What is meant by CO₂ budget?

A CO₂ budget determines how much CO₂ a country or person is allowed to emit in order to achieve the global climate protection goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. In Germany, German citizens cause an average of 10 tonnes of CO₂ per capita and year. In terms of the climate protection target, however, only 1 tonne of CO₂ per person and year is acceptable.

Our personal CO₂ balance depends on our lifestyle. However, even with the most sustainable lifestyle imaginable, we cause climate-damaging greenhouse gases. In addition to avoiding and reducing CO₂ emissions, offsetting is therefore an important instrument for counteracting climate change.

The budget approach shows how compensation mechanisms work as a bridging technology: If you offset a flight, these emissions do not disappear. However, emissions are saved elsewhere to the same extent. The balance remains balanced and so does the budget. However, it is myclimate's goal that this voluntary offsetting becomes superfluous in the long run: Through clean technological innovations and a binding pricing of CO₂ emissions in every product and every service.

With the myclimate CO₂ calculator you can calculate and offset your CO₂ emissions.

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