What is Carbon Balancing (offsetting)?
The idea behind Carbon Balancing (offsetting) is that even when all steps have been taken by a given entity (say a firm, charity or individual) to reduce emissions at source, some residual greenhouse gas emissions are unavoidable. These emissions can be countered if one takes steps to avert emissions elsewhere – i.e. to balance them. The World Land Trust (WLT) Carbon Balanced programme balance these emissions through the protection of forests that are imminently threatened, the destruction of which would release greenhouse gases, and through the restoration of forest habitats, which sequester atmospheric carbon as they grow.