Offsetting our remaining CO2 emissions

The second commitment of our Greenhouse Neutral Programme is to compensate all CO2 emissions we cannot avoid. For the seven emissions sources covered in the second phase of our Greenhouse Neutral Programme, we bought and retired VERs for a total of 80 700 tonnes of CO2e in 2016.

We are keen to ensure that the VERs we buy are of a high environmental standard. Therefore, we have developed a set of criteria to select the projects generating certificates. In particular, we give priority to those which create strong social side effects and benefit the poorest regions. You can read more about the compensation project we selected in 2016 in Focus: Efficient cooking stoves for India.