View over cottongrass blossom in the moor, © Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH/
© Ostfriesland Tourismus GmbH/

How to off­set your emis­sions

Sadly, it isn’t always possible to make a journey in a completely environmentally-friendly way. However, there is a way to enjoy your holiday with a good – and green – conscience. Simply offset the emissions you have produced! Using CO2 calculators from compensation agencies such as myclimate or atmosfair, you can quickly calculate how much CO2 your car journey or flight has generated. You can then offset this by contributing financial support to climate protection projects across the world. In this way, you can support sustainable development and achieve a carbon neutral journey. 

Or simply offset your emissions directly at your location in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) and protect our moors! More than a third of German marshlands are located in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), but most of these areas have been badly damaged through drainage and peat extraction. These dry, destroyed moors emit large quantities of greenhouse gases and thus contribute to climate change. Intact moors, on the other hand, are true climate protectors! They absorb a lot of carbon, and preserve biodiversity. On purchasing a Moorland climate certificate, you are symbolically procuring a piece of ‘climate moor’ in the North Sea-Elbe-Weser-Ems region, thus allowing it to be rewetted. The best thing about this is that in addition to climate protection, you are also supporting species conservation and nature conservation as well as flood water protection. If you would like to find out more about the climate protection function of the moors, please visit Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) Moor Information Centres such as the MOORWELTEN (Moorland worlds).

In addition to the moors, forests also help to preserve our climate. Trees store large quantities of CO2, and thus assist in combatting the greenhouse effect. Make a donation to charitable organisations such as the Bergwaldprojekt e.V., the BUND or the Stiftung Unternehmen Wald to contribute towards climate protection and thus offset the emissions from your holiday trip.