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.