Help us plant more trees

Offsetting carbon is your way of negating the carbon emissions you generate in your everyday life by driving your car, travelling on an airplane or in your household activities. By buying carbon offsets you are paying for reductions to be made elsewhere - which has long lasting benefits for the planet.

At Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund we generate carbon offsets through biodiverse native tree plantings in Australia. Our planting sites (called carbon sinks) are on already degraded and unused farmland. When you purchase carbon offsets you help us revive the natural habitat.

RAC has partnered with us to offer members a 20% discount on our Australian Biodiverse Reforestation - Gold Standard carbon offsets. AND it is fully tax deductible.

 

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How to Get Started

1. Choose Your Emissions

The easiest way is to click on one of the icons below and follow the prompts. Alternatively you can calculate your emissions to get an accurate measurement of all of your carbon emissions.

2. Select Gold Standard

When you are asked to choose an offset type, select Australian Biodiverse Reforestation - Gold Standard (GS VER).

3. Enter your RAC WA Member Number

Don't forget to enter your RAC WA member number on the cart page.

Select an Offset Category to Proceed:

Need help? Call 1300 857 970

Over 90% cleared in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor
Over 90% cleared in a global biodiversity 'hotspot'

 

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Mixed native species planting - Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor

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Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor- RAC Members' planting project

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RAC Members Planting Allocation 2015

 


 

 


 

A. Making your Car Carbon Neutral

1. What is a carbon neutral car?

We all need to reduce our carbon footprint if we are to meet global calls to bring down carbon emissions and slow the damaging impacts of human-induced climate change.

One simple way you can reduce your individual impact is by offsetting your car’s annual emissions through the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund’s biodiversity reforestation program. When you do this you make your car carbon neutral. Through transpiration trees take CO2 from the atmosphere, expire oxygen and store carbon in the biomass of leaves, branches, trunks and roots. This process is called carbon sequestration.

Making your vehicle carbon neutral is like taking your car off the road for a year. Imagine the impact if we all did this.

2. So how do I make my car carbon neutral?

The Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund helps households and small businesses to measure, reduce and offset their greenhouse gas emissions. Using a simple formula we work out how much your car will emit in a year based on an estimate of how much fuel it uses, and then we work out how many trees we need to plant to absorb that amount of carbon to neutralise that impact for a 12 month period.

3. When I make my car carbon neutral can I claim a tax deduction?

The really good news is that your investment in the planet and the future by going carbon neutral is fully tax deductible. Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund Ltd is a registered environmental charity and is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient.

4. Can I offset other activities such as household emissions and travel?

You can measure and offset your carbon footprint for other activities either by using the advanced calculator or our simplified 'packages' option.

 


 

B. About Australian biodiverse reforestation - Gold Standard

5. Where are the trees planted?

Our native trees are planted in areas of the Western Australian Mid West on land that is degraded and unprofitable for farming. The 30-40 species of trees and shrubs planted through direct seeding and hand planting seedlings, are sourced from local provenance seed. Plantings will form part of a series of biodiverse forests that will eventually link up existing remnant bush and 12 nature reserves to form a large biodiversity corridor we've named Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor.

RAC Member carbon plantings are within the Gold Standard certified project Tomora (293 planted hectares).

6. What are the other benefits from the tree plantings?

As well as sequestering carbon, trees also help to:

  • Reduce soil and water erosion
  • Combat salinity
  • Provide wind breaks
  • Improve biodiversity
  • Provide habitat for our native plant, birds and animal species
  • Create jobs in the local community
  • Provide connectivity for birds and animals to transition through the landscape

7. How is the carbon measured?

On ground measurement of carbon is done by rigorous field sampling techniques to determine above and below ground biomass of the trees and a conversion to tonnage of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2-e) across the plantings. The measurement process is independently verified and audited under the Gold Standard.

8. Does this program have accreditation?

Carbon Offsets purchased by RAC members will be certified under the Gold Standard - an award winning international certification standard for carbon mitigation projects. It is recognised around the world as the benchmark for quality in carbon offsets. Established in 2003 by WWF, all Gold Standard projects demonstrate real and permanent greenhouse gas reductions as well as sustainable environmental and community development benefits in local communities that are measured, reported and verified.

9. How do I know my offsets have been registered by Gold Standard?

RAC Member offset aggregate purchases will be issued and tracked on the Gold Standard Registry via unique serial numbers. The registry manages the full lifecycle of a carbon credit from creation to retirement. In accordance with the Gold Standard Foundation’s premium standards, the registry ensures the transparency, quality, reliability and security of these carbon offsets. The registry has a web-based application with an open-access section for users to read project documentation.

10. Who will manage the trees and make sure everything is ok?

The project developer and land owner, Auscarbon Pty Ltd, will maintain and manage the plantation as part of their Gold Standard certification. The RAC Member plantings will be monitored annually for health and survival. Monitoring reports will be posted on the Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund website. The trees are protected for 100 years by a carbon right and carbon covenant registered on the land titles.

11. What about fire?

Fire management protocols include fire breaks, geographic separation of projects, and selective grazing of sheep to reduce weeds. Insurance cover is held for re-establishment of trees up to three years out from planting. After that time natural regeneration will occur as native species are adapted to fire.

 


 

C. About the Gold Standard

The Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other NGOs to provide assurance of integrity, effective regulation and strong governance in carbon markets. Gold Standard credits are uniquely numbered and transparently listed in one central registry that allows direct access to project and audit documentation.

The Gold Standard operates under seven Principles and Criteria:

  1. The project shall do no harm, complying with the UNDP Millennium Development Goals Carbon Safeguard Principles
  2. The project shall enhance sustainable development
  3. The project shall involve all relevant stakeholders
  4. Greenhouse gas emission reductions and carbon sequestration shall be real
  5. The project shall be compliant with all relevant laws and Gold Standard Principles
  6. The project shall be transparent
  7. The project’s compliance and progress shall be monitored, reported and independently verified throughout the entire crediting period

Gold Standard Project Summary

Project Type: Sequestration
Standard: Gold Standard VER
Status: Initial audit certification (11 June 2015)
Project Name: Auscarbon Biodiverse Reforestation Project
Project ID: RA-VAL-GS-020909
Project Proponent: Auscarbon Pty Ltd
Location: Western Australia
Region: Wheatbelt Mid-West agricultural region
Emission Reductions: 1,006,040 t CO2-e
Project Start Date: 2008
Crediting Period: 50 years
Vintage: 2015
Co-Benefits: Positively impact on the economy, health, welfare and environment of local communities