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Frequently Asked Questions

Need help? Here we explain all about how to offset your carbon footprint 

1. What is a carbon footprint?

The total amount of greenhouse gases (CO2, CO, SOx, NOx, etc.) produced to directly and indirectly support human activities, by which we cause an impact on the Earth's atmosphere.

When you drive a car, the engine burns fuel which creates a certain amount of CO2, depending on its fuel consumption and the driving distance. When you heat your house with oil, gas or coal, then you also generate CO2. Even if you heat your house with electricity, the generation of the electrical power may also have emitted a certain amount of CO2. When you buy food and goods, the production of the food and goods also emitted some quantities of CO2. All these emissions can be reduced and offset.

2. What do we mean by carbon footprint offsetting?

Offsetting CO2 emissions is based on the voluntary contribution of an amount of money proportional to the tonnes of CO2 emitted, have not been able to be reduced by other means.

Specifically, that money is used to buy carbon credits with each one being equivalent to one tonne of CO2 emitted. This economic contribution is dedicated to projects in developing countries and they should:Capture a number of tonnes of CO2 equivalent to the amount emitted, by developing a carbon sink project, e.g. a forestry project or prevent the emission of a number of tonnes of CO2 equivalent to the amount emitted, by means of an energy efficiency project, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, waste management or avoided deforestation.

We cannot stop emitting GHI when we travel or during our daily activities, so the only way to say that we are "carbon neutral" is through offsetting.

3. How can I offset my carbon footprint through ALLCOT?

Measuring the amount of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions is done in tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e). Once we have measured the emissions, we can begin managing them, for example by benchmarking emissions year on year to show where progress and cost-savings have been made.

Your footprint is calculated from data related to all of your organisation’s emission producing activities: electricity consumption, fuel consumption, flights, hotel stays, etc. We provide you with an easy to fill-out questionnaire to complete. Then we do the rest.

Once we know the carbon footprint, we can offset these emissions by retiring an equal number of carbon offsets. These offsets come from certified emission reduction projects and often provide additional social benefits to local communities in under-developed regions.

4. Is it a reliable methodology?

In order to achieve the maximum qualified, credible and accurate calculations, ALLCOT Group follows the Accounting and Reporting Principles established by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) for corporate carbon footprint accounting.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions. A decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the GHG Protocol is working with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programs for tackling climate change.

In addition, ALLCOT only develops and participates in projects that demonstrate their quality, sustainability and social co-benefits through the most recognized and demanding international carbon standards, such as the Gold Standard Foundation (GS), the United Nation’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM),) or the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).

5. What do I achieve when I invest in a carbon offset project?

When you invest in a carbon offset project you are supporting environmental and often, social benefits.  Many projects that ALLCOT works with provide education, health or economic benefits for the local communities. 

Additionally, if you invest in our projects, we will give you an official certificate that demonstrates your contribution.

6. What is the value proposition if your company invest in sustainability?

To attract new investors or partners who care about protecting the environment; to improve corporate reputation and brand positioning; to reach the green customer, which gets bigger and bigger; to save on operating costs; to comply with current legislation

7. How I can get more information about carbon footprinting and offsetting?

Everybody can offset the footprint of their activities. If you want more information about this, you can write to gmg@allcot.com.