Is it possible to be Carbon Neutral?

To be carbon neutral, an individual or business must release no net carbon into the atmosphere. A neutral status is at present nearly impossible to attain through reductions or switching to a renewable energy supply, because the economy as a whole would have to be carbon neutral too.

Offset Emissions to Achieve Carbon Neutral Status

A carbon neutral state can be achieved by balancing the amount of carbon released with an amount of carbon sequestered or offset. In this way, the carbon is compensated for, or neutralized. Carbon offsetting becomes carbon neutral when 100% of the carbon dioxide emitted is removed or sequestered, by investing in reforestation, renewable energy solutions, or GHG capture technologies to successfully prevent future greenhouse gas emissions. To support carbon projects, carbon credits are bought. They are created by carbon projects or sold on a carbon trading market and are retired from future use once bought.

Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

To find the footprint of an organization, dcarbon8 measures the carbon footprint of its operations and products, including direct emissions like travel and indirect emissions, such as those incurred by paper use.

Achieving carbon neutral status usually involves, in conjunction with offsetting, efforts at energy conservation and switching to green energy suppliers. Carbon reduction strategies such as minimizing waste, paper use and travel in carbon-intensive vehicles are also outlined. In addition to carbon reduction strategies, following the Planet Positive Protocol, dcarbon8 offsets the carbon footprint of an individual, business, or product by 110%.

Because carbon neutral is no longer sufficient, we go beyond neutral to carbon negative.