In order to raise awareness of their CO2 emissions, Selectra has created the Carbon Offset Gift Card to help individuals to reduce their CO2 emissions. For each ton of carbon offset, Selectra buys carbon credits which can be used to finance projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provides you with all the advice you need to reduce your emissions. Ready to take the plunge?
Give the gift of carbon offset
Raise awareness amongst your family and friends by offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions.
Choosing a Carbon Offset Gift Card
The Carbon Offset Gift Card comes in four packages, allowing you to offset all or part of your greenhouse gas emissions:
|Formula||Offset emissions||Source of emissions|
|Road Trip (£9.99)||1 ton of CO2eq||A trip|
|My first steps (£19.99)||2 tons of CO2eq||Your consumption habits in daily goods and services (energy, IT equipment, clothes, etc.)|
|Towards a sustainable consumption (£49.99)||5 tons of CO2eq||Your annual emissions: transportation, energy consumption and consumption of goods and services (clothing, IT equipment, telephone, etc.)|
|My Total Annual Consumption (£90.00)||10 tons of CO2eq||All CO2 emissions emitted annually by an average British person|
Contact us to get a Carbon Offset Gift Card by SelectraTo give the gift of carbon offset, you can fill in this form. For any specific request for a Carbon Offset Gift Card (individuals, professionals, employees, partners...), contact us at [email protected].
- Road Trip, designed for those who go on a trip, it allows you to compensate for a one-way trip to New York!
- My first steps, which offsets either the average emissions of a person in the UK linked to your consumption habits in daily goods and services (energy, IT equipment, clothes, etc.).
- Towards a sustainable consumption, which offsets half of the emissions of an average British person: transportation, energy consumption and consumption of goods and services (clothing, IT equipment, telephone, etc.).
- My Total Annual Consumption, which offsets all the CO2 emissions of an average British person.
By offering a carbon offset gift card to your loved ones, you are not only helping to combat global warming, but also offsetting their carbon emissions. Although the Selectra Gift Card helps to fight climate change and finances an environmental project, it should not be used as a substitute for daily efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.
Carbon offsetting: how does it work?
Carbon offsetting consists of financing environmental projects that reduce the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere. It is often used as a means of achieving carbon neutrality. It is often used as a means of achieving carbon neutrality. When we say we’re “offsetting our carbon emissions”, it means that we are financing environmental projects, such as the Gandhi Project, to offset part or all of the CO2 we emit into the atmosphere.
The average British person emits 10 tons of CO2eq per year, of which:
- 27% from transport;
- 23% from food;
- 15% from consumption habits and lifestyle (electronics, clothes, etc.);
- 35% from housing (energy, waste, etc.) and indirect emissions from the various services and administrations we all use.
In recent years, global warming has become more intense. The main cause is the accumulation of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This is why reducing greenhouse gas emissions is so important for our environment.
Reducing your carbon footprint is a 3-step process:
- Become aware of your carbon impact;
- Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions as much as possible;
- Offset all or part of the emissions that could not be reduced.
Download our guide on how to reduce your carbon footprint!
Carbon offsetting is mandatory for some companies and the signatory states of the Kyoto Protocol. For private individuals, it is called voluntary carbon offsetting, i.e. the voluntary financing of projects that are neutral in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, via the purchase of carbon credits. The final goal of a zero carbon footprint is for the individual's contribution to the greenhouse gas reduction project must be equal to the remaining emissions.
Generally, the money is invested in projects in developing countries to help them improve their energy efficiency or develop renewable energy.
Selectra: more than just an energy comparison service
Founded in 2007 by Aurian de Maupeou and Xavier Pinon, Selectra has become the leader in the comparison of energy suppliers, particularly for green energy, in France and Spain. The company currently has more than 1,300 employees in 10 countries, and in 2020 achieved a turnover of €63 million.
In addition to informing consumers and helping them save even more on their energy bills, Selectra is aiming even higher and, since 2019, has been offering individuals the opportunity to voluntarily offset their CO2 emissions with the Carbon Offset Gift Card.
Selectra supports environmental projects
With the help of EcoAct, a European consultancy firm specialising in climate transition, Selectra has chosen the Gandhi Project for its strong ecological impact. It consists of promoting the development of green energy in Porbandar, India (Gandhi's birthplace).
Within the framework of this project, 21 wind turbines have been built and produce more than 36 GWh of green electricity each year, allowing the offsetting of nearly 33,000 tons of CO2 to help with the country's energy transition.
In fact, 56% of India's electricity production is based on coal. This energy is inexpensive but very polluting and harmful. India's energy mix is far more polluting than that of the UK. For example, the production of 1 kWh of electricity in India emits 912 g of CO2 eq compared to 457 g in the UK. Thus, each euro invested in the project has a great impact on the environment and contributes to reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
For each ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) offset, Selectra finances the development of green energy via the Gandhi Project. This project is certified by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) set out by the non-profit organisation Verra, one of the reference standards for carbon compensation. This standard not only accounts for the number of tons of CO2 emissions reduced, but also monitors and verifies the project on site.
Frequently Asked Questions of the Carbon Offset Gift Card
Can I buy the Carbon Offset Gift Card?
Anyone in the UK can purchase the Selectra Carbon Offset Gift Card to raise awareness of their carbon footprint and take concrete action against global warming by supporting an environmental project.
When should I give the Selectra Carbon Offset Gift Card?
The Selectra Carbon Offset Gift Card is not seasonal. Whether it's a gift idea for Christmas, a birthday, or Mother's or Father's Day, the card can be given all year round. For example, giving the card to a loved one can be a way of offsetting their carbon footprint when they travel by plane. An eco-friendly gift that will make them aware of their carbon impact while encouraging them to take action against global warming.
What happen after buying a Carbone Offset Gift Card?
Once the gift card is purchased, the recipient will be told how much of their CO2 is being offset, and receive a carbon offset emissions guide on ways to reduce their personal carbon footprint and how their gift card will fund the reduction of greenhouse gas emission through environmental projects. To ensure the money has been invested in the environmental project, a carbon offset certificate is issued at the beginning of the following year.
More questions about the Carbon Offset Gift Card?
Don't hesitate to contact us at the following email address: [email protected]. The Selectra team will answer you as soon as possible.