The Difference Between Carbon Insetting Vs Offsetting

April 22, 2024 3 min read

The Difference Between Carbon Insetting Vs Offsetting

As Earth Day approaches, it's a great moment to reflect on our environmental impact and the actions we're taking to mitigate it. At Moyee Coffee, sustainability isn't just a buzzword – it's a guiding principle that informs everything we do. And one of the key pillars of our sustainability strategy is our approach to carbon reduction.

The Evolution of Carbon Offsetting

You may have heard of carbon offsetting – the practice of compensating for one's carbon emissions by investing in environmental projects elsewhere. It's a concept that has gained popularity in recent years, with companies and individuals alike seeking ways to mitigate their carbon footprints.

But while carbon offsetting may seem like a straightforward solution, it's not without its challenges. One of the primary criticisms of carbon offsetting is its potential to be used as a greenwashing tactic, allowing companies to continue polluting while appearing environmentally conscious.

The Pitfalls of Carbon Offsetting

Carbon offsetting projects, such as reforestation initiatives or renewable energy investments, can take years – even decades – to effectively capture the carbon emitted by human activities. Moreover, these projects can sometimes have unintended consequences, such as the displacement of indigenous communities or the exploitation of natural resources.

Another example of carbon offsetting is when your chosen airline company offers you the option to pay a bit more for your plane ticket. A few euros extra and you have the possibility to compensate for the increase your carbon footprint faced over the weekend. Your airline company is promoting the possibility for you to pay a bit more for your plane ticket and you don’t have to feel too guilty: you can still go on the plane, it still flies, there will still be CO2 emissions, but somewhere else in the world is action being taken to offset the extra emissions emitted.

However, the problem with carbon offsetting, with most popular greenwashed terms, is that people love talking about it, love using it, but that it actually doesn’t really work.

You cannot call yourself environmentally friendly because you are “offsetting” when your whole business model is based around burning fossil fuels.

It’s like a licence to pollute the environment.


Introducing Carbon Insetting

So what is the real solution? Obviously, the real deal and solution is to stop emitting all greenhouse gases. And not to sound too pessimistic, that is not even enough. At this point we have emitted so much CO2, and left emissions cuts so late, that we are almost certain to miss our targets of limiting warming, while finding ways to remove CO2 from the air is still a challenge.

In response to these challenges, a new approach to carbon reduction has emerged: carbon insetting. Unlike offsetting, which involves investing in projects outside of a company's operations, insetting focuses on reducing emissions directly related to a company's activities. Carbon insetting demands companies to be conscious about their own carbon footprint and about taking the responsibility to act regarding. It creates opportunities for action and requires thinking beyond the direct product, a more holistic approach.

By partnering with carbon-absorbing projects within their sphere of influence, companies can take proactive steps to reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainability throughout their supply chains.

Moyee's Commitment to Carbon Insetting

At Moyee Coffee, we're committed to leading the charge towards carbon neutrality through carbon insetting. We believe that businesses have a responsibility to not only offset their emissions but to actively reduce them at the source.

Through initiatives like the True Price method, our 1 Million Tree Planting Campaign, and our low-carbon project in Kenya, we're actively practicing carbon insetting. By linking consumers directly to tree planting initiatives on the same farms where our coffee is sourced, we're not only offsetting our carbon footprint but also empowering farming communities and restoring biodiversity.

Additionally, we're taking steps to promote sustainability closer to home with our last-mile sustainability program in Amsterdam. This includes initiatives such as coffee waste upcycling services, recyclable packaging, and the implementation of rooftop solar panels.

By integrating sustainability into every aspect of our business, we're not just reducing our carbon emissions—we're building a more resilient and equitable future for all. Together, let's celebrate Earth Day by supporting companies like Moyee Coffee that are committed to making a positive impact on the planet.

Celebrating Earth Day Together

This Earth Day, let's recommit ourselves to the fight against climate change and the preservation of our planet. By embracing carbon insetting and other sustainable practices, we can chart a course towards a brighter, greener future for all.

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