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GreenerFuture founder, Kinesh Chetty was asked to be a judge in 2013 inagural Lilizela Tourism Awards.  Here he is accepting an award on behalf of the Cape Town Convention Center from Hon Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism.  Kinesh’s pioneering work in the environment space led him to being one of the judges of this prestigious event.

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Official video of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010

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GreenerFuture supports local voluntary carbon markets.  Additional, internationally registered, credible and traceable voluntary carbon emission reduction credits. 

GreenerFuture is constantly striving to increase the demand for Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs).  The greater the demand for VERs, the more we will be able to aid carbon emission reduction project developers.  GreenerFuture purchases VERs that have been issued and verified by independent third party auditors.  All credits we purchase are listed on international registries and/or retired directly through us.  We are making the voluntary carbon market more accessible to environmentally aware individuals and corporations.  Catering to the individual who would like to offset his or her laptop to large corporate clients who want to achieve carbon neutrality.  Carbon offsetting simplified.

We purchase VERs from several projects, in turn supporting several initiatives.  We do this to achieve our dual goal of supporting emission reduction focused project types (i.e. methane abatement and waste management) and projects that include carbon and more social/biodiversity related benefits.  Our portfolio of VERs and projects is also constantly being updated and added to.  Please contact us if you would like to know more about the projects we support and the standards eligible for inclusion into our portfolio.

Enter the GreenerVerse

There is more to it than just carbon!  Have you thought about the ecosystems that hold it all together and make life on earth possible?

The effects of a changing climate are already being felt and there is an urgent need to conserve regions of high biological value as these regions house the ecosystem services vital for sustaining life on earth.  Basic natural processes such as the production of oxygen and filtration of air and water.

Think of an ecosystem as that very nice carpet you have in your living room. The carpet measures about 2 metres by 2. Now cut that lovely carpet up into 10 equal size pieces, put all the pieces together and measure your carpet. You will find that your carpet pieces still measure 2 metres by 2, but seriously, what is the worth of ten little pieces of unravelling carpet sitting in your living room? Ecosystems are the same - if they are broken up into pieces, they start to unravel and degrade; this means that they are no longer able to provide the same services as they once did.

What is happening to all of our ecosystems? Deforestation, the levelling of once pristine areas for commercial and residential developments and poor land use practices are among the few reasons we are losing threads that hold everything together.

You are probably still thinking about your carpet, aren’t you? Well, you could probably just go out and buy a new one; unfortunately the same doesn’t hold for the earth.  We have to start patching up those ecosystems as fast as we can!

You can start the patching up process by purchasing a GreenPatch, which offsets one tonne of carbon and donates R100.00 to the EcoSystemPatch trust mandated to ensure the intergrity of ecosystem services around the world. Click here to learn more about the GreenPatch and the ecosystempatch project.

Carbon 101: A bunch of hot air..?

Carbon.  What has it done and why is everyone so worked up about it?  Its presence is a threat to life as we know it, and yet it moves all around us daily and we barely notice...well for the most part.  So why is it so important?  The answer is a couple of reasons.  It is the gas mostly responsible for affecting the climate system.  We can accurately measure it and it can be used as a kind of marker or indicator for the potential of gases to influence the climate.  For instance, the methane that comes out of the rotting stuff found in landfills is 21 times worse for the environment than carbon dioxide (CO2).  So stopping 1 tonne of methane from going into the atmosphere is the equivalent of stopping 21 tonnes of CO2 from going into the atmosphere.  Stopping 1 tonne of nitrous oxide (a chemical used in fertilizer production) will reduce emissions by a whopping 310 tonnes of CO2!!  In this way, a carbon footprint can be used to measure our impact on the environment around us.  The current level constant generation of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) into the atmosphere is not sustainable.  And we as the custodians of this planet have to start acting now.

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Carbon offsets and projects

There is a wind energy park in Turkey that delivers clean, emission-free energy to the country’s grid.  Electricity that would normally have been generated by burning coal is displaced with clean naturally available energy.  The amount of coal that would have been burnt can be quantified and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) oversees an array of projects across the globe that generate Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). 

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What is GreenerFuture?

GreenerFuture is an environmental enterprise that strives to reduce global carbon emissions with innovative offset products that do more than just cancel out carbon emissions.

GreenerFuture is a specialist retail carbon offsetting company that goes beyond carbon neutral with innovative products designed to meet the needs of individuals and businesses alike.

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Carbon Neutral is just not enough!

balanceLet’s face it - if someone emits one tonne of carbon in one country and one tonne is offset in another, the net effect is zero.

Here is an analogy that might help: Imagine you have a basket of potatoes and each potato represents one tonne of carbon. Each year you add 20 potatoes into the basket, that is to say you release 20 tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. You decide to buy certificates to offset the 20 additional potatoes (carbon) you put into the basket. Most people would think that you are paying someone to remove 20 potatoes from your basket, when in fact you are paying someone to remove 20 potatoes from their basket, thereby levelling out the amount of potatoes between the two baskets. So in effect, your 20 tonnes of carbon have no negative impact on the level of carbon in the atmosphere. Some might say this is sufficient, but it stands to reason that, in fact, this transaction may not have had a positive impact on carbon levels either. Let us say we went beyond just carbon neutral and we offset 25 potatoes; this means that someone took 25 potatoes out of their basket on your behalf. Effectively you have neutralised your emission and reduced the level of carbon that would have been emitted into the atmosphere by 5. This is positive impact…

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