About Carbon Offsetting
Based on the report Global Warming of 1.5⁰C, published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, human activities are estimated to have caused ~1.0⁰C of global warming above pre-industrial levels. At the current rate, global warming is likely to reach 1.5⁰C between 2030 and 2052.
If humanity continues with the status quo, the effects are as follows:
- Significant increase in costly, severe weather events
- Food shortages from declining crop yields
- Declining overall health of the global population
- Human displacement due to rising sea levels and flooding
- Economic damages that could exceed 3% of GDP
Historically, greenhouse emissions were at a level at which Earth’s vegetation could do its job and capture the emissions to prevent excess emissions existing in the atmosphere. However, in recent years, greenhouse gases have vastly exceeded historical levels and Earth’s vegetation is unable to process enough of the emissions to prevent the gases from entering the atmosphere. When the atmosphere’s composition has too much of these gases, the heat is trapped and warms the planet.
It is estimated that in order to avoid significant disruption, total CO2 emissions must be reduced to net zero globally by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5⁰C. As we find ourselves amid a climate crisis, with continued global warming representing an outsized threat to humanity, action must be taken to reduce unavoidable carbon emissions.
Carbon offsets are credits sold to fund projects with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via removal solutions. Solutions can range from natural solutions like reforestation to technological solutions like carbon capture and storage.
We use industry-standard estimates to calculate the relative emissions associated with flights to and from Eleven properties, so customers can offset the amount of carbon they are responsible for.