To use the carbon calculator, input your transportation and energy use details to calculate your emissions in number of tonnes of CO2 (tCO2). To offset your emissions through tree planting, select the province in which you would like to plant your trees and the type of tree you would like to plant. Next, click on “I want to offset my emissions!”
Tree Canada’s carbon calculator is based on Natural Resources Canada’s Carbon Budget Model of the Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3)1 and on emission factors from the Government of Canada and the UK Government. 2, 3, 4, 5
Please note that if Tree Canada is unable to plant the selected tree species in the coming spring, Tree Canada will substitute one that will sequester a similar amount of carbon over 100 years.
1 Kull, S.J., Rampley, G.J., Morken, S., Metsaranta, J., Neilson, E.T., and Kurz, W.A. (2011). Operational-scale carbon budget model of the Canadian forest sector (CBM-CFS3) - Version 1.2: User’s Guide. Northern Forestry Centre.
2 Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. (2012). 2012 greenhouse gas conversion factors for company reporting. Retrieved online from https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/69554/pb13773-ghg-conversion-factors-2012.pdf
3 Environment Canada. (2013). National Inventory Report 1990-2011: Greenhouse gas sources and sinks in Canada. Retrieved online from http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2013/ec/En81-4-2011-2-eng.pdf
4 Natural Resources Canada. (2014). Fuel consumption ratings search tool. Retrieved online from http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/fcr-rcf/public/index-e.cfm?attr=0
5 Natural Resources Canada. (2014). Carbon Budget Model. Retrieved online from http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/climate-change/13107