Carbon offsets represent the reduction of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gas emissions that are used to compensate for, or “offset,” greenhouse emissions elsewhere, including from vehicle fleets. Carbon offsets can come from a range of sources, such as renewable energy, methane capture and use, reforestation, and increased energy efficiency. While there are currently no laws in the United States regulating what is and what is not a carbon offset, several organizations offer certification programs that seek to maximize their quality and integrity.
The purchase of a carbon offset, generally traded in one-ton increments, is said to reduce the purchaser’s carbon footprint by an equivalent amount. In addition to lowering your organization’s carbon footprint, carbon offset purchases promote renewable energy and other carbon reduction activities. Certified carbon offsets are sold at many retail outlets and may be customized to meet your specific requirements or preferences. Carbon offsets may be tax deductible if purchased by a 501(c)3 organization.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- A Better City
- Bella Luna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
- Epiphany School
- KC Real Estate Management
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- Peabody Office Furniture
- Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
How to offset Fleet and Business Related Travel
- Collect mileage data from fleet and air miles from business travel for a specific time period like one month or one year.
- Use fleet and air miles to calculate finanical investment:
- Use an offset provider like the three above to purchase offsets for fleet and business travel.
- Post the offset certificate on your website to market your company’s good deed!
Examples of Boston Area Businesses that Offset Fleet Emissions
- Carbon MAP
- Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
- Green-e Climate
- The Voluntary Carbon Standard
- The Climate Action Reserve
- Carbon Footprint Calculator for Businesses
- Carbon Footprint Calculator for Business Travel
In The News
- “New England Helps Carbon Cap-and-Trade Market Mature” MassHighTech.com, April 24, 2009
- “Green-e Climate Certifying Carbon Offsets” Environmental Leader, February 27, 2008