What are carbon offsets?
A carbon credit (or offset credit) is a unit of measurement corresponding to one metric tonne of CO2 equivalent. This unit of measurement is used to quantify in tonnes of CO2 the climate benefit of investments made in renewable energy, energy efficiency or reforestation projects that contribute to reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) present in the atmosphere.
However, it should be noted that not all carbon credits are created equal. Several organizations offer so-called credits that do not actually contribute to climate protection to the extent they claim. That’s why Planetair only invests in Gold Standard-certified offset projects, the most stringent standard for offset credits. Gold Standard credits ensure that your financial contribution leads to a real reduction of your climate impact. A Gold Standard carbon credit represents one tonne of CO2 removed from the atmosphere.
The Gold Standard certification ensures that the credits are: real, measurable, unique, verified by an independent third party, permanent and additional. A public registry allows the traceability of carbon credits through a unique serial number.
The David Suzuki Foundation and the Pembina Institute have prepared a guide to help consumers and businesses alike see more clearly about the quality of carbon credits.
Gold Standard Credits
The carbon credits offered by Planetair are Gold Standard certified. Gold Standard carbon credits are the best credits for the voluntary offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions. This standard assures you that your financial contribution leads to a real reduction of your climate impact. It also requires that certified projects contribute to the achievement of at least three of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN.
The Gold Standard Foundation certification is awarded only after validation and verification of a project by an authorized independent third party. The Gold Standard certification was established jointly by WWF International and receives the support of more than 80 NGOs including that of the David Suzuki Foundation, Greenpeace and the Pembina Institute.
External auditors recognized by the United Nations rigorously assess the quality of all Gold Standard projects.