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  • Was ist der Co2-Kulturstandard?
    Mit der Einführung des CO2-Kulturstandards liegt nun eine einheitliche Grundlage zur CO2-Berechnung vor, die bundesweit vergleichbare Daten und Ergebnisse ermöglicht. Dieses Regelwerk bildet die Grundlage für die CO2-Bilanzierung von Kulturstätten und Veranstaltungen, erleichtert die Identifikation von Einsparpotenzialen und unterstützt die Entwicklung nachhaltiger Strategien zur Verbesserung der eigenen Klimabilanz.
  • What is your goal?
    Our first goal is to acquire 100 hectares of land and, as we understand it, leave it to nature. After that we need to define new goals.
  • Do you think we will reach the 1.5 degree target?
    No, we don't think so. We must now try to set up our environment in such a way that we can live with global warming of 1.5 degrees. And that includes increasing and protecting the forest cover. From our point of view, climate happens not only globally but also locally.
  • What kind of certification do you create?
    We don't want to and can't pay thousands of dollars to certification companies, so our certificates are VERs (Verified Emission Reduction Units). We thus clearly distinguish ourselves from the existing standards such as the gold standard of the "regulated" climate market. The certifiers are just another industry holding out.
  • Why aren't you certified?
    We believe that certification will not help us to achieve the 2 degree goal. The certification process is expensive. We prefer to invest this money in the purchase of additional areas. Since we only invest in Germany anyway, everyone has the opportunity to view our properties on site.
  • Why should you invest in Co2 compensation?
    Carbon offsetting is the practice of offsetting the carbon emissions caused by an individual's or organization's activities by investing in projects that reduce or remove an equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. This can include funding renewable energy projects, planting trees or investing in carbon capture technologies. There are several reasons why carbon offsetting is good for people. First and foremost, it helps to reduce the negative impact of our activities on the environment. Carbon dioxide is a major contributor to climate change, and its accumulation in the atmosphere can have devastating consequences for ecosystems, biodiversity and human health. By offsetting our emissions, we can reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and help slow the pace of climate change. Carbon offsetting can also be a way for individuals and organizations to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. By taking responsibility for their carbon footprint and investing in solutions that reduce emissions, they can send a message to customers, stakeholders and the public that they are committed to a more sustainable future. Overall, CO2 compensation is an important instrument for meeting the challenges of climate change and promoting sustainable development. By offsetting our carbon emissions, we can reduce our environmental impact, support social and economic development, and demonstrate our commitment to a more sustainable future.
  • If you have to reforest areas or create curbs - how do you do that?
    We always use local companies. The regional aspect is extremely important to us. If it's smaller work, we're happy to do it ourselves.
  • I read that it makes no sense to invest in forest projects...
    We see it completely differently. It is true that there is no point in investing in forest projects if they are located in countries where there are no real democratic structures and no good judiciary. That is why our commitment is limited to Germany. Forest projects are only sustainable if they are designed to last 50 years or longer. Ours are built to last. That's why we buy the land and don't lease it. No one knows what will happen after the lease expires. And yes, forests can burn down. However, this happens more frequently in forest plantations than in deciduous forests. A healthy deciduous forest is difficult to burn and deciduous forests are also more resistant to pest infestation. If we buy a property with e.g. pine trees, we will not intervene there if the bark beetle infests the trees. A renaturation then takes place with deciduous trees. The Co2 remains in the pine trees even if they die off due to the bark beetle.
  • Is only the Co2 binding important to you?
    No. But every square meter counts. And where there is no tree, one is planted. As we also have bogs, swamps and streams on our properties. The preservation and strengthening of the local ecosystem also applies here. We want to create resilient, species-rich deciduous forests.
  • Why should one invest with you?
    It is clear to us that the German state takes into account the climate performance of the German forest in order to achieve the UN climate goals. But the German state has no influence on the use of the forests. So "plantations" (artificially created forests for forestry use) are also included. We guarantee that "our" forests will never be touched again.
  • What about double counting?
    The term "double counting" occurs because carbon sink performance is taken into account twice, both in a country's national carbon footprint and in a company's sustainability report. Many nations deduct the climate reduction performance of all forests in their national territory from their emissions, which is why an additional reduction performance through a CO2 project cannot, strictly speaking, be viewed as compensation for an individual company. The Paris Agreement stipulates that these efforts to achieve additional reductions will be removed from the national balance sheet through so-called “corresponding adjustments” in order to avoid double counting. However, the implementation period for these corresponding adjustments is currently uncertain, which is why we now speak of “contribution claims”. In this way, a company contributes to achieving national climate goals by contributing to additional CO2 reduction performance without causing double counting.
  • How do you finance yourself?
    The purchase of the land is done with the profits of the GmbH or with privately purchased land from the managing director, which he cedes to the GmbH.
  • Can you just "just" donate?
    Unfortunately, this is not yet possible. We will try to set up a gGmbH as soon as possible. Then it is also possible to issue you donation receipts. At the moment you can donate "just like that". In return, you will be credited with twice the amount of m2.
  • What is your cost structure?
    As of 4/15/2023, our costs for the year are as follows: In addition, there may be court costs for the entry, as well as the submission to the IHK (no comment)
  • May I visit your properties?
    You are cordially invited to visit our properties. Since we are not permanently on site, we would even be very happy about it. Take photos and tell us if you noticed anything. Please note that we are overgrowing the properties. A fallen tree is a fallen tree if it doesn't bother anyone. Furthermore, overnight stays, parties etc. are of course prohibited. Walking in the forest is ok. Even with dogs.
  • Do you only invest in Germany?
    Yes, we only invest in Germany. There are simply not enough regional climate protection projects for CO2 compensation. In addition, we have little faith in climate protection projects outside of Germany. Our managing director, Till Mertens, has lived in South America for many years and has made his own experiences there. In addition, if you have to fly to South America to get an idea of the location... what does that do for your own CO2 balance? Furthermore, in Laos or Peru little or no legal certainty guarantees that the plantings will not disappear from one day to the next.
  • Are your properties "managed"?
    No, there are no forest rangers and no hunters on our property. The myth that a forest has to be cultivated comes from old aristocratic times in which only nobles and the church owned forests (it is still the case today for the most part). The aim was to sell wood, which used to be much more important, and to raise the game there so that it could be hunted. The hunting lobby is still very influential today. That's why it's also allowed to hunt in designated nature reserves. For us this is madness.
  • Who takes care of the land?
    We visit our properties regularly and check that everything is as we would like it to be. For reforestation, create bends, etc. Of course, we lend a hand ourselves. If it is a question of larger earth movements and planting campaigns, the nearest provider is always taken. Regionality creates a connection to the project.
  • Can I join you?
    If you have land yourself, we are happy to offer it with us. Just write us an email. If you know that someone wants to sell land cheaply, let us know. If you have your own ideas about how you would like to get involved...let us know.
  • How do you calculate the Co2 binding?
    We try to record the vegetation on our properties by hand in a timely manner and then use publicly available data to calculate the CO2 storage. As soon as we have recorded the data we will publish them on the website. If we don't have any data, we look at the photos we have of the properties and look at aerial photos.
  • What is a fair price for CO2 compensation?
    We thought long and hard about how a fair price could be composed. We consider the price of EURO 25.00-32.50 offered by other "compensation companies" to be unrealistic, as hardly anyone can afford it. Here are our thoughts: A fair price for carbon offsetting can vary depending on context and factors. However, some general considerations for determining a fair price may include: Overall, a fair price for private CO2 compensation would have to balance these different factors.
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