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Shifting into Neutral

shifting-into-neutralWe have been using vehicles, appliances and other things that produced greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxide, sulphur hexafluoride, hydroflurocarbons and perfluorocarbons. According to a research, Americans produced an average of 26.5 tons of greenhouse gases per individual per year. This is how much we are contributing to our environment. We are somehow unaware of the current status of our environment just until now.

The New Oxford English Dictionary chose “Carbon Neutral” as the 2012 Word of the Year. Carbon Neutral is also known the greenhouse gas neutral, though not all greenhouse gases are carbon-based. There are creative and inventive businesspersons who look at this situation as a chance to make use of their talents in business and at the same time be able to help alleviate the air pollution. Those 26.5 tons you are making a year can be reduced through investing on a carbon offset provider. Companies which offer this type of services will spend your cash in a windmill for instance, or an energy-efficient technology development. And there you go carbon neutral. It is a very simple strategy which everyone can take part of. What we can do is conserve as much energy as possible and give a portion of our earnings to programs who advocates on helping our environment.

But how sure are we that Carbon Offset can help lessen air pollution? The acting executive director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Bill Prindle stated that Carbon Offsets has motivated a real market for renewable energy. People investing for clean energy programs have been increasing through time. Companies or new providers encourage everyone to take a step in helping our environment. Despite its very simple approach, carbon offset markets are yet to be improved. According to Laura Kosloff the vice president of Trexler Climate Energy Services, Inc., carbon offset is in neophyte stage, wherein experimentation takes place. Basically, providers stand out as dealers and may conduct thorough validation and analysis with regards to the programs implemented. Kosloff is also looking forward to inviting outside benefactors to keep the program rolling and to be able to innovate more on the environmental aspect. Providers could somehow attain accomplishment further than the usual through clever business strategies. On the other hand, stability and measurability can be very hard to establish. Hence, the proprietorship concerns are quite vague. How can you be so sure that the program you invested in is solely sold to you? Greenhouse gases are not something tangible that you can be able to measure it when you are offsetting. There is a tendency to be dependent on the carbon offsets emanation, you better reflect on it before leaving the appliances turned on. Offset providers never fail to advise clients to reduce their consumption and offset what they cannot reduce. Conserving energy is dependent on the energy usage in the home and how serious the owners to conserve.

There are ways to go Carbon Neutral one is to decrease energy consumption and two is to go for carbon offset. Lessen your carbon before purchasing offsets. Observe your lifestyle—from the vehicle you own to the appliances and gadgets that you use. It is best to start from your home, try to see what you can conserve and include this to your routine. With regards to the appliances you owned, the electric companies may probably have ways to lessen consumption you might as well ask for their recommendation. After having gone through reduction of the energy consumption in your home, now proceed to the carbon offset. Choosing to ride a public transportation is certainly the most energy saving option. However, if we own a vehicle it is much preferred to drive our cars to feel more comfortable. This kind of situation are inescapable, hence, greenhouse secretions is also inescapable. This is the perfect time for you to search for a carbon offset provider. There are actually three types of offsets that you can choose upon or a combination of it can also work well. First is the RECs which means Renewable Energy Credits, this is also known as the “green tag”. To lessen the real greenhouse gas is not its tasks. The role of the RECs is to represent 1 mega-watt hour of renewable energy production. It can be done through wind farms, solar farms, biogas generators of Native

Second type is the Carbon Dioxide Offsets; these are sold by ton to sponsored projects. Some examples for these are reforestation or carbon sequestration, methane abatement and developing energy efficient technologies. Third type is what we call Cap-And-Trade, it is the same as “pooled carbon commodities” or “emissions trading scheme”. It occurs when a client obligate himself into decreasing the production of greenhouse gases at a specific target. In the event that the target is met, the client will be recognized through a certification from the company handling his project. Extra reductions can also be sold, whichever he prefers he will surely get a reward after accomplishing his target.

Companies that offer this kind of scheme is the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX); Kyoto signatories: Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), EU Emissions Scheme (ETS).

About the Author:

A senior writer and editor of The Green Guide and a father of 3 kids (1 girl and 2 boys). Rob's special interests include geography, enviroment study and hiking. Rob has traveled to over 100 places in 30 different countries in the past three years. His exotic and fun experiences will be talked in his new book which is going to be published soon.

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