The World Land Trust has become the first UK charity to launch a scheme that lets businesses and individuals work out their carbon emissions, and helps offset them.
Clients enter details of their activities on the website (www.carbonbalanced.
org) and within a few hours the trust will reply with advice on how best to cut their emissions and waste production.
"We protect threatened habitats worldwide and have been increasingly involved in the science of carbon sequestration as we want to use our reserves to purchase carbon credits under the Kyoto protocol," said Gerald Watts, development officer at the trust. If it gets permission to trade carbon credits under the Kyoto protocol later this year, the trust will become one of the first agencies to operate on the market in 2006.
The Carbon Balancing Programme will be revealed to companies at an event in London next month.