How can we immediately become net carbon neutral as individuals?

Steps

1. Download the AWorld App on your mobile and learn how to live more sustainably

2. Calculate your carbon footprint, learn how to reduce your emissions of CO2 and carbon offset your residual emissions (i.e. reduction or removal of emissions of carbon dioxide by planting forests (removal of CO2) or implementing energy efficiency projects (reduction of emissions of CO2) in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere)

Carbon offsetting options

a. Calculate your carbon footprint and then carbon offset your emissions by using the calculators available on the websites of carbon offsetting companies (such as LifeGate, Gold Standard, SouthPole); then purchase the relevant amount of carbon credits to compensate your emissions (1 carbon credit = 1 ton CO2e).

b. As an alternative, you can carbon offset your emissions (calculated on a forfeit basis of 10 tons of CO2 per year based on the averaged emissions of an average European citizen) by paying an annual forfeit amount of €200 to the SOS Planet foundation. N.B. The agreement with the carbon offsetting company is in progress.

We will use €150 to carbon offset the emissions on your behalf through a carbon offsetting company for a minimum of one year and to cover administrative costs (eg. issue of carbon offsetting certificates by the company); the residual €50 will be a donation to the Foundation which we will use to cover the administrative costs of this operation.


Reduce your emissions – Some tips:
  • Switch to renewable energy sources for heating and cooling our homes
  • Switch heating and air conditioning on only when necessary

Make our house energy efficient:

  • Seal all windows
  • Turn off unnecessary water
  • Replace incandescent bulbs
  • Unplug unused charges

  • Switch to electric vehicles and car sharing
  • Use more public transport
  • Walk and cycle more
  • Avoid air travel on short-distance haul
  • Eat less meat and dairy products
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Shop organic & seasonal
  • Buy local products
  • Reduce, Reuse & Recycle more
  • Buy only if necessary ( food, clothing, etc.)
  • Avoid plastic bottles and bags – use canvas bags and water bottles instead