Offsetting 2015 Travels. Go Climate Neutral Now!

Received a “Reminder: Invitation to Offset Your COP 21 Travel” email from the UNFCCC Secretariat,  using UN-certified emissions reductions through its new Climate Neutral Now initiative.

So I used this travel footprint calculator and got the corresponding amount of emissions reductions at Offset.ClimateNeutralNow.org.

Seeing how cheap it was, I was like.. what the heck, might as well use this for my entire 2015 travels.

2015

London to Singapore

Note: Add extra for train from London to Oxford (roughly 100km, 15kgco2), train from London to Brighton (roughly 100km, 15kgco2), train from Paris to London (roughly 500km, 75kgco2)
(*using arbitrary 100km = 15kg C02)

Singapore to Paris

Note: Add extra for ferry Batam to Singapore (roughly 60km, 9kgco2), ferry Singapore to Batam  (roughly 60km, 9kgco2).

Note: Add extra for coach Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (roughly 350km, 52.5kgco2), coach Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (roughly 350km, 52.5kgco2).

Kuala Lumpur to Singapore

Note: Add extra bus from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (roughly 350km, 52.5kgco2).

Singapore to Kuala Lumpur return

Singapore to Yango return

Note: Add extra 8+9+14+8+15+4= 58 trips of 20km for SG<->JB trips = 1160km=174kgco2.

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Grand total= 2357.33kg (2.3 tonnes) co2 for 2015 travels.

and then i thought about 2014-2012 travels.

and then i gave up counting my co2 emissions.

so i went back to https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/ and supported projects under agriculture, biomass energy, transport and waste handling because the snippets showed community/ social elements in it.

total offset 43.7USD 13 tonnes

total spent= 43.7USD to offset 13 tonnes of co2. (13 tonnes in my head is enough to cover 4 years worth of travelling for me). (ok ok i was focused on the travel bit. im pretty sure my co2 emissions over the last 4 years is way more than that).

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for FAQs on Purchasing certified emission reductions (CERs) for cancellation, click here.

for FAQs on Climate Neutrality check out, click here.

im still learning too.

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this activity got me thinking

  • how do i justify all these needs for travelling
  • can i be more focused this year onwards and travel only when i need to
  • why is purchasing CERs on CNW so cheap? ( i remember Cuifen using another website and she paid more than 100 bucks to support 1 project).
  • am i using this as a convenient excuse to emit more co2??
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