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Carbon offsetting on travel – what rubbish

Carbon offsetting your travel, seems on paper quite a good idea until you realise, that after comparing several different schemes, that they cant even give you the same amount of C02 to offset.

It would be cheaper to go into the woods and plant a few acorns, every time you go away…

The truth

The basic idea behind carbon offsetting is that you pay to fund environmental projects – eg a wind farm – that neutralise carbon emissions caused by your travel by plane, for example.

Carbon offsetting isn’t a cure for climate change because you’re only taking out what you put in – so the net effect on the environment is zero.

Here is a typical example: London to Cyprus supposedly 0.69 tonnes of Co2 for the return journey, however if 2 of you are flying mysteriously it jumps to 1.39 tonnes of c02. Same plane same fuel burn…

The same details with a second company, same London to Cyprus, only now we produce 2 tonnes of C02 for 2 passengers.

So our flight to Cyprus and back for 2 passengers produced anywhere between 1.39 tonnes and 2 tonnes of C02, what a complete shambles…

However all this is a moot point, while China still pumps millions of tonnes of C02 from its coal fired factories and power stations in to the atmosphere..

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