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    We buy emission permits and plant trees in Europe to offset your CO2 emissions.

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Why combine planting trees and buying emission permits?

To stop global warming, we need to reduce emissions and remove CO2 from the atmosphere. To offset your carbon footprint ForTomorrow does both.

More questions & answers

General

What happens if I subscribe?

If you subscribe, we will offset half of your carbon footprint by planting trees. For the other half we will buy emission allowances and take them off the market. In other words, we ensure that no one else can use these emission allowances. This reduces the overall amount of CO2 that can be emitted by climate-damaging power plants such as coal-fired power plants in Europe.

Can I deduct my climate subscription from tax?

You’ll get a donation receipt automatically per E-Mail in the first quarter of the following year. With this you can deduct the amount of your climate subscription from tax, if you pay tax in Germany. If you pay tax in another European country, the deductibility of donations depends on local regulations in your country.

How can I cancel my subscription?

At the moment you can only cancel your subscription by email. Please send a message to info@fortomorrow.eu.

How is your price set?

Our price is cost based, it consists of the costs of planting trees and EU emission rights. The level of our price reflects the high quality of our compensation measure. Planting trees in Germany costs about 10 times more than in developing countries. In return, in Germany we have the assurance that new forests will be sustained for a long time. The price of emission rights has risen sharply and that is good. For years it was only at €6 per tonne and has given organisations with large carbon footprints little incentive to emit less. Today one tonne of CO2 costs almost €30 (incl. VAT). But even this price must rise further in line with the transformation to a climate-friendly economy. Sweden, for example, has a national carbon price of €114 € per tonne and will most likely become the first industrialized carbon neutral nation. Even if prices increase, we want to make it possible for you to live a carbon neutral lifestyle. That’s why we also help you to reduce your carbon footprint. This is better for the climate and it will be cheaper for you to offset your remaining carbon footprint.

How are you financed?

We are a non-profit organisation and use a maximum of 15 % of the subscription price to sustain and grow our business. This means that at least 85 % goes directly to our climate protection measures.

Can I make a difference?

Yes, your behaviour makes a huge difference! Do you know the legend of the hummingbird? A terrible fire is burning in the jungle. The little hummingbird flies to the nearest stream, takes a few drops in his beak and pours them on the flames. Then it flies back to the water to get more—”Are you crazy” says the sloth “With a few drops you will never put out the fire” and the hummingbird answers: “I know, but I’m doing my part”.

The fight against climate change is about every tenth of a degree. Even if we can no longer prevent climate change, we can all do our part to keep global warming as low as possible. Every a tenth of a degree saves species from extinction, reduces sea level rise, combats drought and the spread of dangerous diseases.

Why don’t you offset with projects in developing countries?

We want to offer the best way to become carbon neutral. Offsetting projects in developing countries are based on a mechanism that expires in 2020. In the international climate agreement of Paris, all states—including developing countries—have committed themselves from 2020 onwards to their own climate related targets. Of course, it is good to help other countries achieve their climate related targets. This is sensible development aid. But our goal is to make you and thus Europe carbon neutral. To achieve this, we must reduce emissions here at home.

Trees

Why afforestation?

Just reducing carbon emissions is no longer enough. The atmospheric carbon dioxide has risen so much that climate change is continuing, even if the whole world lives carbon neutral from now on. That’s why we asked ourselves what the most effective measure would be to capture CO2 from the atmosphere. Experts made it clear: despite new, promising technologies, it’s most efficient and cost-effective to simply plant trees.

Why in Germany?

To be honest, it is most carbon and cost-effective to plant trees in tropical regions. So why not do it there? In order to capture carbon, long-term sustainability of trees is crucial. Freshly planted, the tree captures only small amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. The bigger it grows, the more carbon it captures. It is of little use if a newly planted tree dies from dehydration, falls victim to a wildfire or is cut down as a result of political decisions to convert the land into economically more attractive farmland. Therefore, we are planting in Germany. In Germany, forests are protected, for example, wildfires are quickly extinguished, and illegal logging is stopped. And it’s an important step to make Europe climate neutral.

How many trees must be planted to make me carbon neutral?

Climate-resistant forests are mixed forests. Therefore, we take an average value when calculating how much carbon the planted trees capture from the atmosphere. We are guided by the method of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is also used for the German Federal Forest Inventory. On average, four newly planted trees have captured one tonne CO2 from the atmosphere after 50 years. Therefore, we plant four trees to compensate for one tonne of CO2. Of course, the trees grow further after 50 years and continue to capture even more carbon from the atmosphere.

Who is your planting partner?

We work together with the Schutzgemeinschaft deutscher Wald for the afforestation projects. This nature conservation association has been planting trees throughout Germany for more than 60 years. The afforestation takes place on state-owned land, i.e. newly planted forests belong to the society.

How many new forests can be planted in Germany?

According to a recent study by ETH Zurich, an additional 3.18 million hectares can be planted in Germany. This is the amount we should reforest to do our part in protecting the climate.

EU Emission Trading

How can I reduce carbon emissions of the European economy?

In the EU, the energy sector, industry and, in some cases, airlines must buy emission rights each year for their carbon emissions. Just as you have to pay for the disposal of your waste, the companies involved have to pay for their carbon emissions. However, the amount of emission rights is limited. The EU has set a cap to ensure the reduction of carbon emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 (base year 1990). Therefore, there are only a certain number of emission rights. The emissions are recorded annually and checked by the TÜV. For these emissions, emission rights must be submitted, otherwise sanctions are implemented. If we buy emission rights for you, you take away the right to emit CO2 from an industrial plant. The plant must upgrade in order to causes less emissions or shut down. The result: Overall there is less CO2 emitted in the EU.

If there are less emission rights for coal-fired power plants, do we face the thread of a power shortage?

No, the reduction of emission rights does not change how much electricity is produced, just how. If there are fewer emission rights on the market the price will increase. In the short term, this price increase means that electricity will be produced with lower carbon emissions, e.g. in modern gas-fired power plants. In the long term, it leads to an increase of low-carbon energy sources e.g. solar or wind power.

Who receives the money from the purchase of the emission rights?

The European governments auctions emission rights on energy exchanges. The money collected flows into Energy and Climate Funds and is invested in climate protection. In Germany in 2018, for example, more than 1 billion euros were invested in low-carbon building refurbishment and in the development of electromobility.

What about the market stability reserve, does canceling emission rights really work?

The market stability reserve has been introduced in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to reduce the surplus of emission rights. Due to events in the past there is a large surplus of emission rights:

  • Too many emission rights have been made available to industrial companies and plant operators in relation to their requirements. Unused emission rights can be carried over from one year to the next.
  • In the course of the economic crisis in 2008/2009, emissions from industry fell more than expected due to lower production.
  • Plants could offset part of their emissions through emission reductions in developing countries.

Due to the surplus the EU decided to auction less and to transfer the non-auctioned emissions rights to a market stability reserve. The EU records not only how many emission rights are in the market, but also how many have been handed in for actual carbon emissions or simply cancelled. Based on the number of available emission allowances, the EU calculates how many emission allowances will be auctioned and how many will be transferred to the market stability reserve.

From 2023, excess quantities will be canceled from the market stability reserve. If you cancel emission rights yourself today, the EU may cancel less in the future. To prevent this, we will initially only hold the emission rights on our account. They are no longer available to the market because we do not sell them again. However, they are still counted as available surplus quantities by the EU and will lead to the EU canceling even more emission rights. We will only delete the emission rights when the EU stops deleting them. This is the case when no more emission rights are transferred to the market stability reserve. Under the current rules, this comes to life when the surplus of emission rights falls below 833 million tonnes.

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