Calculate Your Carbon Footprint and Compensate by Protecting Ancient Forests
We have developed a carbon footprint calculator that is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to calculate your yearly CO2-emissions.
You can then compensate your carbon footprint by protecting the corresponding area of rainforest.
These rainforests have large amounts of carbon stored in their biomass. By protecting them, we prevent the release of stored carbon dioxide and at the same time, we preserve precious habitat and biodiversity as well as crucial functions of forests that benefit our climate.
You can find more information about the carbon footprint, climate change and our compensation project on this page.
Benefits of Our Carbon Calculator
We use publicly accessible and usable data and disclose our calculation base
- Holistic Approach
wherever data availability allows, we include the entire life cycle of a product or activity into the calculation
careful & objective selection of factors according to numerous quality criteria from relevant scientific sources; regular updating, optimization and enhancement
- Calculation and Compensation in one
Tangibly protect primary rainforests for compensation
The carbon footprint
We need electricity, travel around and heat out apartments – Whenever we do this, emissions are released into the atmosphere. Over the past few years, we have caused so many emissions and destroyed so much intact nature that our climate is starting to change. These emissions can be put into numbers. All emissions of a certain unit, such as a person, an institution or a product taken together are expressed as the unit’s carbon footprint. But not only when we really fly on a plane or buy a new cell phone do we cause emissions. That is why we include the emissions of the entire life cycle of a product or activity in the carbon footprint. This also includes emissions caused when building infrastructure, sourcing and processing raw materials as well as during transport and disposal.
What Can We Do?
In order to stop global warming, we need to drastically reduce our emissions and the CO2 in the atmosphere. However, this is not enough if we really want to save the climate and preserve life on Earth as we know it. Even if we completely stopped burning fossil fuels, we could not halt climate change and stop the loss of biodiversity, if we continue to destroy high-carbon ecosystems and important habitats.
If we want to maintain life on Earth at the quality that we love, we need to stabilize the climate, create resilience against the consequences of global warming and preserve biodiversity. To achieve this, we need a true rescuer. The good thing about this? We already have it: forests.
That is why we have chosen the protection of primary forests as our compensation project.
Our carbon calculator allow you to calculate your carbon footprint, which expresses your impacts on the climate in a tangible number. You will receive a detailed analysis of your emissions as well as ideas for the reduction of your carbon footprint. According to the size of your carbon footprint, we calculate the area of nature that should be protected for compensation. Your donation for the protection of this specific area of primary forest is a tangible contribution for a stable climate and the protection of biodiversity.
How deforestation influences the climate
Forests store large amounts of CO2 in their biomass, soils and forest moors. If we cut them down, the wood will be used, the branches, leaves and roots will decompose. That means their carbon storages are released into the atmosphere in the form of CO₂. Every tree that we take out of the forest will sooner or later decompose or be burnt, even if it was turned into a sheet of paper and recycled many times or if it was turned into a piece of furniture and inherited over decades. In next to no time, a carbon storage that had built up over millennia in the biomass of the forest will then be released into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide which speeds up global warming.
the heat and dryness that follow a clear-cut have in turn negative effects on the remaining forests: Due to the lack of evaporation from vegetation and the loss of the forests water storage function, there are fewer rainfalls and water springs would run dry. The local climate becomes hotter and drier. When a heavy rainfall comes, it will wash out all nutrients of the soil. Biodiversity will vanish irreparably. That is why even reforestation can never recreate the original biodiverse forest. Therefore, the protection of existing intact forests is even more important than planting new trees, and needs to have the highest priority.
However, logging forests does not only emit large amounts of CO2 which speeds global warming. Forests have many other important functions that help to maintain a stable climate. If we cut them down, we will not only lose their benefits, but also influence the climate negatively on top of that.
When high-carbon ecosystems such as forests and moors are destroyed, they release more carbon dioxide than we could ever store again on a time scale relevant for humans. 1/8 to 1/6 of our yearly emissions result from the destruction of forests and the draining of moors, meaning that the loss of forests has a stronger effect on the climate than the global flight sector. And what’s even worse about is: For every tree that we cut down, we do not only emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, but most of all, we lose our most important ally in the fight against climate change.
How Forests Rescue the Climate
Standing forests have many important functions for their environment and the climate. Thanks to the constant evaporation of their vegetation, they guarantee stable rainfalls and a humid, cool micro-climate.
Added to that, forests clean the water in creeks and rivers, they store large amounts of water and prevent the erosion of fertile soil.
On a global scale, trees produce a majority of the oxygen that we need to survive, so they secure our very basis of life. Added to that, they filter out particulate matter from the air, such as nitrogen oxide, heavy metals and soot particles released by industrial activity and cars.
And last but not least, they are refuges for calm and recreation.
That is why forests, most of all primary forests, are globally our most crucial buffer against human-induced climate change. Many researchers state that it is even more important to protect ancient forests instead of planting new trees.
However, every year, around 13 million hectares of forest disappear, an area the size of Greece.
Without forests, our air would be to polluted to breathe, we would not get reliable precipitation, our soils would be washed-out of nutrients, our water springs would run dry and we would have to suffer from drought and heat.
It is time to say “thank you” to nature for all that it provides us with every day, for free. Without it, life as we know and love it would not be possible. We need to say “thank you” to nature and protect the last remaining intact, high-carbon and biodiverse ecosystems of the planet that we benefit from every single day.
More and more companies want to assume responsibility for their impact on nature. By protecting precious wilderness areas, they compensate CO2 emissions that cannot be eliminated during their core business activities.