CO₂ compensation: what a climate neutral life costs – economy

By Andreas Jalsovec

Michael Bilharz leads a fairly exemplary life. With his lifestyle, he saves more greenhouse gases than it causes. He lives “climatically positive”, assures the 49-year-old man. What does that mean exactly? He reduced his personal carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions to five tonnes per year. For comparison: the average German citizen weighs eleven tonnes per year. Bilharz compensates for its five tonnes with so-called voluntary compensation payments. In doing so, he manages to make his life climate neutral. He is also involved in environmental and climate protection organizations and is involved in wind power plants. Ultimately, its carbon footprint is positive.

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