Frequently Asked Questions

Climate crisis

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Those who still say that the climate crisis is not a problem or is not caused by humanity are lying or are ignoring the environmental evidence. We cannot keep assuming that the crisis will only affect the next generations or other countries. Scientific data say that the climate crisis will take lives in almost every country through more frequent extreme weather events.

The carbon footprint is a number of CO2 tonnes quantitatively representing the emission of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere caused directly or indirectly by a person or a company. 

CO2e means CO2equivalent, the unit of measurement quantifying the emissions of all greenhouse gases (CO2, Natural gas, N2O and refrigerants), based on their different global warming potential (GWP). For example, 48 kilograms of natural gas released in the atmosphere have the same effect as releasing 1000 kilograms (1 ton) of CO2. 48 kilograms of natural gas emissions correspond, then, to 1 ton of CO2equivalent, 96 kilograms to 2 tons, etcetera. 

Risearth calcola in 10 tonnellate la CO2 equivalente media pro capite italiana. Risearth ha determinato questo valore attraverso un’estesa ricerca scientifica e in totale coerenza con la propria calcolatrice. 

Other websites can show smaller carbon footprints than ours. Usually, this is due to a neglection of the emissions connected to goods consumption, including food, and the construction of public buildings such as roads and hospitals. These emissions exist and cannot be neglected by only considering transports and electrical power. It would be amazing, but unrealistic.  

Moreover, Risearth emission calculator was developed to simplify and streamline calculation for users. A simple calculator requires the use of average values for many quantities, including energy consumption per square meters in houses, and fuel economy of cars and motorbikes. 

 

The carbon credit is the unit of measurement used in selling, purchasing and compensating emissions. One carbon credit represents one ton of CO2e (see above), and it has a unique identification code generated by certification bodies in order to avoid frauds such as double counting of emissions.

Compensation

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Compensating our emissions reduces our climatic impact on our planet. Since many emissions we produce are inevitable, compensation is fundamental. 

Climate neutrality is a status describing the reduction of one’s own emissions to zero. While satisfying and zen-like, this should not be the final goal in the battle against climate change. We believe that we should overcompensate our emissions in order to have a positive impact on our unbalanced climate. 

We think that compensation is a solution not to be implemented alone. The achievement of climate neutrality must also include a plan for reducing our direct emissions. 

Buying carbon credits is greenwashing whenever these carbon credits are “deteriorated”, meaning that they do not actually have any climatic impact. A “deteriorated” credit can be too old, or it can belong to a project that would exist without the contribution (for example, a carbon credit paying for the conservation of a chestnut forest owned by a company which collects the chestnuts and it sells them. The forest already has economic value and the company will not cut it down, even without the money from the carbon credits that goes right into their pockets). Usually these “deteriorated” credits are very cheap and  malevolent companies buy them to greenwash their activities. 

The main point of our work is selecting carbon credits that have a real impact on the climate crisis. We do that by looking only at projects certified by bodies such as UNFCCC, and selecting those projects also having an important social impact on the local communities. This is how we avoid greenwashing. You can check our selection criteria by yourself here, and write us if you have any more questions.

If you compensate your emissions, you reduce to zero your climate impact. However, only by overcompensating you can have a positive impact on climate. This makes up for the fact that many people do not have the financial and social means to reduce or compensate their emissions. 

Indeed, reducing emissions is as important as compensating them. However, we need to consider that a 100% reduction of emissions is not possible. Compensation is the complementary way to take care of what we cannot reduce. 

Trees are very important for many reasons. This is why it is important to preserve woods and forests and plant new ones. However, there are various problems connected with planting trees to compensate emissions. In less developed countries, it is often difficult to guarantee that the planted tree will not be cut down and burnt. In addition, trees begin to absorb a reasonable amount of emissions only decades after they have been planted. This reduction of emissions will then have effect after more decades. We do not have decades to face the climate crisis, we have years.  

About Risearth

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We founded Risearth to help people compensate their inevitable emissions and to help companies compute, monitorate, reduce and compensate their emissions towards a zero emissions goal in 2050.

We found that carbon credits costing 15€ are the least expensive credits that still make the impact they promise. The cost per tonne is not estabilished by any law or agreement, and you can find on the market prices spanning from 1€ per tonne to 50-60€. The projects selling the cheapest credits are usually old, harmful to local communities, ineffective and/or they are not transparent. 

There are various organizations certifying projects, both governmental and non-governmental. They measure the effective impact of projects on climate, in order to sell the right quantity of credits on the market. Projects are monitored during their life, checking their additionality, verifiability, traceability, permanence, their contribution to SDG pursuit and their impact on local communities. We only purchase credits certified by GoldStandard (a NGO founded by WWF among others), UNFCCC (the organization representing the international treaty on climate signed by the UN), SouthPole and Verra (two very reliable organizations in the carbon market)

Impact on local communities is measured by various organizations and non-profits. There is a great deal of attention on this kind of impact, since some projects offering cheap carbon credits were proven to be dangerous to local communities. GoldStandard is one of the most transparent organizations on this topic. It was founded by WWF and other organizations, and it ensures maximum transparency on the carbon credit market. 

We as Risearth select among certified projects only those projects respecting our stricter criteria concerning cost, transparency, starting date, additionality, climatic and social impact. If you want to know more, click here.

We have various reasons, but the main one is that european carbon credits are much more expensive because the feasible, easy and cheap measures have already been implemented by european countries. Since greenhouse gases distribute on all Earth when emitted, we choose to sell truly impacting credits from developing countries in order to sell more of them and have a larger impact on the climate crisis. 

Purchases

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Risearth ha selezionato per te solo i migliori progetti. Ti basterà scegliere quanto compensare e se farlo con una transazione singola o sottoscrivendo un abbonamento mensile. Nel primo caso riceverai un certificato complessivo entro 48 ore mentre nel secondo riceverai certificati parziali ogni mese insieme alla fattura corrispondente e poi un certificato comprensivo di tutte le tonnellate compensate il 12° mese

Il certificato che riceverai sulla mail entro 48 ore dalla compensazione è un documento attestante il tuo impegno che potrai stampare e incorniciare. Il certificato mostra con un numero univoco i crediti da te acquistati. Qui trovi il documento che attesta il trasferimento dei crediti da Risearth a te.

Nel caso di un regalo ti basterà inserire il nome dell’intestatario del certificato e la mail a cui preferisci riceverlo.

Con l’abbonamento ti impegni a compensare mensilmente le tue emissioni. Ogni mese ti verrà prelevato automaticamente l’importo da te selezionato e noi ti invieremo una fattura con l’importo esatto mensile. Al termine del 12° mese riceverai il certificato che attesta il totale delle emissioni compensate. Dal mese successivo la compensazione ricomincerà con lo stesso obiettivo. 
Se hai bisogno di gestire il tuo abbonamento ti basterà contattarci cliccando qui.

Ti basterà chiedere la rescissione andando sulla pagina di gestione dell’abbonamento o scrivendo a nome dell’intestatario dell’abbonamento alla mail abbonamenti@risearth.com. Per essere certo di non pagare il contributo del mese successivo ti invitiamo a richiedere la rescissione almeno 5 giorni prima della data di riscossione. Se per qualche motivo, nonostante la tua richiesta sia stata ricevuta nei tempi prescritti, non avremo cancellato il tuo abbonamento in tempo, sarà nostro dovere rimborsarti totalmente il mese come specificato nel nostro Termini e Condizioni.

Per contattarci ti basterà scrivere nella live chat, alla mail info@risearth.com, usare il modulo contatti o scriverci sui nostri social. Sarà nostra premura risponderti il prima possibile

Risearth permette a persone ed aziende di ridurre il loro impatto climatico tramite il supporto a progetti che combattono il cambiamento climatico in giro per il mondo e rilascia certificati per attestare il loro impegno.