1. It provides an alternative
Obviously the best choice for the climate is to fly as little as possible or avoid flying altogether. For many companies this is already policy – more as a cost-saving measure than a climate goal. However, flying often remains the only viable option and then carbon emissions cannot be avoided. Offsetting your company flights provides you with the alternative to not flying at all.
2. It reduces carbon elsewhere
In order to offset your flight carbon emissions, your business can invest in emissions-reducing projects that avoid or reduce carbon elsewhere. These “external” carbon reductions are quantified under dedicated carbon standards and verified by third parties. The result: carbon offsets, or carbon credits, are generated by the project and the equivalent amount matched to your flight emissions. Carbon offsets are a vital revenue stream for these projects, without which they couldn’t have gotten off the ground – unlike the plane trip you just did!
3. It doesn’t cost the Earth
Business trips should cost your company as little as possible. Since many companies are already in saving mode, offsetting is often associated with additional costs. However, climate-friendly travel on a limited budget is possible. With the flight and travel optimising tools developed by Climate Neutral Group, your company can reduce CO2 and save money, even with the additional offset costs.
4. It’s only a click away
Offsetting your flights is now very easy via our growing network of travel agents. Instead of offsetting your travels periodically, it is also possible to do it automatically at the time of booking. This means the offset is already included in your ticket price; listed as an extra charge on your invoice from your travel agent along with airport taxes and other travel fees. Ask your travel agent today whether they offer GreenSeat. If not, we can arrange it for them.
5. It raises staff awareness
Most people find it hard to imagine just how much one ton of carbon dioxide really is, and the impact it has on the climate. By receiving an offset certificate every time they fly, together with the impact they made possible by supporting clean energy projects, your staff will gain a new appreciation for their climate impact and feel good about travelling on a GreenSeat. This, in turn, can serve as a springboard to other sustainability initiatives within the office.
6. It’s a good investment
Clean energy projects, such as efficient cookstoves, solar and wind, and household biogas, avoid the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases. By investing in these types of projects your company contributes to a cleaner, greener and more prosperous world. But not only is offsetting a good investment for these projects, it’s also a good investment for your own business. It can help your business gain competitive advantage, build brand value, support your CSI policy, improve your BEE scorecard and encourage other emission reduction activities within your company.
7. It’s a powerful tool for sustainable development
South Africa faces three massive challenges: an ever-increasing energy crisis, rising poverty, unemployment and inequality, and a very high carbon footprint. By investing in clean energy projects, South African communities can be provided with affordable, reliable and low-carbon energy solutions. This will not only take strain off the national grid, and lower the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, but also improve the quality of life of many communities. Such benefits include: job creation, knowledge transfer, health benefits and stimulating of local economies. It’s a unique opportunity for your company to help transition South Africa to a Green Economy.
8. It fights climate change
Last, but certainly not least. Over the last few years climate change has shifted from an issue of environmental concern to an issue of real commercial significance. The negative impacts on economies and societies are being felt all over the world, including here in South Africa. Winning the battle against climate change requires the support and commitment of not only governments, but also business – an increasing number of which are taking action now. Is your company one of these?
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