Carbon Neutral Britain™ - the UK's Carbon Offsetting Initiative – helping British Individuals and Businesses make an impact on Climate Change.
Our Vision is to become a leading Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Britain to tackle the Climate Change Crisis by educating and providing voluntary carbon offsetting to all - from individual subscriptions, charities and organisations - to businesses of all sizes.
Founded in 2020, due to overwhelming support the organisation has rapidly expanded, with our new headquarters based in Central London. So far our projects have already offset over 500,000 Tonnes of CO²e and planted over 3 million Trees, helping stop climate change and providing essential forest habitats for endangered wildlife.
Leading Britain's Response to the Climate Crisis
Based in Monument, London our rapidly expanding team are passionate about the climate crisis, and helping Britain make a difference.
Our Mission in 2021 is to become the largest organisation for Voluntary Carbon Offsetting of Individuals and Businesses across the UK.
Why Carbon Offsetting?
Increased Carbon Dioxide (CO²) emissions in the atmosphere are the biggest cause of Global Warming on our Planet. By planting trees and funding carbon offsetting projects, we remove and prevent further CO² emissions around the globe in the most cost effective and impactful way.
Educating Britain on Environmental Impact
We believe Carbon Offsetting is the answer to the climate crisis - as the cheapest and most effective way to make a difference globally.
Through our projects and offsetting initiatives our aim is to inspire and educate Britain to make a difference.
Why Carbon Neutral Britain™?
Carbon Neutral Britain™ was set up to allow all of Britain – not just businesses, to make an impact on climate change through carbon offsetting. Due to the complexity of regulations and offsetting initiatives, carbon offsetting has traditionally been focussed on businesses, and individuals often have struggled to find affordable and regulated ways to buy carbon offsetting credits – measured in Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent (CO²e).
Our core values lie in our Mission Statement, which outlines we will provide the:
- Best Value per Tonne of CO²e to our customers
- Biggest Impact on projects in Britain and around the world
- Most Transparency on where our money is spent
- Upmost Quality and Assurance on the methods and credits we use
As a large organisation buying credits in volume across different carbon markets around the world, we are able to purchase credits at a much lower rate than the average consumer – which allows us to charge such a low monthly cost to our customers. Focussing on projects in Britain, but also internationally allow us to get the best value as the costs of projects vary depending on the location, and offset type (tree planting, wind, solar etc).
The carbon offset ‘vintage’ is also a big factor to our successful impact. In some cases offsetting projects run for several years, with not all of their credits being bought each year – allowing small quantities of cheaper credits to be found and purchased.
Each month we purchase carbon credits based on the number of Tonnes of CO²e purchased from our individual and business customers – and as well as providing the best value, we select our carbon offsetting projects based on their direct and indirect impact around the world. In addition to ensuring the projects are either VCS, VER or CER certified, we looked to fund projects in the developing world that help provide education, employment, clean water, energy and a positive impact on the local wildlife and ecology.
We believe planting trees are one of the most sustainable ways to offset carbon - as forest projects absorb CO², refract the earths heat as well as having a positive impact on wildlife, ecology and biodiversity. As a result, we ensure a minimum of 20 trees per customer are planted each month for our subscribers.
At Carbon Neutral Britain™ – despite the significantly higher cost - we pledge to spend at least 10% of our budget on carbon offsetting or sustainable tree planting projects in Britain, for Britain. With woodland creation projects in Scotland, solar and wind projects in England, we ensure that our impact is felt at home as well as abroad.
In the UK – the average charity spends 75% of their budget on programmes, and 25% on all other costs. As leaders in Climate Action we have taken one step further.
80% of our subscription budget goes directly towards our tree planting and offsetting projects, and the remaining 10% goes to administrative costs, and 10% on fundraising and marketing – helping us grow the number of customers and our impact.
Trust and Transparency is a core value of our organisation, and as a result individual and business customers receive monthly updates on the exact projects funded. For those that want to take one step further - we will also be publishing our financial reports at the end of our financial year, to show our impact and how it has been spent each year.
All of our carbon offsetting projects are certified to the highest standards through the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), UK and EU Emissions Trading Standard (EU + UK ETS), Gold Standard Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER) and Certified Emission Reductions (CER) programmes.
As the four largest, and most regulated offsetting standards in the world - we do not select any project that is not regulated this way as this ensures all of the money spent goes directly to the offsetting initiatives supported. This also ensures the measurements, and tonnes of CO²e are accurate, and verified. We strongly recommend avoiding any offsetting projects that do not follow these standards.
To qualify for these standards, all projects go through a rigorous and public registration and issuance process, third party audit and are overseen by the CDM Executive Board (appointed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), ratified by the Kyoto Protocol. Regulated and verified, the international carbon credits that we use are the exact same credits as those used by multinational organisations, and even countries in their emission reduction schemes.
For our business customers, we ensure that our methods to quantify, monitor, report and verify greenhouse gas emissions within organisations is accurate and correct following the ISO (International Organisation for Standardization) 14064-1 and GHG Protocol Emissions Standards following the principles of relevance, completeness, consistency, transparency and accuracy.