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Carbon offset

A system intended to equalize carbon production around the globe by trading greenhouse gas emissions—typically produced through fossil-fuel consumption—for environmentally friendly actions, such as planting trees and using clean energy sources. For example, a factory or production facility may not be able to reduce its own carbon footprint any further through its own actions, so it may voluntarily purchase credits for another party to offset their actions. The goal of carbon offsets is to attain a carbon-neutral overall effect.
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Cerulean will purchase carbon offsets for 100 percent of its entire fleet's flights for one year, which will offset the estimated amount of carbon dioxide emissions that Cerulean Jet's premier fleet creates for every mile of travel during one year of operation.
Green Mountain Energy Company, a provider of carbon offset products, and Whole Foods Market are teaming up on a new carbon-reduction initiative, The Whole Earth Weigh-In: 30 Ways in 30 Days.
In addition travellers will also have the option of selecting which kind of programme they would like their carbon offsets to benefit.
"Green Mountain was selected for the PLENTY 20 because of the company's leadership efforts in supporting the development of new renewable facilities and introducing innovative products like BeGreen Carbon Offsets," said Mark Spellun, editor of PLENTY Magazine.
Energy Curtailment Specialists Inc., the largest demand response provider in the United States, is now carbon neutral following the purchase of BeGreen Carbon Offsets from Green Mountain Energy Company that counterbalance 100 percent of ECS' carbon emissions footprint.
EcoSecurities, which sources, develops and trades carbon offsets, has acquired Trexler Climate + Energy Services Inc., a climate change risk management company that specializes in mitigation policies, technologies, and projects.