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„The unfashionable truth is that the only way to take direct responsibility for [your] emissions is to enable an equivalent amount to be absorbed, or avoid being emitted, elsewhere. In short, to offset.”
Martin Wright, (Guardian Sustainable Business)
Telul nostru este sa putem offseta si retrage cat mai multe carbon credite!

Living in a changing climate

Our climate is changing. Scientific evidence shows that the global average temperature is rising, and rainfall patterns are shifting. It also shows that glaciers, Arctic sea-ice and the Greenland ice sheet are melting. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report shows that the warming since the mid-20th century is predominantly due to an increase in greenhouse-gas concentrations as a result of emissions from human activities. Combustion of fossil fuels and changes in land use are largely responsible for this increase.

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It is clear that we need to reduce global greenhouse-gas emissions substantially in order to avoid the most adverse impacts of climate change. It is also clear that we need to adapt to our changing climate. Even with substantial reductions in our greenhouse-gas emissions, our climate is expected to change to some degree and the impacts of this will be felt across the world, including in Europe. Floods and droughts are expected to become more frequent and intense. Warmer temperatures, changes in precipitation levels and patterns, or extreme weather events are already impacting our health, natural environment, and economy.

Climate change affects us

We might not be aware of it but climate change affects us all: farmers, fishermen, asthma patients, the elderly, infants, urban residents, skiers, beachgoers… Extreme weather events, such as floods and storm surges, can devastate small communities — and even regions and countries. Heatwaves can exacerbate air pollution, aggravating cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and in some cases resulting in loss of life.

Warmer oceans risk unbalancing the entire food chain, and hence marine life, adding extra pressures to already overexploited fish stocks. Higher temperatures can also change the carbon storage capacity of the soil — the second largest carbon sink after the oceans. Droughts and warmer temperatures can impact agricultural production, driving up the competition between economic sectors for precious resources like water and land.

These impacts result in real losses. Recent research estimates that without adaptation actions heat-related deaths could reach about 200 000 per year in Europe by 2100. The cost of river flood damages could be more than EUR 10 billion a year. Other climate-change impacts include the damage from forest fires, reduced crop yields, or lost workdays due to respiratory diseases.

Faced with such current and future impacts, Europeans have no choice but to adapt to climate change. A European Union-level adaptation strategy is already in place to help countries plan their adaptation activities, and more than 20 European countries have adopted national adaptation strategies.

Some ongoing adaptation projects involve large projects to build new infrastructure (e.g. dykes and flood drains), whereas others propose restoring ecosystems to allow nature to tackle climate change impacts such as excess water or heat. Different initiatives and funding opportunities exist to help countries, cities, and regions prepare for climate change impacts and reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions.

Reducing emissions

The severity of climate change will depend on how much and how quickly we can cut greenhouse-gas emissions released into the atmosphere. Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our times. It is a global problem and concerns us all. The scientific community strongly recommends limiting the rise in global average temperatures and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to avoid adverse impacts of climate change. Within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the international community has agreed to limit the global average temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial times.

If the global average temperature increases above 2°C, climate change will have much more severe impacts on our health, natural environment, and economy. An average 2°C increase means that temperatures will actually rise more than 2°C in certain parts of the world, especially in the Arctic, where greater impacts will threaten unique natural systems.

The European Union has set ambitious long-term goals on climate-change mitigation. In 2013, the EU had already reduced its domestic greenhouse-gas emissions by 19% compared to 1990 levels. The target of a 20% reduction by 2020 is within reach.

Achieving a reduction of at least 40% in domestic emissions (i.e. emitted in the EU) by 2030 and an 80-95% reduction by 2050 will partly depend on the EU’s ability to channel sufficient amounts of public and private funds towards sustainable and innovative technologies. Effective carbon prices and regulations are instrumental in steering investments towards climate-friendly innovations, in renewable energy and energy efficiency in particular. In some cases, funding decisions might also entail divesting away from some sectors and restructuring others.

Emission reductions by EU Member States would address the problem only partly, because the EU currently emits only around 10% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. It is clear that achieving the 2°C target requires a global effort with substantial cuts to global greenhouse-gas emissions. The scientific community estimates that to achieve the 2°C target only a limited amount of carbon can be released into the atmosphere before the end of the century. The world has already released the large majority of this ‘carbon budget’. At current rates, the entire carbon budget will be exhausted well before 2100.

To increase our chances of limiting the average temperature increase to 2°C, scientific studies show that global emissions have to peak in 2020, and then start declining. In this context, the upcoming climate talks (COP21) in Paris need to become a turning point for a global agreement on cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and providing support to developing countries.

A low-carbon future by 2050 is possible

At the heart of the problem lie unsustainable consumption and production patterns. Building on recent trends observed in Europe’s environment and on global megatrends, our recent report ‘The European environment — state and outlook 2015’ calls for a transition to a green economy. The green economy is a sustainable way of life that allows us to live well, and within the limits of our planet. This transition involves structural changes to key systems, such as energy and transport, which require long-term investments in our infrastructure.

Hans Bruyninckx - OurOffsetEuropeans are already investing in these key systems. The challenge is to make sure that all current and future investments put us one step closer to greening our economy, and do not lock us into an unsustainable path of development. Making the right investments today will not only minimise the overall costs of climate change, but it can strengthen Europe’s expertise in the thriving eco-industries — the economy of the future. At the end of the day, we all have a stake in defining what life with climate change will look like.

The challenge we are facing might seem daunting. But no matter how big the challenge may be, the 2°C target is still within our reach. We now need to be courageous and ambitious enough to grasp it.


Cea mai mare actiune de pana acum pentru protejarea climei

Trimitem mesajul nostru clar, intr-un glas unanim, catre conducatorii lumii:
Sa actioneze cu neintarziere impotriva poluarii care produce schimbarea climatica!

Ridica-ti si tu vocea in legatura cu ocrotirea climei! Da click pe imagine si exprima-ti intentia in acest sens.

Cea mai mare actiune de pana acum pentru protejarea climei
“Acest an este anul climei. Summitul de la Paris este un eveniment cheie, dar pentru ca sa ii putem asigura succesul, avem nevoie de vointa politica. Vointa politica este o resursa regenerabila, iar telul eforturilor noastre, vizeaza reinnoirea vointei politice la nivel global.” Al Gore


Cerere privind carbon creditele

Asa cum se vad acum procesele , foarte curand cererea va depasii oferta.

Este intradevar un proces lung si complicat pana cand se vor credita , pentru oricine, carbon credite de tip VCS de pe piata voluntara.
Cerere privind carbon creditele - OurOffset RomâniaPrin stirile care vin in legatura cu procesele de pe piata internationala in ceea ce priveste diferenta dintre cerere si oferta,este intarita ipoteza ca pretul carbon creditelor VCS va creste in continuare.
De asemenea si datele furnizate de Bloomberg dovedesc faptul ca pretul carbon creditelor va creste treptat pana in anul 2020.

“Atunci trebuie sa fim interesati de ceva cand nimeni altcineva nu o face inca .Este greu de cumparat ceva care este deja popular si cerut totodata.”

Warren Buffet

Australia intentioneaza sa devina carbon neutrala pana in anul 2020

Australia doreste sa devina carbon neutrala pana in 2020 prin instalarea de producatori de energie termala si de noi centrale eoliene, precum si trecerea transportului in comun la folosirea de energie electrica, reducand astfel la zero folosirea de energie non-regenerabila (carbune, gaz si titei).

„Tocmai acum am primit un document care merita sa fie amintit, care se poate accesa total gratuit pe internet: ”Planul de stat pentru energie a Australiei, pentru carbon neutralizare zero”.

Asa cum si titlul il sugereaza, planul descrie, cum va putea sa functioneze Australia, prin aceasta intelegand si transportul in comun, fara folosirea energiei fosile. La baza generarii de energie electrica vor sta centrale cu productie bazata pe energie solara concentrate si vor acoperii necesarul in proportie de 60%,si pentru asigurarea unui flux continuu de energie vor fi folosite depozite de sare topita. Restul de 40% doresc sa il acopere din ferme eoliene,iar ca si o rezerva de urgenta vor lua in considerare biomasa si centralele hidroelectrice.

Transportul in comun astfel va fi asigurat prin folosirea trenurilor si autovehiculelor electrice, prin care se va carbon offseta toata cantitatea de energie folosita de mijloacele de transport in comun a Australiei, circa 15% rezultate pana acum prin folosirea combustibililor fosili. In realitate este luat in calcul o folosire a energiei electrice cu circa 40% pana in 2020, adica 325 TW. Raportul sublinieaza faptul ca combinarea energiei eficiente cu cele ale energiilor alternative va avea rolul de crestere semnificativa in domeniul folosirii energiei electrice,si va fi suficient pentru schimbarea tuturor surselor de energie neregenerabile (carbune, gaz si titei), incluzand atat transportul in comun, cat si incalzirea urbana.

In zonele rurale si in folosirea serviciilor de urgenta,folosirea bio-combustibililor va fi utilizata intr-o mai mica masura. Datorita utilizarii mai eficiente a energiei si prin schimbarea motoarelor cu ardere interna cu o eficienta scazuta, necesarul total al energiei electrice a Australiei va scadea de la 3844 PetaJoule (1065TWh) necesarul anului 2007, la 1643 PetaJoule(456TWh). O importanta economisire de energie este luata in calcul si in domeniul sectorului constructiilor in cazul folosirii pompelor de caldura si a izolarii mai bune (atat a spatiilor comerciale cat si cele rezidentiale).

Inginerii responsabili cu executarea si finalizarea acestui proiect vor dezvolta si vor inbunatatii nivelul de calcul al acestor cifre. Totodata raportul ia in considerare si sursele de material pentru realizarea acestor proiecte. Mai precis: otel, beton si sticla pentru centralele energetice bazate pe energia solara concentrata(CST); otel si beton pentru centrale eoliene; otel, beton si fire electrice din aluminiu (in scopul distribuirii energiei electrice in cazul retelelor de energie).

In unele privinte,sistemul este similar cu proiectul Desertec,care recomanda utilizarea de statii (CST) in Africa de Nord, alimentarea cu energie electrica pentru Europa. Desi acest proiect Australian este conceput pentru aprovizionarea unei populatii de 20 milioane de persoane este un proiect mai realist si mai usor de indeplinit, decat in cazul unei Europe unite si a Regatului Unit cu un numar de 60 milioane de persoane.
Chiar si in cazul Australiei, cea mai mare provocare consta in rezolvarea trecerii de la folosirea combustibililor fosili pe baza de titei rafinat (folosit in transportul in comun), la schimbarea acestuia prin folosirea energiei electrice obtinute din surse regenerabile.





Prezentul nostru

Intrând în secolul 21, naţiunile lumii şi-au dat seama că nu se mai poate continua stilul de viaţă  risipitor şi dependent de energie, sau cel puţin nu în forma in care o facem acum, adică toată energia necesară pentru susţinerea omenirii este obţinută din materiale fosile. Problema cea mai gravă a zilelor noastre, încălzirea globală, încă mai aşteaptă să se găsească o soluţie. Tocmai de aceea pentru afacerile care sunt conştiente de mediul înconjurător cel mai important punct de vedere este dezvoltarea regenerabilă. Se străduiesc să reducă emisiile proprii de gaze nocive apelând la energie alternativă (vânt, apă, soare), sau decid să se ecologizeze prin compensare de CO2. Ţelul este, trecerea la o tehnologie nouă, cu ajutorul căreia în mod continu să scadă emisiile de gaze nocive în mediul înconjurător. Prezentul nostru - OurOffset RomâniaBineînţeles această activitate deschide noi avantaje şi oportunităţi unice ale pieţei,  un excelent marketing pentru afacerile care gandesc ecologic,  ne mai vorbind de imaginea pe care o creem pentru generaţiile viitoare, însemnând un Pământ curat şi acceptabil. Numai atunci vom fi parte a viitorului, daca devenim parte a dezvoltării de azi.

Fii şi tu conştient de mediul înconjurător, ecologizează-te!

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