FAQ

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Why bother?

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Why compensate for my delivery?

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How do you measure how much carbon to offset or remove?

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Where does my money go?

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What is carbon offsetting? What is carbon removal?

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Why is it free? What’s the catch?

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Do you store my address?

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How do I use CarbonCroc?

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Why bother?

There have been over 2000 gigatons of CO2 released into the atmosphere over the past 250 year. That's 2 000 000 000 metric tons. That’s a lot of 0s.

Climate change is accelerated by these greenhouse gases and events such as forest fires, heat waves, sea level rise and extreme weather continue to increase.

To combat this, we must rapidly cut emissions. But the latest science tells us that this is not enough to put a stop to dangerous climate change. Indeed we need to not only lower emissions, but also REMOVE and store carbon that is in our air.

See this figure which shows the role of CO2 removal in climate change mitigation.

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Why compensate for my delivery?

CarbonCroc will offset or remove carbon to compensate for the carbon impact of your delivery.

As more and more people order online, the global retail market is going to reach a colossal US$4.8 trillion. The reverse side of this is that delivery logistics are increasingly complex. Orders often fail the 1st time, and the drivers need to attempt a 2nd or 3rd time to deliver the purchase. Furthermore, ordering single items or from multiple different places will increase the carbon impact relative to the size of the item being delivered. Finally, returning an item can double its transit carbon footprint as it makes its way back to the starting point. The ‘last mile’ between the fulfillment center and your home is costly for the environment. CarbonCroc wants to reverse this.

In the coming years there are going to be an estimated 7.2 million delivery vehicles on our roads producing 25 million tonnes of CO2. CarbonCroc is part of the solution.

Here are some quick tips from The Croc to reduce the carbon impact of your deliveries :

- Make sure you’re at home during the assigned delivery slot

- If you can’t be there, ask a neighbour to receive the package or get it delivered to your closest post office.

- If the shop is close by, use ‘Click and Collect’ and give those legs a stretch.

- Avoid returns by knowing your size and reading reviews. They can help you make the right product choice.

- If buying several items, order them from the same shop.

- Group your orders so that they aren’t delivered in individual packages.

- Prefer standard shipping over the fastest delivery option.

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How do you measure how much carbon to offset or remove?

CarbonCroc will compensate for the carbon impact of delivery between the warehouse the product is stored and your front door.

- There are a huge number of variables that come into play to measure how much CO2 is emitted:

- The distance to your house.

- The type and size of the delivery vehicle.

- How much traffic is on the road.

- The size and weight of your product.

- The speed of the delivery.

… Even whether your driver has A/C on in his van will make a difference.

Because we will never be able to measure exactly to the gram how much CO2 (or equivalent greenhouse gases) are being emitted, CarbonCroc will always overestimate and compensate more than necessary.

The information we collect from our users is only the product you buy and your address. We use these as variables to calculate the amount of CO2 to offset or remove.

Once your purchase has been confirmed through our affiliate link, we add this information to our algorithm, along with the closest warehouse, the estimated weight of your item and size, the average emissions for a modern delivery truck (currently 105g CO2 / tonne of freight).

We will publish monthly updates of The Croc’s offsetting and carbon removal :

Here on our Google Sheet

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Where does my money go?

At CarbonCroc, we follow the science. There are 3 main strategies to move toward negative emissions. Natural, combined and technological. Natural solutions are based a lot around afforestation or reforestation, soil carbon sequestration and other land based solutions. Technological strategies might be Direct Air Capture, accelerated weathering or CO2 to Durable Carbon.

Today, CarbonCroc invests in 2 ways:

1. Natural carbon offsetting thanks to Pachama. Pachama uses AI to drive carbon capture and protect global forests. They’re great.

2. Technological carbon removal thanks to puro.earth. Puro provides multiple ways of removing carbon as well as Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage BECCS options. A new marketplace for Carbon Removal technologies.

We like to get a head start, so we will always offset or remove carbon in advance. You can track our certificates :

Here on our Google Sheet

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What is carbon offsetting? What is carbon removal?

Many studies have shown that for a low risk and cost effective strategy in tackling climate change, we must invest in a variety of approaches in removing carbon from the atmosphere.

At CarbonCroc, we wish to invest across the portfolio of carbon-removal technologies in order to maximise the chance that we will be able to meet the ambitious international climate goals.

Carbon offsetting is “a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for emissions made elsewhere.”

Example: We plant a tree. This tree absorbs carbon. The carbon emitted from the delivery van of your online purchase is therefore compensated by the tree absorbing carbon.

However, carbon offsetting alone is not enough. The offsetting process does not reduce current emissions and therefore carbon removal also plays an important role in the transition to net-zero or even negative emissions.

Carbon removal is “a process in which carbon dioxide gas (CO2) is removed from the atmosphere and sequestered for long periods of time.”

One of the best known of these technologies is Bio-energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

Essentially, the CO2 released when the biomass is burned can be captured and removed from the natural carbon cycle.

There are numerous other ways of offsetting and removing carbon in order to compensate for the carbon impact of deliveries. We will be investing in them and explaining how they work as we grow.

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Why is it free? What’s the catch?

After you have installed CarbonCroc, we can use a merchant’s referral token on their website. This referral is essentially an ‘advert’ for the merchant. It is common practice for merchants to pay a fee or commission for bringing customers to their website who will purchase an item.

CarbonCroc uses this referral fee to offset or remove carbon after you have made your purchase. This is a similar model to ecosia if you know them.

If the cost of the offset or removal is more than the fee we receive, The Croc will make up for it out of pocket. If the cost of the offset or removal is less than the fee, we reinvest the surplus into building a better product and making CarbonCroc available to as many people as possible.

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Do you store my address?

No, we do not.

As stated in “How do you measure how much carbon to offset or remove” above, we use your address only for calculating how much carbon to offset or remove for your purchase.

Once we have finished our calculation, your address is deleted from our database. We will keep an anonymised trace of the product purchased and the amount of carbon removed so that we can track that we are fulfilling our offsetting and removal objectives.

Any other information provided to us (such as your email address) will never be sold and we will use it exclusively for keeping you informed of CarbonCroc updates and improving our product.

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How do I use CarbonCroc?