Terms and conditions - CO₂-compensation
1. Preliminary remarks
The non-profit organisation atmosfair gGmbH provides the opportunity to contribute directly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. For this purpose, it invests in appropriate climate protection projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The reductions effected by these projects are verified on behalf of atmosfair. atmosfair obtains the official certificates (Certified Emission Reductions (CER)), according to art. 12 of the Kyoto Protocol. These additionally meet the voluntary so called "CDM Gold Standard" of the international environmental NGOs. Depending on your donation, you contribute to a certain amount of emission reduction in a climate protection project.
You have the possibility to directly adjust your donation to the emissions caused by your flight. The emissions calculator allows for the determination of the emissions caused by your flight. While it works highly differentiated, it also applies default and average values that might potentially differ from the actually produced emissions and their effects on climate in their precise amount.
2. Utilisation of your donations
After deducting marketing and administrative expenses in the amount of ca. 9% of the revenues (mean value 2007-2012), atmosfair uses your donations to achieve emission reduction in the selected projects.
Despite the fact that atomsfair only selects projects whose partners are regarded as trustworthy, a partner's definite success in reducing emissions can not be guaranteed by atmosfair. If it turns out that a project fails to effect emission reductions as agreed, atmosfair will use your donation for investment into another project. atmosfair will stop supporting projects that fail to comply with their obligations, e.g. the Gold Standard. In order to avoid the loss of money, atmosfair will conclude contracts to these effects with the project eveloper. The validation and verification of the projects are effected by UN-accredited monitoring organisations (operational entities, such as the German TÜV) for whose activities atmosfair is not liable.
By accepting donations, atmosfair commits itself to save emissions for the amount of greenhouse gas indicated by the donator, and to cancel the respective CERs in the official registry of Germany. This provides the evidence for the permanent reduction of emissions according to the rules of the Kyoto Protocol. If no appropriate climate protection projects conforming to the CDM Gold Standard can be found or signed upon receipt of payment, the search for projects can be continued for a period of up to two years; otherwise, atmosfair may also invest in CDM projects not conforming to the Gold Standard. If the latter is not possible, donations may be used for other climate protection projects that possess the highest possible quality. atmosfair will save a smaller amount of emissions, if the savings in the indicated amount should not be possible with the amount paid by the donator minus marketing and administrative expenses due to unforeseen project costs.
atmosfair will regularly publish an overview of the overall donations received and the overall savings effected, at least in its annual report. Upon request, it gives access to its account at the official German registry account, where it stores permanentely the certificates on the emission reductions accomplished in the projects. Rights to information with regard to individual business transactions beyond this level do not exist.
Until the commencement of business by atmosfair, the forum anders reisen e.V. held your donations as trustee. The forum directly transferred the donations in your name to atmosfair.