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Decarbonia API provides e-commerce platforms, retailers, banks, and food service companies with the ability to offer a carbon-neutral shopping experience to end consumers by providing access to Voluntary Carbon Markets and automated systems for purchasing carbon offset certificates through our company.

Decarbonia API allows end-consumers to make their shopping experience carbon-neutral by calculating the real-time carbon footprint of all products sold, including delivery and allows them to neutralize their carbon footprint, by purchasing carbon credits on their behalf. Moreover, if a supplier offers carbon-neutral products, Decarbonia API takes that into account and calculates and suggests the carbon offsetting fee only for delivery.

It is scientifically proven that increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere drive global warming, which in turn leads to extreme weather changes worldwide and threatens the resources and habitats of people. Greenhouse gas emissions primarily come from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, or gas. These emissions also arise from the production and transportation of products available on platforms like eBay. Under the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, almost all countries in the world recognized the urgent need for climate protection measures: in order to preserve the Earth as a habitable planet and to continue to sustain humanity, emissions must be drastically reduced worldwide.

Climate protection projects are projects that reduce, prevent, or capture CO₂ emissions from the atmosphere. There are many different approaches to saving emissions. For example, there are projects that actively protect endangered forests, plant new trees, replace fossil fuels with renewable energies, or use new and more efficient technologies to reduce emissions. Climate protection projects bring along with emission reductions additional positive effects and promote various goals for sustainable development set by the UN. This promotes a long-term and sustainable improvement in the living conditions of the local population.

When a climate protection project is developed that prevents or reduces CO₂ emissions, a carbon credit is created for every ton of emissions saved. This requires certification of the project by internationally recognized standards. A carbon credit is a certificate that is equivalent to the reduction or avoidance of one ton of CO₂, which can compensate for emissions caused. The purchase of carbon credits is an investment in sustainable climate protection projects worldwide that could not be realized without this financing through carbon credits.

Climate protection projects that are financed through the sale of carbon credits must meet strict regulations and are therefore verified and registered by third parties according to internationally recognized standards. Well-known standards include the Gold Standard, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Social Carbon, the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Standard (CCBS), or UNFCCC-verified standards. These standards also highlight additional benefits and guarantee that the project is real, verified, additional, and sustainable.

Additionality means that the emission reductions within a climate protection project go beyond a BAU (business as usual) scenario. This means that the reduced emissions would not have been saved without the implementation of the project. Furthermore, it means that the project would not be feasible without the revenues from the sale of carbon credits. In summary, a project is additional when it is financed through the sale of carbon credits and saves more emissions than would have been possible without this measure. A climate protection project is only recognized as such if its additionality is proven.

The CO₂ content in the atmosphere is an international problem that requires an international solution. Therefore, the location of a climate protection project does not matter. Many of our projects are located in less economically developed countries, as climate protection projects can achieve more positive effects for the population there.

The climate protection projects we offer would not have been realized without upfront investment or catalyzing intervention from the investors. We support projects by first investing in the production of CO₂ certificates and then selling the certificates to buyers. A portion of the proceeds from the sale goes directly to the climate protection project, while another portion is used for the registration and audit process, CO₂ registration fees, and Decarbonia’s own time and investment.

Emission reduction and compensation complement each other – following the motto “Do your best, compensate the rest.” To achieve the Paris climate goals, we must significantly reduce our CO₂ emissions. At the same time, climate compensation allows us to directly support climate protection projects here and now, which can also contribute to achieving these goals. This makes particular sense because unavoidable emissions occur during online shopping. The decision to make a purchase lies with the buyer. With compensation, we enable the purchase to be linked to a valuable contribution to climate protection.

Decarbonia has developed its own calculation model based on seller’s product categories to determine the CO₂ footprint of the products in the portfolio. The methodology of the calculation model follows existing and scientifically proven methods along the Greenhouse Gas Protocols. For each product category, Decarbonia calculated emissions based on an average product for each product category. These emmissions have been converted to CO₂ equivalents . To normalize the CO₂ footprint within certain categories, price caps for emission values were developed based on assumptions. In the absence of more accurate emission data, this is a common approach and should not suggest a strict direct correlation between price and a product’s CO₂ emissions. To model the transport emissions between sellers and buyers, Decarbonia analyzed different transportation methods and calculates the emissions based on the distance and seller’s transportation method. In general, Decarbonia usea a conservative approach in creating emission factors and product modeling, calculating higher rather than lower emissions per product category. This ensures that on average, customers compensate for an appropriate amount of greenhouse gas emissions per product category.