Carbon Credits – Their Importance and Impact on Your Business
For several posts we have discussed carbon neutrality. What it is, its importance and impact on the current energy market, and why it should be a major concern for your business.
In our last post, we discussed how carbon credits can alleviate this concern, giving your business tools to help sustain your profitability for the long term.
We also explained what carbon credits are and exactly how they are created. In this post, we will get more into the “nuts and bolts” of purchasing carbon credits.
Start with a Personal Business Valuation
Before purchasing carbon credits, you need to begin with a personal business valuation. This is probably the most important part of the purchasing process. Why? To ensure that you have an accurate picture of the amount of carbon emissions your business needs to offset.
For example, every fuel distributor knows they have carbon emissions based on the amount of fuel they sell and/or deliver to customers. However, there are carbon emissions from your business operations that need to be considered as well.
Twin Feathers will review a client’s annual carbon footprint in order to establish a base amount of carbon that must be offset. Once this has been established, it is possible to look at carbon credits.
Options for Purchasing Carbon Credits
There are multiple options for purchasing carbon credits but we will group them into two general categories.
First, there is the ability to purchase a general contract. As an example, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) created futures contracts based off the Nature-based Global Emissions Offset (NGEO). This is classified as a general contract because any global project that meets NGEO specifications could be used to deliver a carbon credit to an owner of this contract.
Specific Certified Project
Our second general category involves purchasing credits from a specific certified project. These carbon credits could be from a project anywhere in the globe, and these credits could also have a wide variance in value.
Both categories- general and specific – are available to purchase to help your company achieve carbon neutrality.
Once you make the choice of which category to purchase, what happens next? Check out our next blog for the answer to that question. Contact your Twin Feathers team for expert advice about purchasing carbon credits.
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