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Why Forest Credits

Every individual and business emits CO2 and other greenhouse gases by using energy at home, at the office or in factories, as well as using fuel for travelling and for transporting goods around the world. What can we do? We all have a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint as much as we possibly can. We can do this by using our water, gas and electricity more efficiently, reducing our car and plane use where possible or by simple daily changes such as reusing our shopping bags. Still, any activity in an oil-based economy is always going to emit CO2e, and it is impossible to reduce our carbon emissions to zero. This is where carbon offsetting comes in.

So why choose Forest Credits?

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1. Integrity

Rainforest Concern is an established not-for-profit organisation with over 20 years’ experience. Our long-standing partnerships with local organisations and communities are essential for the long-term success of our projects and ensure that deforestation is not simply displaced elsewhere.

2. Carbon expertise

Calculations are carried out by respected independent third parties: Ecometrica and Carbon Auditors. They are verified at regular intervals and include calculations of carbon stored in trees and the degree of deforestation threat. We adhere to the highest established standards.

3. Native forests

As well as being more effective at storing carbon than plantations, native forests and their biodiversity have taken millions of years to evolve. Plantations, especially non-native monocultures, can have significant negative social and ecological impacts when excluding local communities and destroying biodiversity.

4. This is more than just carbon

Projects are selected on the basis of their ecological importance and many are located in biological hotspots. These areas are under threat of deforestation and by protecting them we are protecting not only the carbon they contain, but also many threatened species and environmental services valuable to us all, as well as supporting local communities.

How we use your offsets

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1. Protection of forests and their biodiversity

Our projects are private reserves and without our active protection, these areas would be vulnerable to local threats, such as plantations, mining, or road building.

2. Expansion of areas protected from deforestation or degradation

We work with local landowners to prevent encroachment onto their forested lands, or making additional land purchases where no realistic alternative exists.

3. Promotion of sustainable livelihoods

Our projects are based on strong partnerships with local organisations, communities and landowners, which are key to their ongoing success and ensure that your offsets have a lasting environmental legacy.

Reduce then offset

We’d love you to offset your carbon emissions using Forest Credits, but we’d also like to urge you to reduce avoidable carbon emissions.

Visit the Energy Saving Trust for useful advice on cutting energy use. Or we have also compiled a few suggestions below. They are not comprehensive, but might generate ideas!

At work:

  • Look at your annual energy use to see where peaks occur - it may surprise you. If you have a blip in August from desk fans, could you open windows instead?
  • Can you reduce heat loss by draft stripping doors and windows, increasing insulation, or installing thermal blinds?
  • If you leave entrance doors open so your premises are welcoming, why not use a friendly sign as an alternative in winter?
  • Turn off radiators before opening windows.
  • Set your heating to 19°C and ask staff to wear an extra layer: shirts in February are a luxury!
  • Adopt a non-essential equipment off policy for nights and weekends.
  • Install PIRs (presence sensors) in little used rooms.
  • The office might be gloomy early in the morning, but do you need the lights on all day?
  • Do staff close blinds for privacy, then switch on the lights? Venetian blinds may be the answer.
  • Set a travel policy. To encourage use of public transport, some organisations put limits on mileage claims.
  • Consider video conferencing instead of travelling long distances to meetings - you may only need the first meeting face to face. And double up on meetings when travelling abroad.

At home:

  • Is that car trip always necessary? Try taking a bus, walk, cycle, or share your journey.
  • When replacing your car, choose a fuel-efficient secondhand one.
  • Can you reduce flights by holidaying in the UK? Or go to Europe rather than long haul? You won’t get jetlag, and will waste less time travelling.
  • Turn down your thermostat and wear an extra layer and slippers.
  • Reduce heat loss in your house by installing insulation, draft stripping doors and windows, and lagging pipework.
  • If replacing your heating system, buy an energy efficient one and put thermostatic values on all radiators.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when not in use.
  • When they die, replace white goods with A+ or better and switch bulbs to energy-saving equivalents.
  • Use a multi-layer steamer for cooking, so you only use one ring for all your vegetables.
  • When making a casserole in the oven, can you cook something else at the same time? A cake, or tomorrow’s supper?

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