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Is it possible to receive a donation receipt?

Sure! Please read the details on our page on donation receipts.

What is the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)?

The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is a transnational trading scheme for greenhouse gas emissions at the business level (i.e. between companies, not governments) in the shape of certificates called EU Allowances (EUAs).

Why is participation in emission trading a good way to reduce CO2 emissions?

The climate does not care how or what kind of greenhouse gases are produced. Given the very limited sustainable amount of total emissions, trading them is a means of ensuring that they are emitted only where they are really necessary/unavoidable.

How do TheCompensators* participate in the EU ETS in practice?

TheCompensators* use donations to buy and delete EUAs, thereby reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that industry can emit.

What distinguishes TheCompensators* from other compensation schemes?

Other compensation schemes transfer the reduction of emissions to the developing world using the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). If the earned emission rights are not deleted but sold as EUAs, no emission reduction is actually achieved.

How does the EU ETS fit into the framework defined by the Kyoto Protocol?

The Kyoto protocol obliges certain countries to restrict their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a certain number of Assigned Amount Units (AAUs). Flexibility in how to achieve this reduction is provided through several mechanisms of obtaining and trading AAUs. The EU ETS is such a mechanism, allowing companies to trade emission certificates which become binding shifts AAUs between participating countries.

How can emissions trading be improved further?

Emissions trading does not yet comprise all sources of emissions, nor is it a worldwide market. Since climate change is a global problem, it must be tackled using a holistic approach which includes all types of emissions worldwide. You can start help doing this by compensating your emissions. In this way you include the emissions in the ETS.