Carbon neutral web hosting
Each time we heat our homes, take a flight or drive the car, fossil fuels are burnt and CO2 is released into the atmosphere, causing climate change. We all need to take steps to reduce our CO2 emissions and there are many ways to reduce your carbon footprint. We aim to help you reduce the carbon footprint of your website through energy efficiency and offsetting the energy that is used to ensure that your website is carbon neutral.
The Reduce and Offset Approach
By reducing the amount of energy used and working more efficiently you can reduce the amount carbon emissions your business' activities create. But there are business essentials that are already as efficient as possible and that is where offsetting comes in.
Carbon offsetting enables you to take responsibility for the carbon emissions your activities create by paying someone to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere on your behalf. There is much debate about the different methods used to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere and it is important to choose a method that is proven to work both in the short term and in the future. We have chosen to offset in a way that reduces carbon but also shows immediate benefits.
How is the carbon offset
We work with Climate Care who run projects all over the world to both reduce carbon emissions and improve quality of living.
While wind generated energy is the fastest growing energy sector in the world, the turbines are still relatively expensive to build and often cannot compete with fossil fuel based electricity generation. Revenue from CO2 reductions can make wind energy projects viable that would not otherwise have happened.
Efficient cooking stoves
In many developing countries the main source of fuel is wood, which is used for cooking on an open fire.
This fills the kitchen with smoke and creates severe health problems, particularly for mothers and children. UN studies show that smoky stoves kill millions and cause debilitating illness for tens of millions more. Much of the heat is lost rather than going into the cooking pot and this inefficiency means much more fuel-wood is needed. Wood is a scarce resource in many parts of the world and is often unsustainably harvested, leading to deforestation.
A well-designed, efficient stove, made from local materials at minimal cost, can prevent ill health and protect forests.
An often overlooked source of renewable energy is the human body itself. With some lateral thinking and some simple materials, energy solutions can often be found which replace fossil fuels with muscle-power. Every source of human energy will be different, and the number of applications is hugely varied.
Human powered pumps can replace polluting diesel-powered pumps that farmers could barely afford to hire. Meaning they can afford to harvest 2 or 3 times per year and don't have to leave their families in the off season to work in cities.
Bio-energy is energy from the sun that has been captured and stored by plants. When plants grow they photosynthesise - a process that absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.
If the plant is burnt this energy is released as heat and light, and can even be converted into electricity. When this is done the carbon is released, but as long as another plant grows in its place there is no net increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. With crops such as wheat or rice this happens on an annual cycle.
Renewable bio-energy can be used to displace traditional fossil fuels such as coal, oil or liquid petroleum gas (LPG). Fossil fuels contribute to climate change because they take carbon out of the ground and release it into the atmosphere. Bio-energy, however, simply recycles CO2 that is already in the atmosphere.