Temando recognises that climate change is an important issue. From inception, we introduced a carbon-offsetting scheme to help neutralise the carbon footprint of shipping customer’s products. We work with the Gaia Partnership to ensure complete visibility and 3rd party assurance of this important program.
By including the offsetting option at the checkout, customers can choose to negate the carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere from the process of shipping their order. If selected, the amount of carbon is automatically calculated and the offset fee added to their shipping cost, usually well under $1, which is invested in projects that remove or prevent greenhouse gas emissions.
But where does the money go? Funds raised by customers through the Temando platform go directly to protecting Tasmania’s valuable native forests. This project involves the protection of large tracts of privately owned land in the Tasmanian Central Highland. The land is degraded native forest which has been logged in the past and, in the absence of carbon revenue, would continue to be either logged or cleared for agriculture in the future.
What is a Carbon Credit?
Carbon credits are like certificates that represent a reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Projects that prevent the generation of greenhouse gases or remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere earn these credits, which can in turn then be "sold" to other businesses and individuals to "offset" the emissions they generate. One carbon credit is the equivalent to a saving of one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2).
The funds received from the sale of carbon credits essentially balance out the higher cost of renewable energy production and sustainable resource use, making these projects cost-effective. Climate Friendly supplies only the highest quality carbon offset credits, accredited under the most stringent international standards. These carbon credits are typically earned by projects which use renewable energy sources – such as wind, solar, hydro or renewable biomass – instead of fossil fuels, to generate electricity and/or heat. Other common types of project include using energy-efficient technologies to reduce fuel consumption, capturing methane from household or agricultural waste and using it for energy, and preventing deforestation.