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Carbon Offsetting, The Way The World Is Going

October 30, 2009Article by Ray Withers

Carbon offsetting schemes the investment product of the future. That is according to Ray Withers, director of international property investment consultancy Property Frontiers, a big advocate of the investment model.

The growth potential for carbon offsetting schemes is immense, according to the firm. There are very few people that aren’t actively trying to lower their carbon footprint; wanting to leave the planet in good shape for their children and their children’s children. This is a trend likely to continue increasing in the future.

For those that don’t know: carbon offsetting schemes allow the purchase of something that is environmentally important, and is deemed to be worth a given amount of carbon credits. Carbon credits are the international currency of the environmentally challenged. The world is moving to limit carbon outputs, and 1 carbon credit purchased offsets the emission of 1 metric tonne of greenhouse gas.

Carbon offsetting schemes are not yet in the mainstream knowledge among UK consumers or even investors, but they are known about by those people who are trying to live life in a more ethical (green) way. They are also known about by countries nearing their limits for carbon emissions.

“Of those that are investing in carbon credits at the moment, many are doing so because of pressure from their children who learn about it at school or on Blue Peter, or because they work for an environmentally friendly company. However, most buyers are planning to sell the credits leftover after offsetting their own emissions and almost all are choosing the product because it can be put towards their Self Invested Pension Plan,” said Ben Jeffries, Property Frontiers sourcing manager.

Property Frontiers carbon offsetting scheme is the purchase of a strip of land in the Costa Rican rainforest worth 200 carbon credits per year. British families can use 18 of the credits to wash away their carbon output and sell the rest, sell all 200, or do nothing safe in the knowledge that they have played their part in protecting a piece of vital rainforest.

The minimum investment in the Property Frontiers scheme is just $12,200, and the expected return is 16.6% per year, based on the current price of carbon credits.

“This is the way the world is going; we are all under pressure to reduce our carbon footprint, and buying carbon credits is the only way that some people can or will do that. So demand is likely to see continued growth in the coming years, while supply will always be limited, which will see the price of credits constantly rising, and constantly benefiting the pockets of those shrewd enough to invest in carbon offsetting schemes,” concluded Withers.


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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