, sometimes community-based projects don’t have enough funding to be built in the first place.
Help Build™ carbon offsets bridge the gap.
You purchase carbon offsets from a project in advance—that is, before the emission reductions occur. By doing so, you play a key role in funding its construction, enabling it to cut greenhouse gas pollution on your behalf for years to come.
By purchasing a Help Build carbon offset, you're funding new projects that will reduce carbon emissions and help communities grow.
To calculate your carbon offset, we use internationally recognized methodologies to determine the emissions that your project will reduce. Once generated, all carbon offsets also undergo third-party certification to ensure that they truly occurred.
Reducing your carbon footprint with NativeEnergy carbon offsets is simple:
- Calculate your carbon footprint
Quantify the greenhouse gas emissions from your household, travel, or business.
- Reduce your footprint with NativeEnergy carbon offsets
Purchase carbon offsets through our carbon calculators or our quick purchase tool.