What is "Carbon Neutral"?

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Being carbon neutral, also known as carbon neutrality or having a net-zero carbon footprint, means that an individual, organization, event, or even a whole country has balanced the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) they emit with an equivalent amount of GHGs removed from the atmosphere or offset in some way.  

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Entities produce greenhouse gas emissions through various activities such as burning fossil fuels for energy, deforestation, industrial processes, and more. These emissions contribute to the greenhouse effect, leading to global warming and climate change. 

Carbon Offsetting: To achieve carbon neutrality, an entity must either reduce its emissions or invest in projects that remove or offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. This can involve initiatives like reforestation, renewable energy projects, or technologies that capture and store emissions. 

Carbon Credits: Some entities purchase carbon credits to offset their emissions. A carbon credit represents a reduction or removal of one ton of CO2 or its equivalent. By buying these credits, organizations contribute to projects that result in emissions reductions elsewhere. 

Renewable Energy: Shifting to renewable energy sources like solar or wind power can help reduce direct carbon emissions. In this case, the entity's energy consumption is powered by sources that don't produce as many greenhouse gases. 

Energy Efficiency: Improving energy efficiency in operations, manufacturing processes, and buildings can also contribute to lowering overall emissions. 

The goal of carbon neutrality is to minimize the impact of human activities on the climate by balancing the release of greenhouse gases with actions that either prevent their release or remove them from the atmosphere. Many businesses, cities, and even entire countries have committed to becoming carbon neutral as part of global efforts to address climate change.  

At The Bare Home we recognize the importance of addressing our environmental impact and reducing our carbon footprint by supporting the renewable energy transition through partnering with Bullfrog Power. 

Bullfrog’s green electricity comes from a blend of wind, solar, and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities. Bullfrog Power sources green fuel from waste streams related to food and feed manufacturing, as well as post-consumer cooking oils from restaurants and kitchen facilities. Bullfrog's green energy purchase is also helping support new, community-based renewable energy projects in Ontario and across Canada. Learn more about how the bullfrogpowered community is advancing these projects here.