Carbon Offsets

Going Beyond our Mission

While many companies claim carbon neutrality, it is limited to their scope 1 and 2 emissions. Our approach is to include our scope 1, 2, and major 3 emissions and in 2018, we included all scope 3 emissions in our neutrality claims. We estimate that major scope 3 conservatively represents 55% of our total scope 3 emissions.

Carbon offsets are not a panacea, but as we are doing our best in terms of reducing our emissions, carbon offsets are a practical mechanism that allows us to go further than what we can do alone.

Scopes Definition

Our Journey

Macmillan selects carbon offsets from trusted partner organizations that maintain credible standards of third-party verification and auditing once the projects have been implemented. In 2018, Macmillan worldwide offset 130,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and offset more than 100% of Scope 1, Scope 2, and major Scope 3 emissions to reach “carbon neutrality” for our global corporation! Many of the projects we support are located in or near areas in which we operate, procure manufacturing, or are in areas around the world that need sustainable conservation to preserve the landscape and provide extended societal benefits while also supporting livelihoods and local economies.

Our Partners

We work with several different carbon offset companies including: Carbon Footprint,, ClimateCare, FirstClimate, Natural Capital Partners, and South Pole Carbon. We have supported these projects as well as many others in the last several years: 

Forest Preservation

Forest preservation projects supporting forests in Brazil, Canada, Panama, the United States, and Zimbabwe.

Methane Reduction

Methane capturing at several landfills and Biodigesters in the United States near our larger offices. 

Renewable Energy

Wind, Solar, and small Hydro power plants in Texas and China and cookstoves in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda.

Paper Manufacturing

Supported an on-site biogas digestor at a paper mill in China to assist with wastewater treatment.

A video from our partner, First Climate

Macmillan has supported several cookstove projects throughout the world over the years. Although all business models are different, they all support a reduced reliance on wood and other natural resources for fuel as these solutions are more efficient than traditional cooking methods. Secondly, they are often safer as less time is needed scouring for resources. Thirdly, there is a lower risk of fire and smoke inhalation with these new tools as well.

First Climate