What is Carbon Offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is the action of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to make up for emissions produced elsewhere. Achieving offsetting is possible through investing in offsetting projects that avoid or remove CO2 from the atmosphere in the Least Developed Countries (LDC).
Our Voluntary Carbon Offsetting Projects
Aither’s projects adhere strictly to internationally recognized standards, such as Verra, Gold Standard, or Plan Vivo. Aither follows a technical assessment to identify projects that are reducing or removing GHG emissions. Following such processes ensures we can precisely estimate the carbon reductions and constantly assess and monitor our project’s results. We guarantee buyers that the project they support creates measurable, certified, actual results and delivers long-term benefits. Additionally, we act as a counterparty for CO2 and plastic credit transactions worldwide.
Using different technologies makes every carbon offsetting project unique and sustainable. Some of these technologies are paving the way for carbon offsetting in the Least Developed Countries (LDC).
Families in least developed countries often cook using wood collected from forests and do so in closed spaces. Such activities emit a considerable amount of GHG and contribute to deforestation. Clean cookstoves are often simple devices made from metal or clay that use energy more efficiently. Thus, reducing consumption of non-renewable biomass fuels and, consequently, greenhouse gas emissions.
Producing biogas is obtained by fermentation of biomass in sealed digesters. Biomass consists of organic waste or manure from animals. In the least developing countries such as Senegal, India and many others, families use gas generated from small biogas facilities for cooking, thereby avoiding wood or charcoal and preventing the waste from rotting in the open air otherwise releasing methane.
Renewable biomass projects involve biomass from various sources such as coconut shells, sawdust, wood chips, bamboo or wood from sustainable sources. Using renewable biomass projects ensures no cutting of trees and no burning of fossil fuels, thus preventing GHG emissions.
Biochar projects involve producing charcoal from organic materials, which is then used as a soil amendment to sequester carbon, improve soil health, and reduce organic waste. Additionally, biochar projects can conserve water, improve air quality and support biodiversity.
Clean drinking water
To access clean drinkable water, more than millions of families must boil their fresh water over an open fire, causing carbon emissions and deforestation. These communities can avoid these emissions by using chemical or mechanical methods to clean the water or using wells.
Sunlight and heat cause plastic to release potent greenhouse gases. One way to clean oceans and prevent GHG emissions is to prevent plastic waste from entering the sea, thus indirectly protecting the environment.
Lower energy consumption means lower carbon emissions. Energy efficiency projects can make productions processes more energy efficient. Companies involved in such projects often shift to renewable energy sources to strengthen their positive impact on the environment.
To prevent global warming and secure future energy, technology such as solar panels is considered emissions-free. It is possible to calculate how many tons of GHG in the atmosphere are saved by solar energy projects using regional energy production methods.
To prevent global warming and secure future energy, renewable energy such as hydropower is considered emissions-free. It is possible to calculate how many tons of GHG in the atmosphere are saved by hydropower projects using regional energy production methods.
To prevent global warming and secure future energy, renewable energy such as wind energy is considered emissions-free. Using regional energy production methods, it is possible to calculate the amount of emissions that are saved by wind energy projects.
Forests are considered carbon reservoirs, home to many species, and an essential source of human livelihood. To combat climate change there are three possibilities to sustainable forestry, such as forestation and reforestation, sustainable forest management and financial incentives such as UN’s REDD+ program.