Frequently asked Questions

Carbon Removed

Where does my money go?

Minimum 70% of your money goes directly to our removal projects to make sure your carbon footprint is removed quickly, sustainably and permanently.

The remaining 30% is used for everything else. We need to spread the word, run our business and create new features.

We also publish a more detailed breakdown on our transparency page.

Where do I find proof?

We make all of the invoices and certificates we receive from our partners available on our public ledger so you can see that we are removing your carbon footprint.

How is my carbon footprint removed?

Currently 98% of your emissions will removed by trees sequestering CO₂ and 2% by direct air capture and storage of CO₂. Find more details about our removal projects and what we have achieved so far.

After creating a subscription or purchasing a custom removal amount we will plant and maintain enough trees to make sure your chosen amount is compensated. Furthermore, we will routinely turn enough CO₂ into stone with direct air capture and storage. All transactions with our partners are publicly available as proof of this statement. You will receive a certificate of removal from us as verification that you are compensating parts of your footprint.

Learn more about the technicalities about how CO₂ is removed from our air sustainably and permanently.

How do you guarantee the carbon removal?

Our primary focus is to reverse climate change through guaranteed, permanent and sustainable carbon dioxide removal and this is reflected in the methods and partners we choose to do so.

To compensate your carbon footprint, we only support carbon dioxide removal and not carbon credits, which are ambiguous and not guaranteed. At the moment we support tree planting and direct air capture and storage.

The method direct air capture and storage has by nature a solid guarantee as it is constantly capturing and removing CO₂ from the atmosphere, turning it into stone which will remain solid and unchanged for thousands of years.

Trees are also an excellent natural carbon sink provided they do not rot and are not burned as this will release the CO₂ back into the atmosphere. When selecting tree planting partners we will only choose those which can guarantee that the trees will be properly maintained and under no circumstances be cut down for at least 30 years (realistically the trees will stand much longer than this).

Sadly natural disasters such as wildfires do happen and we cannot guarantee against these occurrences. Where possible we do contribute and maintain existing forests as well as supporting the replanting of destroyed lands.

The partners we choose who help us plant the trees or use their ‘direct air capture and storage’ machines are selected extremely careful. Learn more details about the carbon removal projects we support under this link.

What happens if I cancel my subscription?

All CO₂ removed in your name will stay captured and removed from the atmosphere.

Cancelling your subscription is possible any time. Simply send a message to hello@carbonremoved.com and we will stop removing CO₂ for you.

Don’t worry though - all CO₂ currently removed will stay that way - captured in your name and the certificates of proof are yours to keep.

All trees planted will remain standing with future maintenance covered by our pool of active subscribers and future sequestration allocated to fresh subscribers if possible. If not the trees will be a gift from us to the planet.

What differentiates you from other companies in this space?

Removal, not Reduction.

This subtle yet important point is our key selling point and differentiator.

Our existing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are a lot higher than they should be and this will require some work to bring down again.

Other companies focus on reduction of future emissions (carbon credits) but we know that unless the existing excess is tackled, we will not make it to the future to begin with.

Carbon Removal versus Carbon Credits?

“Carbon credits” are certificates that are created and sold by projects that aim to reduce future emissions. While these projects may have a great social impact they do nothing to combat previous emissions and the existing excess of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. For example, providing “green coal” to communities in Africa may help those people produce less carbon dioxide however emissions are still being released. The difference in CO₂ between these “reduced” emissions and the original emissions is what makes up a carbon credit and this is sold as offsets to people and businesses.

“Carbon removal” on the other hand actively extracts and permanently removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Compensating footprints in this way is essential to undo the existing excess of carbon emissions and to fight the climate crisis.

Why are you so expensive?

Science - once the carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere it’s a lot harder to remove again. We have an excess already and this must be removed (as well as emissions rates reduced) to ensure our survival.

We also support a variety of technologies of varying costs to make sure that as much progress as possible is made in this area.

As we grow our buying power will increase and prices will drop - your support today will help us get cheaper in the future.

Learn more about how we calculated the price on this link.

Die Wissenschaft diktiert den Preis – Kohlenstoffdioxid (CO₂) aus der Atmosphäre zu entfernen ist schwierig und kostenaufwending. Wir haben bereits einen Überschuss und dieser muss entfernt werden (zusätzlich zum extremen Senken unserer Emissionen) um unser Überleben zu sichern.

  Wir unterstützen eine Auswahl von Technologien mit varierenden Kosten um sicherzustellen, dass so viel Fortschritt wie möglich im Bereich CO₂ Entfernung gemacht wird.
  
  Während wir wachsen steigt unsere Kaufkraft und die Preise sinken – deine Unterstützung heute wird uns helfen billiger zu werden in der Zukunft.

Climate Change

Why does the climate change?

The ice age cycles from the last 3 million years were caused by periodic oscillations of Earth’s rotation and orbit, which lead to changes in the distribution of sun light.

Earth’s rotations and distance to the sun are not the only factors determining the climate, Earth’s atmosphere has a profound impact on the climate as well.

Learn more about the causes of climate change.

Is the climate changing?

In Earth’s history the climate has always varied and thanks to modern science we are able to calculate how it has changed in the last few million years. There were mild periods like the one we are in at the moment, but also states in which giant ice sheets covered the northern continents.

Learn more about the climate and how it changed.

What is climate change?

Climate change traditionally refers to the constant, natural fluctuations in the Earth’s climate however recently has become the common term for the man-made, rapid changes happening since the Industrial Revolution.

Learn more about climate change.

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