Education

What is carbon neutral?

The concept of carbon neutral has two components: a carbon footprint and the acquisition of carbon offsets.

Carbon Neutral  =  Carbon Footprint↑ –  Carbon Offsets↓

Greenhouse gases keep the earth warm. They act like a blanket. However, that blanket is getting denser as greenhouse gas emissions rise disproportionately. This is what causes climate change.

Every human and company on earth causes the release of greenhouse gases; like the use of electricity that is generated from coal, driving, using phones & computers, food production, waste etc.

Fortunately, we can calculate the greenhouse gas emissions of either a person, household or company. The total of these carbon emissions (usually calculated for a 12-month period) is called the carbon footprint. The footprint is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Carbon offsets are created from regulated actions taken to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. For example, it could be a program to grow trees or a program to replace coal-fired electricity with solar systems. One offset equals one tonne of carbon dioxide.

Becoming carbon neutral happens when the number of offsets acquired equals the total emissions as per the carbon footprint.

Education in climate change mitigation and adaptation

Ecoprofit is well-versed in climate change science, carbon & energy management, renewables, energy efficiency, carbon offsetting and carbon management change.

We can conduct in-house carbon & energy courses or workshops on our clients’ behalf. We can do classroom presentations or by webinar. Further, we can design in-house programs specifically for your application.

Ecoprofit has an extensive knowledge base in climate change science, carbon & energy management, renewables, energy efficiency, carbon offsetting and change management processes to adapt carbon & energy programs.

Winton Evers is a facilitator for Carbon Training International, facilitating their Certificate IV Carbon Management course. As part of that engagement, he co-wrote and facilitated two-day workshops in energy efficiency and cogeneration.

He has been involved in a number of Office of Environment & Heritage programs facilitating energy efficiency and renewables one day education programs throughout NSW.

Winton has conducted approximately 400 business and household energy audits.

Working with Bill McGhie from Carbon Training International, Winton designed, constructed and wrote all the materials for an energy efficiency kit for WSROC. It includes a model house demonstrating passive cooling & heating methods, lightbox to compare different lamp power consumption, conductivity display to demonstrate heat transference between different materials (including glass), variable speed drive display and accompanying notes.

Carbon Training International conducts a suite of courses in carbon management. Please go to http://www.co2ti.com for information on available courses and times. Winton facilitates a number of these courses.