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Old 21 August 2009, 09:30   #1
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Does anyone know anything about making a race team or anything else for that matter Carbon Neutral please? Any grants or schemes? Any specialists in this field?

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Old 21 August 2009, 09:35   #2
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Don't you mean any cons or scams?

The only way is not to do it but there we are - do you REALLY need to bother? Just go out there and WIN - best of luck!!!

You could do something really useful and buy some woodland or something - direct action much better than giving money to brokers and merchants.

http://www.woodlands.co.uk/

Send me 100 and I will go and plant a load of trees for you - it's one of my strange hobbies - must have planted over 1,000 in my time. Makes me feel not quite so guilty about feeding my woodburner even though I stick to pallet offcuts!!!
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Old 21 August 2009, 09:42   #3
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Thank you for your reply, but I was hoping for something a little more constructive, I need something that is recognised so that I can prove I am doing everything possible - I have a potential sponsor who has signed an "Environmentally Aware" agreement with a customer and doesn't want to jeopardise that, so I need to make the team "Carbon Neutral" to keep everyone happy. I have no intention of getting into an argument over whether any of this is worth it or not as I am not qualified to make any comments, so please can anyone help?

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Old 21 August 2009, 10:20   #4
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Converting the vehicle you use to tow your boat would count wouldn't it, or increasing or promoting recycling at your shop.
I'd tend to go more towards what can be done at your work shop than what can be done to the boat?
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Cookee,

Not sure I am telling you anything you don't already know - but DEFRA can issue approvals for offsetting schemes (whether that actually makes them any good is a whole debate - but it would show you were being "dilligent" in selecting an accredited scheme).

http://offsetting.defra.gov.uk/

I guess you'll need to know how much carbon you want to offset? If you know how much fuel you burn (in the boat and towing the boat etc?). Each litre of petrol releases about 2.3 kg of CO2 if completely combusted.

If you were being really serious you might include carbon footprint of making the boat, heating your office etc!
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Thank you for your reply, but I was hoping for something a little more constructive, I need something that is recognised so that I can prove I am doing everything possible - I have a potential sponsor who has signed an "Environmentally Aware" agreement with a customer and doesn't want to jeopardise that, so I need to make the team "Carbon Neutral" to keep everyone happy. I have no intention of getting into an argument over whether any of this is worth it or not as I am not qualified to make any comments, so please can anyone help?

Thank you!
Cookee, Achievning Carbon Neutral status basically means that you offset unavoidable Carbon Emissions by doing stuff that generates Carbon "Credits" THis can include planting trees, running BIO Fuels in your vehicles, reducing road miles by avaoiding unecessary travel, Using manufacturing processes that reduce emissions, saving energy in your business by running efficient IT systems, lighting, aircon etc.You can also buy Carbon Credits if you need to make up the shortfall.

I guess as a startign point running the latest low emmission engines is a good start however I think you will have to plant a lot of trees to offset a pair of petrol guzzeling outboards
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Old 21 August 2009, 10:45   #7
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Buying biodiesel or bio ethanol from a recognised supplier would surely help?
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I know a customer who has CN projects in specialised tourism. if you like, I can post what they do, but it has nothing to do with boating, and I don't know what use it might be. So as not to take up space, I can send it to you in a PM if you like.
Let me know.
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Why don't you run your boat on wood, too; it is CO2 neutral?
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Cookie, This company has a large craft run on the same basis if this helps?
http://www.greenerideal.com/transpor...arbon-neutral/

Maybe something amongst their site to point you the right way
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