The conference staff invites you to help ‘Green’ PantheaCon! You may purchase carbon credits to neutralize your PantheaCon carbon footprint.
‘Carbon credits’ are units of exchange that give a financial value to the cost of global warming-related air pollution. They also work as mini investments, funding such things as the removal of carbon from our atmosphere and the development of environmentally sustainable technologies. By purchasing carbon credits, a person essentially pays for the cost of their contribution to global warming, aka their ‘carbon footprint.’
We recommend that individuals donate $2 to $20 as they register, either with online payments at PayPal or at on-site registration.
PantheaCon has chosen the Carbonfund.org group to send your donations offsetting your footprints left in getting to this event. The following description is from the Carbonfund.org website – for much more information go to their website.
Carbonfund.org supports renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change. Carbonfund.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please join us today.
Carbonfund.org supports three types of carbon offset projects: renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation. Each type plays an important role in the fight against climate change. The projects Carbonfund.org supports meet the same high standards that thousands of companies, organizations, and governments rely on to ensure quality environmental protection.
- Renewable Energy – supports clean, renewable energy development.
- Energy Efficiency – reduces existing energy use, much of which comes from coal, oil, and natural gas.
- Reforestation – absorbs existing CO2 emissions, which helps to reduce the excess greenhouse gases that humans have added to the atmosphere.
The key criteria Carbonfund.org looks for in projects are:
- Real: The project must generate the expected carbon offsets and reductions.
- Surplus: It must be additional to any mandated or regulated offsets, reductions or green power requirements.
- Verifiable: It must be certified to ensure against double counting.
- Permanent: It must permanently reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
- Additional: And it must be above and beyond business as usual, as defined by each certification body.
Other key criteria include location, technology, price, market transformation potential, certification, etc.
Carbon Offset Standards
The hallmarks of quality carbon offsets are third-party certification standards, verification, and auditing. All Carbonfund.org offset projects are verified by a third party to the highest certification standards. This sort of review, coupled with an annual third-party audit of our finances and portfolio, ensure that our donors are supporting only high-quality, transparent carbon offset projects.
1. How exactly does the process work?
Nonprofit organizations with special experience in a particular field, such as reforestation, develop a certification standard in that field, usually after an extensive discussion period to solicit input from other leading organizations. The standard then lays out in detail what criteria a project needs to meet to ensure real, measurable, permanent, additional greenhouse gas reductions. Once the standard is established, a project developer can choose to have its project verified according to the standard. To do this, it hires a third party verifier to investigate whether their project satisfies all the standard’s criteria. The verifier submits its report for review by the certification body. The certification body reviews the report, and, if it meets the criteria, issues its seal of approval. The project is now certified.
2. Is certification the same thing as verification?
No. Certification refers to the standard itself. Verification refers to the process of determining whether a project meets that standard.
3. Does the certification process ensure that my donation results in “additional” greenhouse gas reductions?
Yes. Additionality refers to whether your donation really helps reduce more carbon dioxide emissions, or whether those reductions would have happened anyway. Each certification standard includes an objective set of criteria to ensure additionality.
4. Why are there so many different certification standards?
There are different standards for different types of project. The experts who know how to ensure a high-quality reforestation project are quite different from those who know how to ensure a high-quality wind project.
5. Is one certification standard better than another?
Experts from each of the certification standards never hesitate to say why their standard is the best. The truth is that the major certification standards out there agree on far more than they disagree. While some details may vary, there is broad-based agreement on what criteria need to be met to ensure a high-quality carbon offset project. We encourage you to read about the different standards below.