EEA offsets CO2 emissions

Page Last modified 13 Apr 2011
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Starting in 2006 the European Environment Agency has introduced its own carbon offsetting scheme. The offsetting scheme covers all flight travel paid by the EEA and arranged by its travel agency and it covers staff attending meetings and conferences outside Copenhagen as well as invited guests coming to the Agency.

The Agency has a contract with Atmosfair, a German carbon project initiative supported by the German Federal Environment Ministry. To, as far as possible assure that a real offsetting is taking place, the carbon offsets bought by the Agency result from investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects recognized under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI). All these projects are distinguished by the Gold Standard, a label receiving worldwide recognition and officially supported by 38 environmental and development organisations.
The Agency's new carbon credit scheme is one component of its overall Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which seeks to minimise the environmental impacts of the Agency's activities.

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