Сarbon footprint is co₂ and all other harmful emissions produced by humans. When you eat food, drive a car and use electricity, you're leaving a footprint. Flying by plane also leaves a carbon footprint.
If that isn’t your thing, there is something
that you can do.
This is an environmentally friendly option. One carbon unit is one ton of CO₂ absorbed by trees.
These guys take care of the forest in Altai. By helping them with your cashback, you'll be helping the trees in Altai grow and absorb the carbon footprint.
You’ve flown on an airplane that has left a carbon footprint.
Although not as familiar as the idea of planting trees
With breathtaking mountain rivers, emerald lakes and ancient caves, many of which are objects of historical and cultural heritage. It's also where the Altai Project is run, which aims to take care of the forests of Altai and plant new trees.
That's more than 40,000 flights of a fully loaded Boeing 737 – the largest civil aviation aircraft.
Buy a carbon unit – support the planting of trees in Altai and their future. After each donation, you will receive an email confirming your carbon footprint compensation.
There is a difference between planting trees and purchasing carbon units. The former action is prepaid (the tree will be planted only after donation, most often on the site of a dead forest), while the latter is postpaid (the tree is already growing and absorbing carbon dioxide). Yes, the second option is far less common, but it is more stable and ecologically reliable. Your cashback money will be spent on caring for those forests that are already growing. Also, it will be spent on new plantings – this is the only way to ensure continuous generation of carbon units.
The Altai Forest Project is planting trees in the Altai Territory, in the Zalesovsky and Charyshsky Districts.
A carbon unit represents one ton of harmful emissions that is then absorbed by trees.
To calculate the carbon footprint of your air travel, use the Carbon Emissions Calculator from the International Civil Aviation Organization. Your overall carbon footprint can be calculated with this Greenpeace calculator.
The final step in the process of selling a carbon unit is crediting (see Russia’s Federal Law No. 296-FZ from July 2, 2021, "On limiting greenhouse gas emissions"). Carbon unit crediting means canceling carbon units by debiting them from the owner's account and crediting them to an account for carbon units withdrawn from circulation. This account is managed by the UN, so no funny stuff.
The land where the forest is growing has been leased by the Altai Forest Project for 49 years, starting in 2012. Carbon units are not a one-time thing: as the project continues to plant new trees, the forest grows and absorbs more carbon dioxide. As it grows, the Altai Forest Project will be able to register and sell new carbon units. The Project is deeply concerned about protecting the forests and helping them grow further.
The Altai project has made an official commitment to prevent the double sale of the same units that were acquired for the purpose of paying off the carbon footprint. The files are published on the UN page (UN COM), as well as on the website of the Russian register of carbon units under the number RU1000487.