FAQs

Questions about Ecologi

  • How much of my money goes into climate projects?

    Our success is measured in impact, and this is reflected in how we spend your money. As an individual Ecologi subscriber, 85% of your subscription money goes directly to funding these planet-saving projects. Included with project costs are any incurred transaction fees carried out on your behalf.

    For our business customers, we charge a little extra to cover the extra costs associated with our Climate Positive Workforce® product. For these customers, 77.5% of the subscription revenue goes toward climate impact.

    The remainder covers everything else – including spreading the word, staff and premises costs, and hosting and licenses.

    Transparency and trust are core values of ours. They go hand in hand with responsibly putting your money to the best use possible. For those who are interested, you can view our Public Impact and Operations Ledger which lists our receipts and certificates – and we also publish financial reports on this site every quarter so you can see we’re keeping to our word.

  • Are you a registered charity?

  • Can this stop climate change?

  • How can you prove my impact?

  • Surely my carbon footprint isn't that big?

  • Can I call you about offsetting my business?

Questions about trees

  • What's stopping someone from cutting down the newly planted tree?

    This is an obviously important question that needs a good answer. We sent this question to one of our main tree planting partners, Eden Reforestation Projects, and this is their reply:

    • We work carefully with all levels of government to secure written agreements designating the restoration sites as protected in perpetuity. 
    • We hire local villagers to plant the trees. In this way, we alleviate extreme poverty within the impacted community. The villagers now have an economic incentive to ensure the wellbeing of the restoration project. They also have a sense of “ownership” over the trees and restored forest and they protect it with great care.
    • A minimum of 10% of the trees to be planted are agroforestry species (fruit, fodder and construction species designed to provide food security and benefit legitimate human needs). Over time these trees become a source of sustainable income.
    • We do all possible to supply the local villagers with alternative fuel sources (fuel efficient dry wood stoves and solar parabolic stoves), which reduces and or eliminates their dependence on charcoal.
    • We also hire forest guards as part of the labor force. Forest guards are part of the overall budget.
    • Most significantly, we have seen the villagers fall in love with THEIR forest. They also recognize and benefit from the restored forest through increase in fisheries, improved farming, cleaner water and the formation of micro enterprises.

    Within all of our tree-planting partnerships, we ensure that the same is true across the board – we will not partner with organisations who do not work to secure the longevity and safety of the trees our community is paying to put in the ground.

  • Why are so many of your trees mangroves?

  • What's the survival rate of these trees?

  • How much carbon does a tree sequester?

  • Is my footprint offset by newly-planted trees?

  • Who is checking to see the tree was planted, and whether it grew up?

  • What if there's a forest fire?

  • Are the species of trees being planted varied and appropriate for the sites?

  • How do we ensure the indigenous are protected?

  • Are the workers being cared for and paid fairly?

Questions about carbon offsets

  • What governs the price of carbon credits?

    Carbon avoidance credit prices are influenced by a huge number of factors.

    At Ecologi, our aim is to ensure as much money goes into funding climate solutions as possible, and that’s reflected in our commitment to very small margins on our prices.

    In terms of the underlying cost of carbon credits, there are a few factors in play:

    • Project type: some projects (for example, nature-based projects) are more expensive compared to others (for example, renewables).
    • Volume purchased: at Ecologi we routinely buy a lot of credits in bulk, which means that we can pass on the savings to our customers.
    • Vintage: the ‘vintage’ refers to the year the verified carbon avoidance took place. Since carbon avoidance projects run for many years, not all the credits are bought every year – so smaller volumes float around on the markets, and are often cheaper to acquire. At Ecologi, we generally commit to buying only credits with vintages eight or less years old – since we want to ensure that the credits are being measured using the latest methodologies and technologies.
  • What's the basic criteria for a good carbon avoidance project?

  • How can a project ensure it is doing what it says it is?

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