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Why do different offsetting companies charge different amounts to offset the same thing?

There are three potential reasons why different offsets cost different amounts.

  1. There are different ways to reduce emissions and they cost different amounts. Ideally, an offset would be both cheap and reliable, but in reality it doesn't usually work like that. Our price reflects the real cost of reducing industrial emissions in Europe. While this is a very accurate and reliable way to offset carbon emissions, it is often more expensive per tonne than projects in the developing world.
  2. Companies charge different amounts for their services. We aim to keep our overheads low so that as much money as possible is directed towards reducing emissions. We are very transparent about our pricing. For more information see How is the price calculated?
  3. Companies calculate the quantity of offsets you need to buy for the same activity in different ways. Occasionally this could be the reason for a difference in price, but differences in calculations are usually minimal. Our calculator uses data and calculation methodologies recommended by Defra and DECC (the UK government environment departments).


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