The difference between offsetting and carbon footprint

A diferença entre compensação e pegada de carbono

Find out what makes the carbon footprint different and how to offset its impacts on the planet

Today we are going to talk about two basic concepts of the carbon credit market that, at first, can generate some confusion. But with contextualization and better understanding of the  meaning of each of these concepts, you will surely comprehend the importance of both for the health of the planet.

We’ve already talked on the Blog about how you can calculate the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in your year and better measure their impacts on the health of our planet by discovering what we call the carbon footprint. After performing this calculation, you can offset this footprint with carbon credits.

Because they are mostly mentioned together, the two things are sometimes confused. Check below for details on each term:


In a quick dictionary search you will find some synonyms for the word “compensate”, such as: balance, counterbalance, correct or cancel. At MOSS, when we talk about compensation, we want, above all, to present people and companies with the possibility of transforming this entire culture of negative impact on the planet’s health by calculating their “carbon footprint” and offsetting them through carbon credit .

The possibility exists because conservation projects for the Amazon rainforest are directly benefiting from the environmental compensation act. In other words, once you or your company calculates its  impacts, you can reduce that same damage through the MOSS carbon credit.

  • What is environmental compensation

When a company or enterprise attacks the ecosystem, it is responsible for environmental compensation, with the objective of balancing the environmental impacts caused in that region.

For this, the company must pay compensation for the environmental imbalance that it caused or is expected to cause, this amount being incorporated into the overall costs of the project.

Environmental compensation is a public policy instrument, supported by Brazilian Law. Exemplified by Law No. 9.985/2000, known as the National System of Nature Conservation Units, and Law No. 6.938/1981, which institutes the National Environmental Policy.


The carbon footprint is a methodology created to measure greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere (regardless of the gas emitted, it is converted into carbon equivalent). These emissions come from products, services or processes throughout their entire life cycle. The burning of fossil fuels, the raising of cattle in pastures, deforestation and the manufacture of plastic bags are examples of activities where these greenhouse gases are emitted.

Created by researchers William Rees and Mathis Wackernagel in the 1990s, the carbon footprint is a crucial indicator for saving the planet from environmental collapse. Greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and cause profound climate change, so the larger your carbon footprint, the more it negatively affects the planet’s health.

It is important to emphasize that the concept of carbon footprint is not linked only to large companies or large industries. Each individual leaves their own footprint on the planet. When using a gasoline-powered car, you leave your carbon footprint, which ranges from the process of producing and transporting that car, to burning the fossil fuel that makes the car work.

Even simpler attitudes like eating a plate of rice or a piece of meat leave their marks, because until these foods reach your plate, they go through processes that emit greenhouse gases.


It is common to wonder about how to calculate this “carbon footprint” that we talk so much about here. To help you or your company calculate your respective carbon emissions, MOSS has created a digital calculator.

In the MOSS Calculator you will answer questions about your daily habits, such as how much, on average, do you spend on gas per month, how many pieces of clothing you bought in 2020, what means of transport do you usually use in your daily life etc.

After answering these quick questions, in just three minutes, you will know how many tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) you emitted in a 1-year period, your performance against the global average (which is 6.54 tons per person) and how you can offset your carbon footprint with the help of MOSS.


One way to offset carbon footprints is to buy carbon credits. If you want to offset your company’s emissions, we can help you act with solutions and recommendations on where and how to minimize their impacts, ensuring the preservation of thousands of trees in the Amazon.

To help you calculate the carbon emissions of your business, MOSS has created a specialized platform to provide the best proposal for neutralizing your activities. In return, you can secure international recognition with Carbon Friendly, Carbon Neutral and even Carbon Negative seals.

In the last year alone, MOSS had a growth of 1.325%, we compensated more than 150 companies. Companies like Amaro, C6 Bank, Gol Linhas Aéreas, Hering, iFood and Arezzo&Co are compensating for their impacts in favor of environmental health.


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