For several years, carbon offsetting has sold the idea that our bad actions (emissions) can be redeemed by purchasing good actions (cheap carbon credits). But nothing will ever replace the indispensable reduction in our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, that each of us needs to take the measure of.
Moreover, there is nothing more obscure than a carbon credit from a forestry project. CO2 sequestering takes place over several decades, as long as the tree grows, and not when the carbon credit is purchased. What’s more, there is no absolute guarantee that the carbon (in the tree) will stay stored, given that forests are liable to climatic hazards (storms, global warming…), fires, illnesses or deforestation due to human activity.
These calculators have been created to try to raise awareness of the carbon impact of our different activities, and should be used to help reduce your carbon emissions.
Once you have calculated your footprint, we would invite you to support the forest and its fundamental role in carbon sequestration. However we would like to point out that nature is more complicated than a simple equation, and the first step should always be to reduce emissions.