Frequently Asked Questions

What is CO2 and how does it affect climate change?

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) gas is referred to as a “greenhouse gas” because it allows sunlight to enter the atmosphere and, like a greenhouse, keeps the heat emitted by human activity trapped inside the atmosophere. This has a warming effect on the planet and upsets the natural balance of ecosystems.  CO2 is emitted by most human activities and technologies such as cars, planes, industrial processes, factories and energy production.  It is the major cause of climate change in the world.

What are greenhouse gases?

Often referred to as GHGs, the major greenhouse gases that affect climate change are carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, chlorofluorocarbons, and ozone. Human activity has greatly increased the amount of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

What is a carbon credit?

A one ton carbon offset removes one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon credits offset carbon emissions in one place by eliminating it from another place to produce a net carbon output of zero.

Why should I offset more than a 100% of my carbon emissions?

The mission of Carbon Harmony is to counteract climate change so that a lifestyle, a product, an event, a business or a project actually has a reducing effect on the amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the environment. Carbon Harmony projects go beyond carbon neutrality by offsetting more GHG than a project emits and causing a net reduction in the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted in the atmosphere.

What qualifies as a special project?

Any event that brings people together from a distance has potential to qualify as a special project.  Events such as concerts, tradeshows, corporate events, presentations, large parties, weddings are all great examples of special events. Other projects that can be offset are a business’s operations or product line.

What type of projects has Carbon Harmon offset in the past?

We have done carbon footprint analysis and offsets for the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Outside Lands Music Festival, KGO Eco Live, and an energy awareness project for Oracle Open World.

What methodologies does Carbon Harmony use?

Carbon Harmony’s Offsets are calculated following regulations made by The Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative, US Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, and in-house methodologies by Carbon Harmony’s expert staff in special situations.

What associations is Carbon Harmony part of?

Carbon Harmony is a founding member of the Business Council for Climate Change (BC3) and an associate member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX).

Can I speak with a Carbon Harmony representative who can help me calculate the GHG emissions for a special project?

Yes. Please call 415 648 1299 or email us to get assistance from a Carbon Harmony Representative to begin calculating the carbon emissions for your special project. Please read through the Carbon Offsets page before calling.

Can I get a refund?

Yes. See our Return Policy.