Travel produces greenhouse gases. Much of this is mobility – the core element of travel. Especially the arrival and departure, but also the means of transport on site influence our personal carbon footprint (see information below).
As a mobility service provider, MyFutureDrive wants to make a contribution to climate protection and compensate the CO2 emissions from certified travel projects. Emissions are offset by projects in Bolivia (Gold Standard), Uganda (VCS / CCBS Standard), Nicaragua (Plan Vivo) and Germany (school forests, afforestation with domestic mixed stocks). (please see primaklima.org)
Compensation means that the same amount of CO2 is actually saved or neutralized elsewhere that we consume with the customer when they use our chauffeur service. After all, the emissions that arise when using our vehicles are offset elsewhere by the promotion of climate protection projects.
For this reason, you drive with us 100% climate neutral and actively support the climate protection!
And without any additional costs for you! Offering more environmentally friendly mobility without increasing prices is our claim – MyFutureDrive proves it is possible.
For this purpose, we calculate the CO2 emissions of the vehicle with the kilometers driven for our customers and compensate for the level of these emissions by supporting climate protection projects that bind and neutralize CO2 emissions. The acquired CO2 certificates are generated by investing in renewable energy projects (please see above), or by afforesting forests (this binds CO2 from the atmosphere in organic material).
Any compensation for greenhouse gases ends with the decommissioning of a CO2 certificate (1 certificate = 1 ton of CO2). Only after decommissioning is it guaranteed that the certificate can no longer be used. In order to guarantee the highest level of transparency, these shutdowns are publicly available at Primaklima.org!
The certificates we have acquired and the projects we support with them thus help to save or neutralize CO2 emissions.
According to scientific findings, the warming of the Earth’s atmosphere since the beginning of industrialization has also been caused by anthropogenic enrichment of greenhouse gases, which increases the greenhouse effect beyond its natural level. Climate-relevant greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), high-density oxide (N2O) or methane (CH4), derive largely from the use of fossil fuels, industrial production, destruction of the tropical forest and agriculture.
The potential ecological consequences of climate change include the impairment of biodiversity in flora and fauna, scarcity of resources and an increase in the frequency of extreme weather conditions.
The reduction of emissions and the promotion of climate protection measures are important factors in contributing to the reduction of global warming.
The goal of reducing anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions in order to minimize negative impacts on the climate system was first formulated in 1992 by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). An important milestone for international climate policy was the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, which established a legally binding obligation for industrialized countries to contain and reduce these emissions.
At the end of 2015, a global agreement on climate change was adopted at the UN World Climate Change Conference COP 21 in Paris. In addition to industrialized countries, emerging and developing countries are committed to implementing national climate protection goals from 2021 onwards. The increase in the global average temperature should be limited to well below 2 degrees Celsius and possibly to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in October 2018, has highlighted the dimension of the challenge: Demand for compliance with the 1.5 degrees goal is nothing short of an unprecedented dynamism of climate change efforts worldwide.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 24 in November 2018, a detailed set of rules was adopted by all contracting states in order to implement the Paris climate treaty.
With “carbon footprint” (or “carbon footprint”) is called greenhouse gas balances, e.g. of products, companies or individuals. They represent the sum of emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases emitted by the manufacture, use and disposal of products and services, or by the pursuit of an activity over a period of time. A low carbon footprint indicates a climate-friendly way of life. The calculation of climate-relevant emissions requires information about the respective area of life and business, such as transport, gas and electricity consumption or consumer behavior. With the help of officially recognized parameters for the calculation of CO2 footprints, the so-called emission factors, the resulting greenhouse gases are calculated. An emission factor indicates how many tons of CO2 are released per set amount of a product or service. But since other gases also have a negative effect on the climate, their greenhouse effect is converted into CO2 and included as equivalent (CO2e) in the calculation. The CO2 footprint is therefore an important first step towards contributing to climate protection: By assessing emissions that have been generated, it is possible to identify potential savings and reduce personal emissions.
Basically, the best climate protection is to cause as few greenhouse gases as possible. However, if it is difficult to avoid emissions in specific areas of life or business, carbon offsetting is a good option (Umweltbundesamt, 2014). Even if this step alone is not enough in the long term, it is nevertheless an important contribution which can be implemented in the short term and which directly compensates for difficultly avoidable greenhouse gases elsewhere.
At this point, emission reduction certificates, which can be purchased according to the calculated CO2 emissions, are used. One certificate corresponds to one tonne of CO2 or CO2e. Valuable projects follow the principle of additionality, which ensures that the emissions thus avoided would not have been saved without the realization of the project. Furthermore, they should make a local contribution to sustainable ecological, economic and social development.
– Umweltbundesamt 2014: Klimaneutral leben – Verbraucher starten durch beim Klimaschutz
– Klimamanufaktur Hintergrundinformationen, 2019
– Montana.de, 2019
– Primaklima.org, 2019
– BMWi 2019, Abkommen von Paris
– WEKA 2014, Carbon und Water Footprint, FutureCamp Climate GmbH