Carbon emissions offsetting for Biomessen

Since 2014, we have been supporting organic trade fairs in offsetting the carbon emissions caused by the events. Instead of buying emission certificates abroad, we have developed a concept that enables us to offset the emissions within our own supply chain on regional farms, which also improves their sustainability. This method of offsetting emissions is called insetting.

The measures reward farms for their environmental performance while increasing the productivity and resilience of the soil.
Insetting project details

Biomessen organises local trade fairs across the length and breadth of Germany. To compensate for the event’s emissions, they cooperate with local organic farms on more sustainable land management. A total of seven farms are involved, farming almost 1,900 hectares.

At the start of the project, we calculated the carbon sequestration potential of each farm. During the cooperation period, the farms sell the sequestered carbon potential in the form of emission certificates to the organic fairs. This financial compensation allows the farms to adopt more emission-friendly practices.

The original estimate identified between 0.2 and 5.1 tonnes of carbon sequestration potential per farm and hectare per year. Re-sampling in 2019 confirmed the majority of the original calculations.

These insetting measures reward farms for their environmental stewardship while increasing soil productivity and resilience. For Biomessen, this regional and transparent concept fits perfectly with its own aspirations.

More on Insetting
Figures from the cooperation farms
Hof Dannwisch, Hamburg
Intercropping, reduced tillage
Tonnes of CO₂ sequestered
Tonnes of CO₂ sold
2014
153
114
252
189
252
189
227
170
227
170
2019
227
170
Biohof Engemann, Kassel
Green manure, reduced tillage
Tonnes of CO₂ sequestered
Tonnes of CO₂ sold
2014
172
129
434
326
434
325
391
292
2019
391
292
Hof Döllnitz, Halle/Saale
Improved compost management, reduced tillage
Tonnes of CO₂ sequestered
Tonnes of CO₂ sold
2014
2.426
1.819
2.339
1.754
1.859
1.394
1.308
981
1.308
981
2020
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305
Hof Geißelbrecht, Heilsbronn
Reduced tillage, improved manure compost management
Tonnes of CO₂ sequestered
Tonnes of CO₂ sold
2014
902
676
714
535
714
535
571
428
571
428
571
428
2020
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795
Project partner
Responsible for this project
Maike Ladehoff
Impact Consultant