Frequently Asked Questions

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Learn more about how Karbon-X is fighting climate change, how we work as an organization, and our commitment to ensuring every dollar you give us goes to where it's supposed to — having a meaningful impact on global warming at the most important moment in human history.

Our company motto is “Believe in Better.”

We believe our business can act as a thought leader for what businesses should be — focused on driving positive impact, not just profits. The entire concept of Karbon-X is founded on the principle that people would help the planet if it were more accessible. The problem is that as individuals it’s basically impossible to impact climate change. To have a meaningful impact you need to act as a group and move with money behind you.

So, we’ve organized, we’ve put money into it, and we’ve turned it into something people can get behind. We believe that people care enough about the planet that they’re willing to invest in it. 84 cents of ever dollar you pay when you join Karbon-X goes straight to funding climate projects. We’re a membership service for individuals and businesses who care about the future. For less than a dollar a day you can partner with likeminded individuals and reforest Western Africa, or build windfarms in developing nations, or stop heavy polluting industries worst practices in their tracks with innovation they actually want to adopt.

Karbon-X has one priority. Having the biggest impact on climate change possible. It’s how we’ve picked what projects to sponsor and its how we’ve structured our organization.

When the fire department shows up, they don’t spray water on every house because every house is important. They point the hoses on the house that’s on fire. That’s how Karbon-X targets its investment. We go to the regions that are lagging behind in green energy and fund it. We go into the industries that are the worst polluters and invest in groundbreaking technologies to clean them up. Santa Monica is going to get clean energy without Karbon-X, rural South Africa won’t. When we fund projects that stop gas flairs from burning off into the sky, its because no one else will.

We have rigorous standards for how we determine if a project will impact climate change, but in terms of which projects we take on, we care about impact. Impact on climate change and impact on local communities. (To learn more about how we verify projects check out the answer on that question below.) We’re very proud of the work we do but we’re not in this business to feel good, we’re about stretching our limited resources as far as possible to have as much of an impact as we can.

Well, money gets stuff done. It’s a rough reality but building massive wind farms in Africa or developing technology that deacidifies ocean water is really expensive. It took a lot of money to pollute the planet to the point it is now, and when we looked at operating as a charity, it simply wouldn’t get the job done.

To fund projects at a scale that has an impact on climate change we need investment dollars. That’s why we’re rethinking what a business can be. We reinvest 84% of all membership income directly into projects that remove CO2 from the atmosphere. The other 16% goes to normal business costs. Keeping the lights on, running the website, and staff.

We’ve cut our margins as thin as possible so that when people join, they’re able to buy what we sell — impacting climate change. When you purchase a Karbon-X membership, you fund green house gas removal and the minimum team necessary to keep our mission going. Nothing more, nothing less. We’re trying to be a new type of business. A business that serves the future.

The first thing that happens is we start tracking how much CO2 you’ve been directly responsible for removing. Whether you join or leave, once you’re a Karbon-X member we keep a constant track of the green house gas you’ve removed from the atmosphere, you’re able to check this number continuously via the app or the website.

We give regular updates on our projects’ impacts around the globe, showing you the effect your contributions are having on the fight against global warming. As a bonus and a token of our appreciation for joining the movement, Karbon-X members earn their way through a progression of sharable badges showing how long they’ve been contributing to the fight against climate change.

Switch your sponsorship at anytime. We’ll redirect funding to the project of your choosing on your next billing cycle.

Karbon-X uses a set list of criteria to make sure each of our projects meets rigorous standards to ensure that we’re actually having the positive effect on the environment we’re intending to:

Additionality: Means that were it not for us funding this project, it wouldn’t have happened without us. If a certain technology would have gotten off the ground without Karbon-X, or a reforestation project is viable on its own, we don’t invest in it. Additionality means we require our projects to actually be changing something in the right direction, not just business as usual.

Permanence: This requirement means that a project’s benefits are locked in for the foreseeable future. We’re not replanting rainforest trees so that they can be clearcut and turned back into ranch land again in 10 years.

Transparency & Reporting: This means that auditors are regularly checking the results and progress of the project. We’re able to see that the project is doing what they said they would. They publish regular reports on what they’re doing and meet their targets based on established criteria and standards.

Social Impact: Because we work in regions with vulnerable communities, we spend a lot of time considering the social impact we’ll have on the local populations we’re working with. The last thing we want to do is take our problem and make it someone else’s. When we build a project we ensure that there will be a positive impact for the people living on the ground next to it. This means immediate effects like jobs and healthcare, as well as investigating the long-term impacts of our presence there — for example if reforesting a region would lead to food insecurity for locals, we won’t pursue a project, putting people into starvation in developing nations isn’t a fair trade to offset first world carbon footprints.

Measurability from Baseline: This means that the project actually decreases CO2 in the atmosphere beyond what would have been there without the project and that we’re able to measure that amount. When we plant a tree in Bolivia, our scientists can calculate how much CO2 it will remove from the atmosphere. If a project can’t measure the amount of CO2 it removes, we won’t sponsor it.

Registry: All of our offsets are retired on a public registry. This means there’s no double-counting. Once we say we’ve removed CO2 from the atmosphere in your name, that offset is gone, it can never be used again — that transaction is logged in a verifiable record so that your impact is properly accounted for.

Leakage: Imagine a project that cut a city’s driving emissions by buying everyone helicopters. This would be an example of leakage. Just because you’re reducing emissions in one place doesn’t mean you’re reducing them overall. Our projects need to have a total reduction in emissions. Not just trading emissions one place for another.

Third-party Certification: Our projects are all certified by third party regulators like the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Gold Standard, CORSIA, or the Clean Development Mechanism laid down by the UN. It’s not just us who says a project is having a positive impact on the planet. We adhere to highly stringent international standards.

Put simply, we need to emit less greenhouse gas. This tends to be hard to cut back on at an individual level. You need to get to work, you need electricity in your house. Karbon-X is great because it allows people to team up and remove large amounts of greenhouse gas together, rather than small amounts here and there.

Addressing climate change requires a multifaceted approach that includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to renewable energy sources, enhancing energy efficiency, and promoting sustainable land use practices. Governments, businesses, and individuals must collaborate to implement policies that support the reduction of carbon footprints, such as carbon pricing, renewable energy incentives, and strict emissions regulations. It’s essential to invest in clean energy technologies, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric power, to replace fossil fuel-based energy production — like we do at Karbon-X.

Karbon-X takes a multi-pronged approach where we focus on replanting ecosystems, investing in groundbreaking green technologies, and developing clean energy. We do all of this in areas we feel are in the direst need of change.

Our model is great because its highly accessible — it’s as simple as joining a membership service. However, if you’re interested in doing more, investigate installing renewable energy in your home. Vote for politicians with strong environmental records and make your support for environmental issues publicly known. Participate in transportation models that reduce your reliance on fossil fuels like public transportation, bicycling or carpooling. Remember that together there is hope. Many people feel like giving up in the face of climate change and that is absolutely the wrong attitude. Working as a community, this is absolutely a problem we can solve, and it is one we must solve.

Every member, whether or not they maintain their membership, can check how much greenhouse gas they’ve been responsible for removing from the atmosphere via the members area. We also publish regular updates about all the impact our work is having around the globe to all our members.

Both result in less greenhouse gas emissions. The difference is in the approach. When you reduce emissions, you take an action yourself, like walking to work instead of driving, or switching your house over to solar power.

When you carbon offset you finance reducing emissions. You team up with other people to help build wind farms in Africa or sponsor technology that deacidifies the ocean to its natural state so it can act as the carbon sink that nature intended it to.

The net effect on climate change is the same, whether you pay someone to remove 6000kg of CO2 on your behalf or you do it yourself, the planet can’t tell the difference.

We continuously monitor all our projects to make sure they’re meeting their performance benchmarks and that they’re properly accounting for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions they should be removing from the atmosphere. While rigorous vetting prior to adopting projects means this hasn’t been a problem we’ve encountered yet, should we need to delist a project, we’ll notify that project’s sponsors immediately.

In the event this happens we’ll retroactively reinvest new offsets to account for the delisted projects failure along with publicly listing the project on a log of retired projects, with its reason for being retired.

You can give offsets via the green button at https://portal.karbon-x.com/home. Simply choose the amount of CO2 you’d like to remove from the atmosphere on someone’s behalf and enter their information. They’ll receive a certificate via email bearing their name and the amount of carbon dioxide that’s been removed from the atmosphere and retired because of your gift. It’s a present that gives a greener future!

Think of it as paying someone else to do your taxes. You’re able to do it, it would just be a lot harder for you to do, and you wouldn’t be as good at it. When you offset your carbon footprint you’re paying for someone to remove CO2 from the atmosphere in your name.

It has the same effect on global warming as if you’d cut your own emissions. We take your membership dollars and go to Africa and build windfarms, we take your membership dollars and invest them in technology that deacidifies the ocean so it can act as a carbon sink the way nature intended.

When you drive your car it emits green house gas, your Karbon-X membership removes measured amounts of green house gas from the atmosphere. The planet doesn’t know the difference.

We’re…really close. Depending on what scientists you ask we’re either at 11:59 or 11:59:59. The point being we’re basically at midnight in terms of the climate crises. The question isn’t can we do anything about the climate crises. We don’t have a choice. There is no planet B. It’s a little like having a fire on a boat in the middle of the ocean and asking if there’s anything we can do about it.

Worse still people are debating if fighting the fire is worth the effort, who should pay for fighting the fire, whose to blame for the fire, who should fight the fire first, whether the fire exists or not. The good news is we have a fire extinguisher, and parts of this boat are saveable, enough to keep us all floating. We will never be able to fully reverse the effects of climate change, but we can mitigate them.

The honest reality is that the lowest lying ocean regions, without infrastructure like seawalls, will likely be slowly flooded in the next 50 years. However, if we act immediately the worst consequences of climate change can still be avoided.

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