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Offset your carbon emissions

With us, you can offset your carbon emissions in a sustainable and impactful way – by planting trees. We help you to calculate and offset your carbon footprint. The amount of carbon you have offset is stated on a personal certificate.

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Your total carbon emissions

With our calculator you can easily determine your annual carbon emissions. You can offset these emissions with us. In addition, the tool provides insight into how you can reduce your carbon emissions.

Offset your total carbon emissions
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Flying and carbon emissions

For a better climate, it’s best to travel by plane as little as possible. If you did fly to a destination, you can offset the carbon emissions of the flight(s) you took.

Offset your air travel
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Driving and carbon emissions

Car rides are a source of carbon emissions. Choose sustainable transportation for this reason and leave the car at home more often. You can offset the emissions you’re not able to avoid yet with Trees for All.

Offset your car rides
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Energy consumption and carbon emissions

Are you mindful of your energy and gas use already? If so, good job! As an extra measure, you can offset the remaining carbon emissions on an annual or monthly basis.

Offset your energy consumption
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Purchases and carbon emissions

From clothes to household items: our purchases are a source of carbon emissions. So, buy only the necessary items and compensate the carbon emissions of your purchases.

Offset your purchases

Offset your carbon emissions now

Have you already calculated your carbon emissions? You can start offseting your emissions immediately via our certified forestry projects.

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Reduce first, offset carbon later

Driving, turning on central heating or cooking dinner: almost all our (daily) activities create CO2 emissions. Much more than the earth can absorb. As a result, temperatures are rising and the climate is changing. That’s why it’s important that we drastically reduce our carbon emissions. Flying less often, driving less often, eating less meat and purchasing fewer new items: all of these behaviours help to reduce our carbon emissions.

Through Trees for All, you can offset the CO2 emissions you are not (yet) able to avoid. But our motto remains: reduce first, offset later. We view carbon offset as a tool to speed up the transition towards a climate friendly world, not as an end goal. If that were the case, you might think that, thanks to carbon offset, you could continue to emit the same amount of CO2 as you do now. And that doesn’t help the climate.

Our perspective on carbon offset

Why should I offset carbon emissions through Trees for All?

  • Our carbon offset projects lead to broad impact. The trees we plant not only store CO2, but also provide more biodiversity and job opportunities for the local population.

  • Our compensation projects are certified by Plan Vivo. This is a renowned, international standard for carbon offset. Plan Vivo monitors the quality and the impact of our projects. Plan Vivo also guarantees that the carbon emissions that you compensate are actually stored by trees.

  • We’ve got almost 25 years of experience with the sustainable planting of trees and forests worldwide.

  • Trees for All is a non-profit organisation. So, our goal is not to make profits, but to make as much impact with our projects for a world with lots of forests. And with your donation, you’re able to contribute to our goal.

How does carbon capture by trees work?

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What happens to your carbon offset donation?

Do you choose to offset carbon with Trees for All? We use your donation for our certified reforestation projects abroad. In Bolivia for example, we support local farmers with the transition towards sustainable agriculture. Farmers receive training to plant new indigenous forest on their land, in combination with crops such as coffee and cocoa. As a result, farmers are able to sell the products on local markets which provides a higher income and leads to an improvement of living conditions. The trees store CO2 and attract various species of plants and animals. That’s how we boost biodiversity. Good for the climate, nature and people themselves!

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Plan Vivo certified projects

Our CO2 projects are certified by Plan Vivo, which is the international standard for carbon offset that focuses on local communities. Projects with a Plan Vivo certification guarantee carbon sequestration. But these projects also contribute to better living conditions, sustainable land management and the conservation of biodiversity. Several independent checks are carried out to prove that your carbon emissions have actually been captured.

Plan Vivo has existed since 1994. The oldest carbon offset project is the AMBIO project in Mexico. Local villagers receive support via this project to plant new forests. Trees for All supports this project too. As a donor, you can offset your carbon emissions in Mexico. We use these donations to engage the local community even more and improve their living conditions, the climate and biodiversity further.

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Strict demands for carbon offset projects

A project does not just receive a Plan Vivo certification. There is an extensive start-up phase, consisting of the Project Development Plan (PPD). This is a crucial part of the process. This plan gives a detailed account of how the project will be executed, what the desired results are and how potential risks will be managed.

Plan Vivo approves projects based on the PDD. Furthermore, projects are thoroughly tested based on a list of indicators. Think of demands relating to social security, land rights, legal matters and biodiversity. Plan Vivo also makes sure that a large part of the carbon proceeds actually end up with the involved communities in e.g. Bolivia en Mexico.

How does carbon certification work?

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Frequently asked questions

What is carbon offsetting?

For the carbon emissions you cause, carbon is removed from the air somewhere else, or less carbon is emitted. This compensates for your carbon emissions. So it’s like a sort of carbon bookkeeping. There are various ways to offset your carbon emissions.

How does carbon offsetting through Trees for All work?

Offsetting through Trees for All means that you’ve offset your carbon emissions through carbon credits. We call it certified offsetting. All our reforestation and agroforestry projects for carbon offsetting are certified. We work with Plan Vivo, an international standard for carbon offsetting that focuses on local communities, guaranteeing not only carbon sequestration, but also improved living conditions, sustainable land management and conservation of biodiversity. Various independent assessments verify that your carbon emissions are actually sequestered and that this impact is realised.

Does carbon offsetting make any difference?

We need to drastically reduce our carbon emissions, so every contribution – whether mandatory or voluntary – is extremely important. However, offsetting shouldn’t be a goal in itself: it’s rather a means to making a transition. So the focus should be on carbon reduction.

If you offset through the right projects, it benefits the climate, nature and people. We see carbon offsetting as a good way of realising impactful projects for which there would otherwise be no funding. We plant more trees, we provide employment for the local population and give them training in sustainable land use. And this means that existing forests can be better restored and protected.

But there are also disadvantages. We might think that carbon offsetting allows us just to carry on as we are. In that case, offsetting can legitimise the idea that there’s no need for change. And that, of course, can never be the intention. So everyone has to reflect on what they can do personally to maintain a green and healthy planet.

It’s also risky to focus solely on climate compensation. Increasingly often, we see large-scale planting of monocultures, whereby the emphasis is on tree species that sequester as much carbon as possible. In our view, this is not a good development. Together, we need to focus on maintaining and restoring natural ecosystems and to take a good look at what’s necessary to achieve that. Planting the wrong type of tree in the wrong place for the wrong reason can do more harm than good.

How much CO2 does a tree absorb?

Lots of people want to know how exactly much CO2 is offset by planting trees. However, this apparently simple question is not so easy to answer, as carbon sequestration is calculated on the basis of surface area (hectares) and growth years, and depends on many factors, such as the type of tree, the climate and the type of soil. It’s a process of many years, in which the forest develops from a crowded forest of lots of young trees to an open forest of mature, tall trees. So eventually, there are far fewer trees than the number initially planted. Furthermore, a newly planted tree stores relatively little carbon in the beginning. The amount of carbon stored increases as the tree ages, then levels off again at the end of the tree’s lifespan.Trees for All has many different projects all over the world, so it’s difficult to give an average. In the Netherlands, we work with the figures from WUR and Probos. In our projects abroad, there’s a big difference between whether you’re restoring rainforest or planting trees in very arid areas. For each project, we give an indication, and we are also planning to get a detailed calculation made for all non-certified projects.

What is the value of a carbon credit?

One carbon credit is equivalent to the sequestration of 1 ton of carbon emissions. A credit can only be issued once, so can only be used once for carbon offsetting. Who has received which credits is recorded in a credit register, in order to avoid counting a credit twice.

Projects cannot automatically issue carbon credits, as they first have to meet a great many requirements. At the start of a project, project owners have to submit a detailed proposal to a certification standard. This standard then decides whether the project meets all the criteria. The expected carbon sequestration (above ground and underground in the roots) is determined, as is the impact on biodiversity and the living conditions of the local population. The actual carbon sequestration is then verified every 3 to 5 years by an external auditor. It is a robust system that sets high standards for project organisations that wish to become eligible for the issue of carbon credits.

How can I offset my carbon emissions?

You can ensure that carbon emissions are removed from the atmosphere by planting trees, for example, or through underground storage. Or you can ensure that the carbon emissions somewhere are reduced or avoided. For example, there are sustainable energy projects or energy-efficient cookers that need less wood for cooking. But forest protection comes into the last category as well; the reasoning being that if the forest is not felled, then carbon emissions are avoided.

What is the difference between CO2 offset and donating for trees?

Trees for All supports various forest projects worldwide. CO2 offset is only possible through our projects that are certified by Plan Vivo. This international, renowned standard guarantees that the right amount of CO2 is in fact sequestered by trees. As proof, CO2 credits are generated.

Our non-certified tree planting projects also capture and store CO2. For these projects, we can estimate the amount of CO2 storage, but you cannot use these projects to offset your CO2 emissions.

We consciously choose to support both certified and non-certified projects. We do this because we want our impact to be broad. For us, planting trees is not only about CO2 sequestration, but also about increasing biodiversity and creating healthy living conditions. Some types of projects capture more CO2 and are more suitable for certification than other projects (which are more focused on the restoration of nature, for example).

So, donating for trees or for CO2 credits are two different ways to realise the planting and management of forests. In both cases, you contribute to CO2 sequestration, more biodiversity and better living conditions for the local community. In this article we explain the difference further.