Friday, August 25, 2006



Carbon neutral

Tonight, I did something I've been planning to do for a while: I went carbon neutral. I tallied up my CO2 emissions, then purchased an appropriate amount of carbon credits from Ebex21. They in turn will put the money towards a native forest regeneration scheme in the Queen Charlotte Wilderness. The net result is that enough trees will be grown to absorb my annual emissions - and as a bonus, they'll be trees that I actually like, rather than boring old pinus radiata.

How much did this cost? Not a lot. I'd calculated my annual emissions at 7.5T a year, and that set me back a mere $165 - less than fifty cents a day. Not a lot of money to pay to end my contribution to a global problem.

The one hole in the calculations is this blog. I'd like to purchase an offset for it as well, so I can then become New Zealand's first accreditted carbon neutral blog, but that would require information about how much energy blogger uses to host it - and they're not exactly forthcoming. I'm continuing to make enquiries, but in the meantime, I'll just have to be satisfied that all the emissions on my end of the internet are covered.

8 comments:

Well done Idiot. I'll do the same as soon as I have a little spare cash.

Posted by Anonymous : 8/25/2006 03:26:00 AM

Yeah, I'll second that. Well done; a great example.

Posted by pohanginapete : 8/25/2006 09:13:00 AM

If blogger - Google - have any sense they'll take your request, scale it up and declare the whole of Google's operation carbon-neutral. Don't be evil is a good slogan. Do good is a better one. Says he, who is flying tomorrow. Hypocrite.

Posted by peter : 8/25/2006 11:18:00 AM

Peter: Google is being surveyed as part of the fourth Carbon Disclosure Project, so maybe we'll be able to see something abouttheir emissions (and what they are planning to do about them) next month.

As for flying, you can always buy an offset from somewhere like climatecare. If you fly British Airways, you can even get them to do it for you as part of the ticket price.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 8/25/2006 12:32:00 PM

Good stuff indeed!
Take a look at
http://www.offsetmylife.com/
There's probably no end to how far we can go with this...

Posted by Guv : 8/25/2006 05:27:00 PM

I think all the money going into these conscience-soothing schemes to buy trees would be better spent going to into a large slush fund to bribe and lobby American and Chinese politicians.

Posted by Anthony : 8/26/2006 09:48:00 AM

Anthony,

nah, the means as well as the end is important... I think it would be a slippery slope.

PS ever seen the South park episode about the anti smoking-in-bars group??

Posted by Anonymous : 8/29/2006 11:29:00 AM

If you buy climatecare or other overseas carbon offsets, it doesn't help reduce New Zealand's Kyoto deficit - see http://www.climatechange.govt.nz/about/kyoto-provision.html

It does help if you buy offsets in New Zealand. Good on you Idiot for choosing to invest in restoration of New Zealand's fragile biodiversity.

Posted by Anonymous : 9/07/2006 08:24:00 PM