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CARBON OFFSET SCHEMES

These involve paying an organisation to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (by around the same amount as the carbon emissions you create through transport, lights, IT and heating), by investing in renewable-energy projects and energy-saving measures, and sequestering carbon through forestation. Some question forestation as a long-term solution. Climate Care notes that some 20 per cent of carbon is emitted by deforestation and - res and restricts forestry projects to that percentage of its portfolio. Offset organisations may also advise on strategy and analyse your 'carbon footprint'.

PRP, Feilden Clegg Bradley and John Gilbert Associates are using Climate Care, www. climatecare. org Jestico + Whiles uses Carbon Smart, www. carbonsmart. co. uk, run by Paper Round, which uses a mix of offsets from Trees For Cities (www. treesforcities. org) and Climate Care.

The CarbonNeutral Company (www. carbonneutral.com) used by Atelier Ten has a harder edge in terms of strategic advice and verification of your carbon use.

The Forest of Avon (www. forestofavon. org. uk) provides local tree-planting, used as part of its carbon offsetting by White Design.

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