How it Works

The best way to reduce your carbon footprint is through personal conservation. But there will always be some emissions you can't eliminate. To help balance out your remaining footprint, you can fund emissions-reducing projects through TerraPass.

All TerraPass emissions reductions are checked and double-checked to ensure their environmental integrity. First the emissions-reducing projects are verified by accredited third parties. Then TerraPass itself is audited to ensure we meet the highest industry standards for accountability.

TerraPass members fund three types of leading edge projects:

Wind energy

Addressing the problem of climate change requires that we hasten the transition to an energy infrastructure that doesn't rely on coal. Wind energy is one of the most promising sources of clean, carbon-free electricity.

Unfortunately, wind energy is not yet cost-competitive with coal. That's where your TerraPass purchase comes in. By funding wind energy, you help to lower the proportion of our electricity that comes from coal or other fossil fuels, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and furthering our transition to clean power.

Biomass, or “farm power”

Methane is a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane is also a common agricultural byproduct. Globally, agriculture is responsible for about 50 percent of human-caused methane emissions.

Some enterprising farmers are turning this problem into an opportunity by capturing the methane from farm waste and burning it to produce electricity. Not only does burning the methane prevent it from reaching the atmosphere, but it also provides a source of carbon-free electricity.

As a further benefit, these projects provide an additional source of income for small farmers.

Landfill gas capture

The trash we bury in landfills decomposes slowly, producing methane which escapes into the atmosphere. Landfill gas projects capture the methane from landfills using wells, pipes, caps, blowers and other technology; and destroy the gas by burning it to generate electricity or by combusting it in a permitted flare. These projects are a great way to reduce the environmental impact of consumer waste.