Case Study 17: Carbonarium

May 26, 2009

CB_Case17.jpgAssociation for decreasing its members’ CO2 emissions.

2005-, Hungary



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Summary of the case

Carbonarium is the name of an association (not-for-profit and non-governmental) in Hungary that was founded at the beginning (spring) of 2005. Carbonarium was founded with the main aim of decreasing its members’ CO2 emissions and also increasing climate change awareness of the general population. The members of the association keep track of their own CO2 emis-sions, compare them with one another, implement mitigation measures, and pay the member-ship fee based on their calculated CO2 emissions.

Based on the founding document of the association:

  • The aim of the association is to create a voluntary community of its members who believe that it is their responsibility and task to reduce the CO2 content of the atmosphere, accepting at the same time that the increase in the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is a global problem.
  • Members are aware of the negative impacts of their own CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, but undertake to use a certain part of their material and other resources to reduce their emissions or mitigate impacts.
  • Members of the association can be both individuals and organisations.

The most important aims for founding the association were

  • To help highlight the impacts of our lifestyles and its modifications using members’ own (measured) consumption data.
  • To create a community of members responsive to the global problem of rising atmospheric CO2 content.
  • To provide information to any interested party.
  • To influence public opinion and knowledge, with particular attention to young generations.