It’s enormously important for us to mention that we cannot save the climate by solely compensating for CO2. A global restructuring of the economy is needed. We need to move away from fossil fuels and decarbonize our economy. Production and transport must use energy-saving processes. Also, our consumer behaviour should be fundamentally reconsidered.
Until all the above can be put into practice, compensation of CO2 is a crucial building block in climate protection. Without additionally compensating for unavoidable emissions, we will not be able to achieve the Paris climate targets. So only by combining the reduction and compensation of emissions we can combat the climate crisis.
Your entire monthly contribution is used to enable you to live a climate neutral life and offset the exact amount of CO2 you emit. No matter what we do - from monitoring our projects, supporting people on the ground, to paying our staff and building our website - everything is designed to make you climate neutral.
This climate neutrality is independently certified and continuously verified. Therefore, we make a promise that we stand by: Every ton of CO2 you offset with us will be reduced through our projects. We stand by this, not only because we are legally obligated to do so, but also because this is the philosophy of our mission.
Our projects have been selected alongside experts to achieve the greatest possible impact. Furthermore, there are a number of internationally recognized and reliable standards for climate protection projects. Our projects are regularly monitored by independent organizations such as the United Nations or the University of Natural Resources Vienna and awarded standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard or the CCBA Gold Standard. The exact amount of CO2 emissions actually saved is determined retrospectively.
If you want to take a look at our certification reports yourself, you can download them for each project on the respective project page.
Becoming climate neutral means bringing your carbon footprint to zero by reducing and offsetting your emissions. Sounds good. But why is it necessary?
To limit the temperature-rise to with a probability of 0,66 to 1.5 degrees and thus avert the climate crisis, each person must not emit more than an average of 0,7 tons of CO2 every year till 2100. (Röckström et al.) But here's the problem: even if you follow a vegan diet, never fly or drive a car, your CO2 footprint is around 3,2 tons per year. That's almost 5 times too much.
This is where carbon neutrality comes in. If you reduce your footprint and offset the remaining unavoidable emissions, your carbon footprint equals zero. Even the WWF and the EU know that this is the only way we have a chance to fight the climate crisis. Good thing TeamClimate has a solution.
Unfortunately, we don't have good news for you. It's so great if you show commitment to our planet and try to reduce your carbon footprint. But here's a quick explanation of why reducing and offsetting need to go hand in hand.
To limit the temperature-rise to with a probability of 0,66 to 1.5 degrees and thus avert the climate crisis, each person must not emit more than an average of 0,7 tons of CO2 every year till 2100. (Röckström et al.) But here's the problem: even if you follow a vegan diet, never fly or drive a car, your CO2 footprint is around 3,2 tons per year. That's almost 5 times too much. Some emissions are simply unavoidable. Consequently, only by offsetting and reducing our emissions, our CO2 footprint would be small enough to prevent the climate crisis.
Nevertheless, it is enormously important for us to mention that offsetting alone is not enough. As we said, reducing and offsetting must go hand in hand, you can't shake that. Our philosophy: measure, reduce and offset unavoidable emissions. We're extemely proud to have developed a climate algorithm that helps you reduce CO2 in everyday life.
More than 6 years ago we started a project at school. We were driven by the idea to help people reduce their carbon footprint. And here we are: TeamClimate is not just a website, but a community that acts today for tomorrow and solves the biggest problem of mankind - the climate crisis.
We are looking forward to you becoming part of our story. Christoph & Karim, Founders