Offsetting

Treecreds believe that carbon offsetting plays an important role in mitigating the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment. So once our emissions reduction strategies have been presented and energy efficiency recommendations implemented, Treecreds can assist with offsetting primary emissions that cannot be further reduced.

 

Customers can completely or partially offset their emissions through purchase of avoided deforestation carbon credits.

 

Informed by leading environmentalists, Treecreds support avoided deforestation projects because such projects will help fight climate change at a low cost while improving living standards for some of the world's poorest people, as well as safeguarding biodiversity, and preserving other ecosystem services.

 

Treecreds avoided deforestation offsets are currently sourced from two domestic projects:

 

1. 'Minding the Carbon Store' - this project was approved and verified under the Australian Government's Greenhouse Friendly Initiative and saved 12,000 hectares of forest and woodland in Queensland from clearing for the next 120 years; and

 

2. The Tasmanian Native Forest Protection project - run by project developer Reddforests this project will protect over 7000 hectares of privately owned land in the Tasmanian Highlands.  The land is degraded native forest that has been logged in the past and is the first Australian project to gain accreditation under theVerified Carbon Standard.

 

It is important to differentiate Treecreds avoided deforestation offsets (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, REDDS) from forestry offsets derived from treeplanting, whose carbon abatement, or uptake, takes place over a period of years in the future. Avoided Deforestation provides an alternative income to clearing and logging and preserves forest that would be destroyed without this mechanism. Only the embodied carbon in the trees is calculated, so there is the additional (uncounted) value of the trees continuing to 'soak up' carbon emissions as well as the protection of biodiversity.