SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Ecobusinesslinks.com, which
conducts monthly independent, side-by-side comparisons of carbon offset
companies and products, ranked Carbonfund.org at the top of its latest
list, issued on December 2nd.
"Carbonfund.org is clearly the best value in the industry and has been
since the survey's inception in February," said Edgard Swinnen, editor of
Ecobusinesslinks.com. "They offer high-quality verified offsets at a price
comparable to what large companies and institutions pay. Simply,
Carbonfund.org charges its retail customers closer to the wholesale price
than other organizations."
Since it was founded in 2003, Carbonfund.org's prices have been
consistently lower than those of other providers (three to five times lower
than some of its competitors). The non-profit has championed high-quality
offsets as a way to neutralize CO2 emissions while helping develop a clean
energy infrastructure, increase the supply of renewable energy and reduce
the price to make it more competitive with traditional sources.
"Carbon offsets empower individuals and businesses to make a direct
impact in the fight against global warming," said Carbonfund.org executive
director Eric Carlson. "Our goal is to democratize environmental
Carbon offsetting is a mechanism that allows individuals, companies and
institutions to achieve parity between the CO2 they create and the CO2 they
reduce. The typical American is responsible for 23 metric tons of CO2
emissions each year. Offsets reduce the CO2 created in one location (for
instance, by your car or from heating your home) by funding clean energy
somewhere else (like a wind farm). Offset consumers begin by calculating
their annual CO2 emissions using calculators provided on most offset
company websites. They then reduce their emissions to the extent possible
through energy efficiency and buy offsets to make up the difference of
those emissions they can't reduce.
Carbonfund.org uses the contributions it receives to support
high-quality carbon offset projects from renewable energy, reforestation
and energy efficiency.
Carbonfund.org purchases renewable energy certificates (RECs) certified
by the Green-e program, the largest renewable energy certification program
in the US. The US Air Force, US EPA, Wells Fargo and hundreds of other
companies and institutions purchase Green-e RECs. Carbonfund.org also
supports energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Offsets purchased
from non-profit institutions like Carbonfund.org are tax deductible.
"Carbonfund.org deserves credit for helping make high-quality offsets
as affordable for individuals and small businesses as they are for
institutional purchasers," Swinnen said.
"Since virtually all new energy development over the last fifty years
has been based on cost, when we are successful at driving the cost of wind
below that of new coal, we expect to see a massive shift in energy
investment to renewables, creating a ceiling on CO2 emissions and a gradual
reduction," Carlson said. "That is the aim of Carbonfund.org and the hope
of carbon offsets."
Carbonfund.org has offset more than 100,000 metric tons of carbon
dioxide since the firm's inception three years ago. The National Wildlife
Federation, Working Assets, WebEx and Rutherfoord are among the nearly 100
participating organizations offsetting their climate impact with
Carbonfund.org. Better World Books, Evogear and 3RLiving have received
Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree(TM) Shipping designation as well.
The Ecobusinesslinks.com carbon survey is updated approximately monthly
and can be viewed at http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/offsets .