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It is the policy of Yacht Owners Direct to operate its business as a corporate citizen committed to sound environmental management and with concern for the well-being of our common environment. We believe that an appropriate balance can and should be achieved between environmental goals and economic health. We intend to be a leader in responsible environmental management within the maritime industry. To this end we have partnered with impactChoice due to the depth and transparency of their emissions reduction solution.

Global warming is the increase in the average measured temperature of the Earth’s near-surface air and oceans since the mid-20th century and its projected continuation, largely attributed to post industrial revolution human activity. The greenhouse effect is unquestionably real and helps to regulate the temperature of our planet. It is essential for life on Earth and is one of the natural processes of the Earth. Human activity has been increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (mostly carbon dioxide from combustion of coal, oil and gas; plus a few other trace gases). There is no scientific debate on this point. The problem is very real, globally relevant and affects every human being alive today.

On our collective journey towards low carbon living and the widespread use of clean, renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind and wave power, carbon offsetting offers a more immediate way to compensate for current emissions. The process involves calculating the total amount of equivalent carbon emissions produced that needs to be offset in Kg of CO2 and then using carbon offset credits

from recognized emission reduction projects.Through our partnership with impactChoice, we are able to calculate the associated carbon emissions of your rental, offset this amount and in turn issue you with a 100% guaranteed and verifiable micro carbon offset certificate.

Typically, many consumer offset programmes are based on the basis that consumers will make what amounts to a charitable donation, on the understanding that the funds will be utilised for projects that mitigate carbon emissions. After administration costs are deducted, the remainder of the purchase goes toward funding projects that will theoretically deliver some future carbon offset benefit. impactChoice believes this is a flawed approach.

impactChoice delivers true business and consumer value, while instilling confidence in consumer carbon offset programmes. Consumers are able to utilise certified and verifiable carbon offset credits in the form of a guaranteed and traceable impactChoice offset certificate. This is linked by a traceable serial number to a macro Voluntary Emission Reduction (VER), Certified Emission Reduction (CER) or Renewable Energy Certificate (REC).

These macro certificates are provided by recognised providers of VER, CER and REC offset certificates to ensure that funds support current and verifiable offset projects, such as emissions reduction, renewable energy generation, reforestation and avoided deforestation, biomass increase and soil carbon retention.

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