CarbonLock is an ecolabel born in Sweden in 2020.
The idea is simple: every time a product or a service from a CarbonLock Partner is purchased, CO2 emissions in Europe are being reduced.
With its efficient and transparent system, CarbonLock is aiming at being among the most powerful and coherent environmental solutions in the world.
For the consumer, purchasing products or services from CarbonLock Partners is a way to act on CO2 emissions in a simple way and on a new level.
For businesses, partnering with CarbonLock becomes a tool to fight for the planet together with their customers, and show it clearly. You can read more here.
The next question that comes naturally is: how can CarbonLock reduce CO2 emissions in Europe for every purchased item or service?
First of all, at CarbonLock, we believe that the best compensation is the one that is not needed.
Therefore, we work to ensure that CO2 will not be released at all instead of trying to compensate it.
How? Let us go a little deeper.
In 2005, the European Union created the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS).
This system sets a sharp legal limit to the yearly CO2 emissions of the heavy industry (major polluting companies in Europe), limit which is represented by a yearly number of emission rights (EUAs).
Logically, the more emission rights (EUAs) on the market, the more CO2 can be released by the heavy industry. Seen the other way around however, the less EUAs available on the market, the less CO2 can be released.
This is where CarbonLock and its Partners come into play.
CarbonLock gathers funds through its Partners, which are used to delete (buy and freeze) EUAs from the market, ensuring less CO2 emissions in Europe from the heavy industry.
The CarbonLock process is simple.
The Partners dedicate a percentage of their turnover to CarbonLock, meaning that a small part of each product or service’s price is directly transferred to us. This participation enables us to buy emission rights (EUAs) from the European Union and delete/freeze them.
On top of this, the money dedicated to buy EUAs is reinvested by the European Union to fund virtuous and environmental projects, giving a double impact to the CarbonLock action.
As we are decreasing CO2 emissions all together, our Partners are getting recognized for being a key in the process, attracting more customers who decide to purchase through them instead.
The consumers, for their part, are becoming direct actors reducing CO2 emissions at a new level as soon as they purchase from our Partners.
Long story short, the CarbonLock process is a virtuous circle.
It is extremely simple, transparent, and benefits every actor involved.
Of course, the more people and Partners are taking part in this adventure with us, the bigger the impact will be, and the faster we can push the change towards a sustainable society.
Climate change and CO2 emissions are two related challenges that we are all facing today.
There are loads of initiatives being taken, yet things are not moving fast enough on a global level.
This makes us feel powerless when debating how to stop or even just to slow down global warming.
Many of us probably felt disillusioned when thinking about the amplitude of the task.
We did, too.
How can we save the environment when we can only act at our own scale at home?
How can our voice be heard only by gradually changing our ways of consuming?
How can we even make sure to have a positive impact on the climate, to begin with?
This is why CarbonLock created this label.
We want to give the opportunity to each and everyone in the society to directly act as a clear and powerful driving force at a European level.
We want everyone in the society to be able to act, not only at their own level but also directly at the level of the biggest decision makers in Europe.
Our label is currently growing in many places, showing clearly who our partners are.
Be part of it and check out our partners !
So far, our label is primarily active in Sweden. We are however already in the process of working with several other countries in Europe, such as France, Norway and Germany.
Keep an eye out in the coming months, new businesses are joining
our network regularly!
About the founders
Thomas comes from Bordeaux, France, has a master in mechanical engineering and has been working as a Program Manager for the better part of 6 years for Kongsberg Maritime
Elio comes from Montpellier, France, has a master in biology and is working as a researcher on CO2 emissions and carbon sinks at the University of Göteborg