"CO2solidaire" to offset its GHG emissions
Transforming emissions of greenhouse gas generated by its transportation (plane, car or household activity) in grants for development programs in the South, that the idea proposed by the site CO2solidaire.org. Awareness Project and accountability for individuals and businesses, intended to learn to measure its environmental impacts.
15 euros for a return flight Rome-Dublin, 1 euro for a round trip Paris Marseille in diesel car and 6 euros by plane ... This is not a new tax on transport but a financial estimate the "cost" of CO2 emissions due to each of these trips.
Since October 2004, the site CO2solidaire.org proposes a voluntary compensation of the impacts due to transport or the domestic activity by the financing of project of development in the countries of the South. The average estimate is provided by the Climate Action Network France. These sums, explains the founders of the site, "integrate an environmental cost and a weight in term of human development: it makes it possible to support actions of cooperation and solidarity in the countries of the South, to improve the daily life of the local populations and to preserve the 'environment. The idea is inspired by a Kyoto Protocol recommendation (which excludes air transport!) Which calls for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to encourage signatory industrialized countries to invest in gas reduction projects. greenhouse effect in developing countries (non-signatories of the protocol).
Help the South not to repeat the mistakes of the North
At the origin of this site, intended for businesses and individuals, is GERES (Renewable Energies, Environment and Solidarity Group), which, since 25 years, participates, with actors of economic and local development, initiatives in the field of environment, energy and agribusiness. The projects supported by CO2solidaire.org previously existed: wood energy economy in Cambodia, energy control in Morocco, rural development in Ladakh (Himalaya) through the use of solar energy, passive solar architecture in Afghanistan. It seemed logical to them to propose this new source of financing. "We want to promote a more" clean "model of development in the South, explains Salima Badi, so it was interesting to raise awareness of the northerners, teaching them the value of the impact of their daily actions. Moreover, as the proponents of sustainable development constantly demonstrate, if the countries of the South choose a mode of development that is more protective of the environment, the whole planet will benefit.
Responsibility without guilt
The site offers a lot of information to raise awareness about the reduction of its ecological impacts through accountability and solidarity, without guilt. Example taken from the site: "It can be estimated that a Paris-Athens round trip from a distance of 4200 km is equivalent to an emission of 0,67 tonnes of CO2 per person. The amount of compensation for this journey is 17 €. In Cambodia, 17 € is the cost of 4 improved stoves whose operation saves each year 2,66 tons of wood and 3,78 tons of CO2. "
Six months after its launch, only a dozen individuals have contributed to these projects, which are supported by two tour operators. But site managers know that it takes time to install this type of practice. Initiated in other countries similar initiatives are a real success. This is the case in England with Climate Care, and in Switzerland with Myclimate or in Germany with Atmosfair.