Offsetting makes it possible to lower the CO2 emissions of your organization through reducing CO2 emissions elsewhere or preventing them entirely. You prevent CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. By offsetting via the Climate Neutral Group, you invest in sustainable energy projects that reduce CO2 emissions by the same amount in developing countries.
How do we work?
You have determined your CO2 footprint and would like to reduce your current CO2 emissions in the near future. By offsetting the emissions immediately, your organization’s contribution to the greenhouse effect is neutralized. Then you can get to work on your chosen reduction measures to start reaching your reduction goal. With these measures, you can achieve a substantial saving in your CO2 emissions, and usually also in costs. To become 100% climate neutral, you can offset the remaining emissions.
What can you do with the results?
Through offsetting, you are immediately a climate neutral organization. This is not only good for your image, internal commitment and climate ambitions, but you also contribute to making the lives of families in developing countries better. The energy projects not only reduce CO2 emissions, but also provide employment, improve health and stimulate the local economy. After implementing all of the reduction measures and offsetting what is left over, you are climate neutral. And of course you can tell everyone about it.
Our projects distinguish themselves in two ways:
- The projects comply with the highest international standards – VCS and Gold Standard – and are verified and inspected by independent bodies.
- The projects that we select always contribute to improving the lives of the local population and developing the region. Click here for an overview of our climate projects. Our Gold Standard projects are supported by the WWF.
PGGM offsets the CO2 emissions of its booked flights via a special Gold Standard project: Efficient wood stoves in Kenya.
What PPGM says about offsetting
“There are a lot of advantages of these stoves. In the first place, you need less wood to produce warmth. The people, mostly mothers and their children, no longer have to spend a great part of the day looking for wood, but get time for themselves so they can go to school. Then there is the health aspect. These stoves are much cleaner with regards to emissions. As a result of cooking in the conventional way on an open fire, death through lung disease is now the fourth most common cause of mortality in developing countries. Four million people die annually. As PGGM is the investment manager for the Health and Welfare pension fund, this was a very logical choice for us. Health and sustainability are core values for us.”
Cooperation and Sustainability Manager – PGGM