1. How does carbon offset tackle climate change?

Carbon offset should never be the first response to climate change. We all have a responsibility to measure our carbon footprint and reduce it as best we can. However this will always leave us with some kind of footprint. That’s why offsetting plays a vital role.

After reducing your carbon footprint to a sensible level, carbon offsetting creates funding for projects which reduce emissions even further elsewhere. Because emissions disperse throughout the atmosphere, your net carbon footprint becomes smaller even if the offset happens somewhere else.

Clear offsets through carbon reduction projects in the developing world for three reasons.  Firstly it helps those who are least able to help themselves.  Secondly it achieves the most reduction for the money you spend.  And lastly the first world is responsible for most global warming anyway, so we feel it is fairer to invest in the developing world given the moral perspective.

2. What makes Clear different?

Clear uses the most accurate carbon calculators available on the web, and our our offsets are the highest quality available, such as CERs and Gold Standard VERs.  Our free downloadable Carbon Audit Tool is approved by the Quality Assurance Standard for Carbon Offsetting.

Clear is extremely efficient, with no wage bill, and carefully minimised overheads.

We are the only offset company to offer offsets for motorcycles, scooters, commuting and skydiving.

3. How do we know that we actually get what we pay for?

Clear offsets your emissions through high quality carbon reduction projects such as Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs) verified by the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.

These are retired through a central registry within 12 months which prevents them from being resold or double-counted.  We buy in bulk to get a good price, and pass that discount on to our customers.

All the carbon offsets we sell, including our free downloadable Carbon Audit Tool, are certified by the Quality Assurance Standard for Carbon Offsetting.

4. Why don’t you plant trees to stop climate change?

Planting trees may be a nice thing to do, but it isn’t a good way to offset carbon. In fact Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund issued a joint statement in 2006 pointing this out. Trees do absorb CO2 from the atmosphere, but it takes decades for offsets to happen, and if the tree dies and rots, or worse is burnt, the same amount of CO2 is released straight back into the atmosphere.

5. Why are you more expensive than some other offsetters?

Actually, we’re not.  Many offset companies use lower grade carbon offsets.  For example, many are not independently audited, or use trees (not a good idea).  They are cheaper, but they don’t measure up to the standards proposed by the Quality Assurance Standard.

Clear is one of the very cheapest carbon offsetters for high quality carbon reduction projects.  We achieve this by continuously striving to reduce our overheads to maximise our efficiency.  So actually we’re not expensive, we represent very good value.

6. Do I have to live in a particular country to use the site?

No!  You can buy our offsets online from any country and choose from several major international currencies. Everyone is free to offset with Clear.

7. Why are you not a charity?

Because we are not asking our customers to donate to a worthwhile cause.  We do not believe that charitable status would make us either more efficient or more accountable, which is ultimately what we strive for.

Instead Clear is structured as a private company. We believe that this is the best way to deliver a cost-effective, high-quality service, exert the greatest influence, and ultimately deliver the most sustainable response to climate change.

8. How do you calculate how much CO2 I produce?

We have developed highly accurate mathematical tools and broken down your footprint into the contribution made from each source, so you can see what’s really going on. More detail is available here for the enthusiasts.

9. I’ve offset my carbon with Clear, can I use the Clear Carbon Neutral Activity Logo on my website?

The permission for use of Clear’s Certification Marks is conditional on:

1. Completing and paying for the offset product(s) provided by Clear and covering, in full, the time period over which the permission for use is sought.

2. Following Environmental Claims Guidance to make sure communications are compliant with current best practice.

3. Permission from Clear in advance.

4. Usage in one of two contexts:

A. On specific internet pages whose primary purpose is to clearly and accurately describe specific activities and timelines offset using Clear products. The Mark must link to https://clear-offset.com. Information clearly describing the following must be provided directly adjacent to the mark:

• nature of activities offset
• time period offsets relate to
• steps taken to reduce first, OR

B. On internet pages or emails which link to a page complying with context A above.

5. All Clear certification marks must link to either:

• https://clear-offset.com OR
• A page on your site complying with Context A.

6. The Clear Certification Mark must always have space around it to ensure clarity and standout. The ’C’ from the Clear logo defines this spacing area. This is a minimum, use more space where possible. We need to make sure the Clear Certification Mark is always legible. The minimum size for the Certification Mark is 100 pixels wide. Avoid complicated or busy backgrounds.

7. Use of our html code snippets linking to the correct graphic files on our servers. We will provide this when permission is granted. Please contact us for further details.

10. What about carbon offsets for skydiving?

Clear is the only company in the world to provide accurate carbon calculation and Quality Assurance Standard for Carbon Offsetting compliant carbon offsets for skydiving and parachute jumps.

We can offset multiple jumps at very reasonable prices – check out our skydiving offset.

11. What is a CER?

Clear offsets your emissions by buying and retiring high quality certificates such as Certified Emissions Reductions (CERs). So what is a CER you might ask? A CER is a certificate which is issued every time the United Nations prevents one tonne of CO2 equivalent being emitted through carbon projects registered with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). CDM Projects include for example replacing coal fired electricity with clean technology, or methane capture from landfill sites. The CDM ensures that each carbon project would not have happened anyway (additionality), and independently establishes a baseline estimating the future emissions in the absence of each project (more info). Once a project is registered and implemented, the CDM issues just enough CERs to cover the monitored difference between the baseline and the actual emissions.

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