The global target or scientific consensus at present is to aim to reduce our combined carbon emissions by 80 % by 2050. This reduction will avoid a temperature rise of more than 2 degrees Celsius, the smallest of offsetting activities will eventually prove to be important.
Carbon offsetting is a process of delivering/raising finance for essential renewable energy, forestry and resource conservation projects which generate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In order to ensure this finance delivers genuine results, the projects which are supported must be high quality and “additional” – (i.e they will not come to fruition without the need for carbon offsetting).
All potential carbon offsetting projects must follow a comprehensive set of validation procedures to demonstrate that they are generating emission reductions and they are also monitored on a regular basis by independent third parties that don’t have a vested interest otherwise.