Sunday, July 31, 2005

Climate Restorative

Individuals and business can reduce emissions causing climate change in a variety of ways:
  • Reduce own emissions, e.g. by purchasing efficient equipment or a different mode of travel
  • Reducing other's emissions, e.g. by sponsoring/promoting efficient equipment, renewable technology or developing a new energy technology
  • Offsetting remaining emissions through purchasing carbon or green power certificates (it largely depends on the design & strength of the legislative framework for green power or carbon trading whether this really reduces emissions or just increases costs).
Using above mechanisms, one can achieve 'climate neutrality', i.e. to have no net emissions from activities. For an organisation that provide certification for businesses in this area, visit the Climate Neutral Network.
One step beyond is to go 'Climate Restorative', a term recently coined in the climate context, but not yet used frequently. For example, at a recent education conference in North Carolina, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) were distributed freely, as well as sold at wholesale price to offset emissions resulting from the conference. Travel of participants added 18 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, but each CFL distribution saves approximately 250 kg CO2 over its lifetime. In this case, the CFL distribution more than offset emissions, making the conference 'climate restorative' (see >> - page 2)

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