What is the Carbon Footprint and how can it be offset?

The carbon footprint is an environmental indicator that reflects the amount of Greenhouse Gases generated, which contribute significantly to global warming, and are produced by a person, a group, an organization, a company or even a product or service.

Knowing the carbon footprint of companies or people has been essential to use measures such as the Paris Agreement, which was established in 2016 and was developed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in order to intensify actions and investments to reduce GHG emissions globally.

Among the greenhouse gases, the one that has the most significant impact is carbon dioxide (CO2), since it remains in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and even longer in the oceans. CO2 is the main responsible for the carbon footprint. Their emissions must be reduced or offset, to mitigate the effects that climate change is having.

How to compensate?

There are different ways to reduce or offset the carbon footprint; For example, through changing habits such as walking or using the bicycle as a means of transport, reducing energy consumption and opting for the generation of products and services that have a minimum environmental impact, are some of the options for companies or people who seek to contribute to a better planet.

However, in addition to reducing the carbon footprint, it can also be offset. Compensation has become another alternative to mitigate the effects of climate change. One way to offset the carbon footprint is through nature-based solutions for CO2 capture.

Currently, Colombia has a diversity of conservation projects that mitigate the effects of climate change with the monitoring and protection of forests. These projects, mostly developed under the REDD + methodology (Reduction of Emissions generated by Deforestation and Forest Degradation), seek to reduce the impact of climate change, support the development of local economies, and promote the improvement of the quality of life of communities in protected territories.

If you want to offset your carbon footprint, you can do so through, selecting one of the conservation projects you want to support and determining the number of carbon credits you want to acquire.

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