Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How to Off-Set Your Carbon Emissions; Sponsored by Environment Agency

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

How to Off-Set Your Carbon Emissions; Sponsored by Environment Agency

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THE Green Doc returns this week to answer a question from S. Sharp, of Wideopen, Newcastle: "I've heard about carbon neutral schemes where you pay money to plant trees etc to make up for damage you do to the environment by going on holiday or other trips. It sounds a good idea but a friend told me she saw a programme that said it was all a bit of con. What's your advice?"

Our Green Doc, Prof Paul Younger, replies: "The notion of paying for activities that reduce the carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere (either by removing it or preventing its release) is generally known as "off-setting".

"Now off-setting has its place, but it really should be the last thing you do after you've done your best to reduce carbon emissions in every other sphere of your life. For instance, if you switched from commuting to the city centre by car to taking the Metro (powered by green hydroelectric power), you'd save far more carbon dioxide in a year than your holiday would be likely to generate. …

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