Why is QFPC™ carbon credit premium?
The QFPC™ is premium, because it is not only the most cost-effective way of curbing climate change, but the QFPC™ carbon credits also improve the social-, and environmental situation in numerous other areas, which all contribute to the sustainable development of communities. Its premium quality is shown by the fact that the QFPC™ sustainability projects give six main benefits for the affected communities, countries and regions.
The one degree Celsius increase in global temperatures since the onset of the Industrial Revolution is primarily antropogenic, and the possibility that natural fluctuation is the only explanation can be practically excluded. The main problem is emitting greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere.
Due to climate change, extreme weather phenomena are more and more common, which have an effect on our everyday lives. The composition of the atmosphere, the surface temperature of Earth, the extent of snow-, and ice cover, sea levels, the system of atmospheric convection, the amount of precipitation, as well as its spatial and temporal distribution, along with the frequancey and intensity of certain extreme weather phenomena are proven to have changed for the worse. Changes in Europe are more extreme compared to the global average, and within that, the temperature shifts of Northern-, and Southern Europe differ as well, while the amount of precipitation in the two regions is changing in the opposite direction. In the case of a Middle European country like Hungary, changes in winter show the Northern pattern (strong warmth, minor increase in precipitation), while in the summer, they resemble the Southern pattern (srtrong warmth, definite reduction in precipitation). Different regions of the Earth are also affected in a different way by climate change. A global temprerature increase beyond 2 degrees Celsius (0.81 of which already happened) may have drastic, long-lasting effects that are detrimental to all countries, and which may not be reversed later. Such are the centuries-long sea level rise, the melting of the Greenland ice cover, or that of the underwater part of the North-Atlantic ice, or the significant climatic shifts due to the weakening of the global ocean conveyor belt.
By suppressing the population explosion, carbon emissions due to human activity will undoubtedly be reduced (e.g. deforestation in order to gain firewood or pastures).
Carbon footprint reduction
The European Communities agreed in 2011 that they will reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions in the following pattern: by 20% by 2020, by 40% by 2030, by 60% by 2040, and by 80% by 2050, related to the 1990 level. If these objectives are also met in the case of Hungary, then by 2050, per capita emissions will be reduced to about the third of the 2013 level. In Hungary, annual carbon footprint in 1990 was 6.71 tonnes, and it is 4.19 tonnes now, which is 62% of the former. Therefore, today’s level roughly equals the 2030 objective. The expected 2050 Hungarian annual carbon footprint is 1.34 tonnes, which is 32% of the 2013 level. Based on this, Hungarian emissions will be further reduced by 20 percentage points between 2030 and 2050, and then it will stabilize at that level.
Multiple studies have demonstrated that suppression of the population explosion is the most effective tool to reduce global carbon emissions. Moreover, preventing unwanted births not only reduces global carbon footprint, but all the other components of the ecological footprint.
Protecting nature and the environment
Preventing the additional 40% of the per capita ecological footprint beyond the carbon footprint results in a significant relief in several fields of environmental protection (e.g. less toxic materials and waste gets into the biosphere, and overburdening eases in the field of biodiversity, soils, forests, waters, infrastructure, energy, etc.)
Preventing unwanted births
Besides preventing the unwanted births, a lot of abortions, miscarriages, maternal and infant deaths are also prevented, while maternal and infant health is improved at the same time. Today, globally, hundreds of millions of fertile wives have no opportunity for contraception. All the while, contraception is a lifesaving medication, and general easy access to it would lower the number of mothers that die in childbirth significantly.
Improving society and the quality of life
Fewer unwanted children and overburdened parents suffer from psychological trauma and stress, crime rates and the occurrence of violent conflicts reduce, public safety improves, poverty decreases, as well as gender inequality, while more girls are able to study and acquire an income. Besides all of these, democracy and communication works more reliably in a smaller population.
The cause behind wars has usually been the touching of ecological footprints of different peoples. Population growth forces overcrowded societies to expand, to compete, and to fight for natural resources that are thus becoming ever more scarce. However, suppression of the population explosion (moreover, helping it to decrease temporarily) contributes to stopping the increase of ecological footprint of societies, and to attenuating their hunger for resources, which helps to ease tensions between countries. And peace is also good for business.
Positive effects on the economy
Providing family planning opportunities is by far the most cost-effective means of mitigating climate change, so from an economic standpoint, QFPC™ is the most reasonable choice of all the carbon credits. Moreover, suppression of the population explosion eases the budgetary burdens of public health, education, social safety net, infrastructure, law enforcement, environmental protection, etc. And of course, a more stabile country means more stable companies.