Buy yourself a tonne of CO2 emissions
September 19, 2008 4:08 AM Subscribe
posted by lucia__is__dada (52 comments total)
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is a not-for-profit website that allows members to buy up surplus "permits to pollute" that form the currency of the European Union's emissions trading scheme
(or EU ETSs
). Members can then "retire" them so that they cannot continue to be traded between the industrial polluters - cement, steel and car manufacturers etc - forced by EU regulation to operate within the system. "I suppose it's a bit like burning money in front of someone so they can't spend it on something bad," says the founder, Bryony Worthington, to the Guardian
Their site also has a map
where you can see the locations of the UK's biggest carbon emitters and their annual allowances.
A tonne of carbon is priced at
about €25 or £20 or $35.