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A carbon offset service that can make your Antarctic holiday carbon neutral.
With Penguin Offset, you can calulate your share of the CO2 greenhouse emissions from the
planes & ships in your Antarctic holiday and then offset these emissions so that your
trip to Antarctic is carbon neutral.

About Carbon Offset

When you offset the carbon emissions from your Antarctic cruise through the Penguin, you will recieve a personalised Penguin Offset Certificate, like the one shown below. Read more below.

Step 1: Fill in the form with details of your Antarctic holiday.

Step 2: We will use our Antarctic Cruise Carbon Calculator to assess your share of the CO2 greenhouse emissions from the air travel and cruise ship in your trip.

Step 3: We will send you a proposal that shows:
a) the carbon footprint of your trip, measured in tonnes CO2;
b) a fee proposal to ‘offset’ these emissions;
c) a link to the payment page.

Step 4: You pay for the Penguin Offset.

Step 5: We 'buy & retire' carbon credits to match your emissions, and then send you a link to the carbon credit registry to confirm that the carbon offset transaction is complete.

Step 6: We send you a personalised Penguin Offset Certificate.

Step 7: You share with friends and family that your Antarctic Holiday was carbon neutral through the Penguin Offset.

Carbon offset is an established industry that helps to neutralize the CO2 greenhouse emissions from one activity (e.g. the carbon footprint of Antarctic tourism) by financially supporting projects that, either:

  • Remove CO2 from the atmosphere (e.g. by growing trees or soil carbon improvements)
  • Prevent CO2 entering the atmosphere (by fostering energy efficiency or renewable energy)

Penguin Offset fosters this transaction by calculating the Antarctic tourists' emissions (measured in tonnes CO2), and then 'retiring' an equivalent amount of carbon credits.

Through this transaction, the Antarctic Cruise emissions are 'offset' and the trip to Antarctica can be said to be 'carbon neutral'.

Penguin Offset matches your Antarctic cruise emissions
with effective carbon reduction projects.

Produces greenhouse emissions   Reduces greenhouse emissions
 
 

Penguin Offset is very particular about the types of projects that our carbon credits are created from and we source these carbon credits from the right partner organisation: the South Pole Group.

Penguin Offset's co-operation agreement with the the South Pole Group connects you to the world's leading premium emission reduction project developer:

A Penguin Analogy

To understand carbon offset, consider this satirical analogy:

You are a penguin and it is a particularly frosty day so you go to the hot-tub to warm up.

But you find that there are already penguins in the hot tub and the water level is right up to the edge.

What's more, there is a big, hungry leopard seal sleeping next to the tub.

If you get in the hot-tub, the water will rise and wake the leopard seal. The leaopard seal will then wake up and start feasting on penguins - and you will be partly to blame.

So, you have two options:

- abstain from the hot-tub

- pay one of the other penguins get out of the hot-tub on your behalf

If you pay a penguin to get out of the hot tub, you can get in without waking the leopard seal. To make the transaction offical, you get a reciept from the departing penguin.

To demonstrate to your fellow hot-tub penguins that your arrival hasn't jeapordised their safety, you show them the receipt.

That's how carbon offset works except that:

  • the hot-tub is the atmosphere
  • the water level is the concentration of CO2 gas in the atmosphere
  • the leopard seal is dangerous climate change
  • you are the carbon emissions from your Antarctic holiday
  • all the other penguins are all the other people in the world
  • the penguin who gets out is the CO2 that is reduced by the wind farm
  • the receipt is your Penguin Offset Certificate

Think about it for a while.

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