Offsetting our Carbon Footprint in each region we cross
Our family objective is to offset our Carbon Footprint in each region we cross, only in emerging countries where there is also a positive social impact. The idea is to support both Carbon Sequestration project (planting trees), as well as Carbon Emissions Reduction with different types of Renewable Energy initiatives.
We have calculated our total Beautiful World Tour Carbon Emissions to 61.45 tons, accounting for traveling by airplane, car, camping car, accommodation, etc…
We extend our commitment to offseting the emissions of the tour by 2.5 X to “commit to the 2°C Path”, because to avoid extreme climate change beyond +2°C global temperature increase by the end of the century, it’s not about compensating what we emit to Zero, it’s about compensating for our “western country lifestyle debt” (see below for details).
While selecting the projects, we apply the following criteria:
- Offset our total Beautiful World Tour emissions x 2.5
- Invest in projects in each of the regions we cross
- Invest in emerging countries
- Look and environnemental and social impact
Cooking stoves in Honduras (Proyecto Mirador)
The Honduran cooking stove project significantly reduces demand for wood on a multi-household level, lowers fuel cost for families and has a positive impact on the global climate via forest recovery and reduction in carbon emissions.
25 Tons of CO2 emitted offsetted
Efficient cooking stoves, Honduras
Prony Windfarm in New Caledonia
Rich in wind resources, New Caledonia is reducing its dependency from fossil fuel. The two wind
farms of Prony and Kafeate are using world first technology to green-up the national grid and provide
socio-economic improvements for the communities.
37,5 Tons of CO2 emitted offsetted
Prony Wind Farms, New Caledonia
Least-Impact Micro Hydro Plant in Indonesia
This project generates emission free energy for the island of Sulawesi – without the need for a retaining dam, with Socio-economic benefits during and after construction phase.
62,5 Tons of CO2 emitted offsetted
Micro-hydro Sulaxesi, Indonesia
Kariba Avoided Deforestation in Zimbabwe
This forest conservation project is aimed at providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for poor communities in Northern Zimbabwe, a region now suffering heavily from deforestation, poverty, and drought.
25 Tons of CO2 emitted offsetted
Kariba REDD+ forest protection, Zimbabwe
Commit to the 2° Path
Our governments are struggling to define binding targets for greenhouse gas emissions. The current pledges made in the Copenhagen Accord are far from reaching the global goal of limiting the average global warming to 2°C which is considered as a scenario which is just about endurable. Even if the pledges are fulfilled, we are still facing a probability of more than 50% of a global warming higher than 3° by end of this century (Meinshausen, 2010) leading to disastrous consequences (IPCC, working group 2).
As the international negotiations are taking way longer than reasonable, we are now facing a situation where climate neutrality is no longer enough. Due to the historical emission track record of the OECD and developing countries, it is the industrialized world’s job to bring the world on track. But with economic development picking up quickly in the developing world, the 2°C goal can no longer be achieved even by reducing OECD emissions to zero or going climate neutral. Therefore South Pole is offering the option to compensate our emissions in a way that would achieve the 2°C goal if adopted by all industrialized countries.
We calculated the amount of emission reductions needed in developing countries on top of climate neutrality in the industrialized world based on IEA and World Bank data and found that they are equivalent to 2.5 times the amount of the emissions of industrialized countries.
“We commit to a 2° path, we therefore offset 2.5 times our total Beautiful World Tour emissions.”
Malte Meinshausen, Joeri Rogelj et al, “Copenhagen Accord pledges are paltry”, Nature, 2010
The World Bank, World Development Report, 2010
IEA, Energy Technology Perspective 2008: Scenarios and Strategies to 2050, 2008