Exploring Carbon Reduction Methods and How to Buy Carbon Credits

Written by Mason Cook
June 19, 2024
5 min read

This article explores:

  • Some of the most impactful carbon reduction techniques.
  • How they are classified as carbon credits.
  • How you can buy carbon credits to support these efforts.

What are Carbon Credits?

Carbon credits are certificates that represent the reduction of one tonne of carbon dioxide or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases. These credits can be bought and sold, providing a financial incentive for businesses and individuals to invest in carbon reduction projects.

Types of Carbon Reduction Methods

Bio-Char

Biochar is a form of charcoal produced from organic waste materials through pyrolysis. This method not only sequesters carbon but also enhances soil fertility, making it a dual-benefit approach. Biochar's stable form of carbon can remain in the soil for centuries, providing long-term carbon storage.

Enhanced Weathering

Enhanced weathering accelerates the natural process of mineral weathering to capture and store atmospheric carbon dioxide. By spreading finely ground minerals over large areas, this method can sequester significant amounts of CO2 while also improving soil health.

Tree Planting

Perhaps the most well-known method, tree planting involves growing new forests or reforesting degraded areas. Trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere as they grow, storing carbon in their biomass and the soil. This method also supports biodiversity and ecosystem restoration.

SkootEco’s partners with Eden Reforestation and Veritree to plant certified trees to create local jobs, sequester carbon, and restore ecosystems.

Woody Biomass Shrinking

This technique involves reducing the biomass of woody plants in a controlled manner to lower carbon emissions. It focuses on managing forests and other wooded areas to optimise their carbon sequestration potential without compromising their ecological functions.

Direct Air Capture (DAC)

Direct Air Capture technology extracts CO2 directly from the ambient air using chemical processes. The captured CO2 can then be stored underground or used in various industrial applications. DAC represents a high-tech solution with the potential for large-scale impact.

Bio-Oil

Produced through the pyrolysis of organic materials, bio-oil can be used as a renewable energy source or as a medium for long-term carbon storage. When stored in geological formations, bio-oil provides a stable and secure form of carbon sequestration.

Ocean-Bound Plastic Removal

While primarily focused on cleaning up marine environments, ocean plastic removal also contributes to carbon reduction by preventing the degradation of plastics into microplastics, which can release methane and ethylene, potent greenhouse gases.

PlasticBank is SkootEco’s partner in recovering ocean-bound plastic for vulnerable waterways and coastlines around the world. PlasticBank enable collectors from local communities to trade in recovered bottles to earn income to help improve their lives.

Funding Humanitarian Carbon Projects

Investing in projects such as bio-gas installations, renewable energy systems, and food banks can lead to significant carbon reductions. These initiatives often target underprivileged communities, providing sustainable energy solutions and improving living standards while reducing carbon footprints.

Humanitarian Carbon Projects Linked to UN SDGs

Humanitarian carbon projects not only reduce carbon emissions but also align with several United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring a broader positive impact. By addressing multiple global challenges simultaneously, these projects enhance social, economic, and environmental well-being. For instance:

  • SDG 1: No Poverty – Projects like bio-gas installations and renewable energy systems provide affordable and sustainable energy solutions, helping lift communities out of poverty.
  • SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being – Improved air quality from reduced reliance on traditional biomass fuels promotes better respiratory health and overall well-being.
  • SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy – Renewable energy projects increase access to clean energy, reducing dependency on fossil fuels.
  • SDG 13: Climate Action – All carbon reduction projects directly contribute to combating climate change by lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
  • SDG 14: Life Below Water – Ocean plastic removal projects protect marine ecosystems, preserving biodiversity and promoting healthier oceans.
  • SDG 15: Life on Land – Tree planting and enhanced weathering projects support terrestrial ecosystems, improving biodiversity and land health.

By aligning with the UN SDGs, SkootEco’s humanitarian carbon projects ensure a comprehensive approach to sustainability, addressing both climate change and broader socio-economic issues. More on SDGs.

Understanding the Taxonomy of Carbon Offsets

Adapted from the Taxonomy of Carbon Offsets from The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting

To provide a structured approach to carbon offsetting, The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting have introduced a taxonomy of carbon offsets. This taxonomy classifies carbon offset projects based on their long-term sustainability, impact on carbon reduction, and additional benefits such as biodiversity or social impact. By categorising projects in this way, it becomes easier to understand their efficacy and choose the most appropriate offsets for different needs. Our infographic, based on this taxonomy, offers a clear visual guide to the various types of carbon offset projects, helping you make informed decisions about where to direct your support.

Verified High-Quality Carbon Credits

When it comes to purchasing carbon credits, quality matters. Verified high-quality carbon credits are those that have been rigorously assessed and certified by reputable standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) or the Gold Standard.

These certifications ensure that the carbon reduction projects are genuine, permanent, and provide additional benefits beyond carbon sequestration. By choosing verified high-quality carbon credits, you can be confident that your investment is making a real difference in the fight against climate change.

How to Purchase Carbon Credits

Buying carbon credits is a straightforward process that can significantly contribute to global carbon reduction efforts. At SkootEco, we offer a range of high quality carbon offset projects that you can support. Here's how you can get involved:

  1. Visit our Climate Projects page: Explore the various initiatives we are involved in, such as tree planting, ocean plastic removal, and funding humanitarian projects.
  2. Select a project: Choose a project that resonates with you and aligns with your values.
  3. Request to Purchase carbon credits: Follow the simple steps on our website to get in touch with us to buy carbon credits and support your chosen project.

At SkootEco, we are committed to making a tangible difference. Our projects focus on planting trees, removing plastic from waterways and coastlines, and funding global humanitarian projects. By supporting these initiatives, we aim to create a more sustainable and equitable world. You can explore all our projects and learn how you can contribute at SkootEco Climate Projects.

Join us in our mission to combat climate change. Visit our Climate Projects page to see the impactful work we're doing and consider supporting our initiatives. Together, we can make a difference.

As the urgency to combat climate change intensifies, the importance of effective carbon reduction methods becomes ever more critical. High quality carbon credits play a pivotal role in incentivising these methods, providing a tangible way to measure and reward efforts to reduce carbon emissions. 

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Written by Mason Cook
June 19, 2024
5 min read