Going Carbon Neutral is about reducing and offsetting the value of your personal carbon emissions. The idea is to minimise the size of your eco-footprint (the level of carbon pollution your lifestyle produces) in order to try to combat climate change.
Reducing means you seek to shrink your personal carbon emissions through a mix of avoidance and energy efficiency.
Offsetting means you pay companies to maintain carbon reduction projects worldwide and/or tree-planting programme, which will nullify your carbon emissions.
This is our pain-free guide to going Carbon Neutral.
To Reduce your emissions:
To Offset your emissions:
Many of the sites below have carbon calculators which will help you to work out the volume of your personal carbon emissions for the year, through energy consumption at home, through driving your car using petrol or diesel, or by aeroplane travel. They then calculate how many carbon reduction projects/trees will be needed to consume or soak up that carbon, and will charge you an appropriate amount of money to manage these projects.
The CarbonNeutral Company
Climate Care Ltd
Other interesting sites on the subject:
Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project
The Climate Group
Climatic Research Unit
The Hadley Centre
Low Carbon Britain
Mike Jackson Domestic Energy Assessments
Stop Climate Chaos Coalition
The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
The UK Climate Impact Programme
Woods Hole Research Center