Canadian Effort Offsets Vehicle Emissions

Cleanairpass and Tree Canada have partnered to provide an alternative solution for Canadians who drive cars. For about the price of a tank of gas, drivers can offset their car’s greenhouse gas emissions with Cleanairpass and help stop global warming.

A recent agreement with the Tree Canada Foundation gives Cleanairpass members the option to offset their vehicles emissions through local tree planting. The funds generated by the sale of a Cleanairpass will be used to purchase carbon offsets from Tree Canada. With the Cleanairpass, the Tree Canada Foundation will issue a carbon certificate specifying the date, amount and calculation method of the offsets corresponding to the sales. In the urban environment, trees capture emissions, filter and cool the air (formally known as carbon sequestration air quality filtering and heat sink mitigation). When trees are first planted, a large proportion of the annual exchange of carbon dioxide goes into growing plant biomass. Also, early in the growth of the tree planted on agricultural or urban land, the amount of carbon in the soil is small. This results in a high rate of atmospheric carbon removal in the first several decades of growth of a tree. It takes approximately 500 trees to offset an average vehicle’s emissions of five tons of carbon dioxide (the average yearly emissions from a passenger car). Now, for about $50, drivers can help offset their car’s emissions, effectively counterbalancing their own impact. The Montreal Climate Exchange will formalize a trading system for Canada soon. For now, Cleanairpass sources its credits as a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). “The emission reduction projects like Tree Canada’s Grow Clean Air planting program make measured offsets, get paid for their hard work and our Cleanairpass drivers get the credit. It’s as simple as that,” said Bryce Conacher, CEO of Reknewco, the company responsible for Cleanairpass.
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