Carbon Offsets – with Tom Herman, AirCarbon Pte Ltd.

Episode 57

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Quantum Quote: “Make the journey the reward.” – Tom Herman

We all need to reduce our carbon emissions by becoming more efficient and using renewable clean energy. But, at the end of the day, most of us will still be stuck with aspects of our lives that hinder us from being 100% carbon neutral, and it will take civilization decades to reduce 300 years of carbon emissions. 

Do you want to lower your carbon footprint, but aren’t sure how to get beyond the basics? 

Carbon offsets reduce or capture the carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere, or take specific amounts of carbon out of the environment. With the right carbon offset projects, we can begin to counter balance our carbon footprints and support projects that actually reduce the carbon that is fueling extreme weather events around the globe. 

Tom Herman is AirCarbon Pte Ltd’s Vice President for business development and the Founder of Meta Carbon, as well as a father and an experienced entrepreneur, mountaineer, and software architect. He is passionate about working with carbon offsets and how it promotes clean and renewable energy, regenerative agriculture, and other carbon-reduction activities. Tom was also the CEO and co-founder of DashBid Media and COO of JumpTV – both of which contributed positively to the industry with DashBid Media being the 2nd fastest growing company in NYC in 2015 and JumpTV having streaming operations in over 200 stations. Tom was also featured in the 2020 Artisan Entertainment movie Startup.com that covered the birth and failure of dotcom govWorks.

For over 20 years, Tom has journeyed the world, starting companies and leading product development teams. He first learned about carbon offsets through AirCarbon’s Founders Will Pazos and Thomas MacMahon. With fungible blockchain tokens, Air Carbon is transforming a market that is currently fragmented, opaque, and disorganized – bringing transparency and liquidity to carbon trading and creating the basis for exponential worldwide carbon reduction.

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SuperNova #1. If you’re buying carbon offsets, make sure to understand how much of the money you spend actually goes to the project that’s developing the carbon offset. 

SuperNova #2. I frequently have people say that carbon offsets are just an excuse to continue to emit carbon, but I don’t agree with that. I think we need an all-of-the-above strategy to address climate change. That means every company – every individual – needs to work to the best of their ability to reduce their carbon footprint.

SuperNova #3. Storing carbon in the soil through agricultural processes is probably the biggest near-term opportunity for humanity. 

Worst Career Moment: “I’ve spent most of my life travelling the world. I’ve lived in various countries, and travelled to dozens of other countries. I now know that the carbon consequence of all this travel is really substantial, and so I need to rethink how I travel, where I travel. This is a sad reality for me, but it’s also important for everyone.” – Tom Herman

Aha! Moment: “I was reading this morning about a company called Planetary Hydrogen that makes hydrogen gas as an energy source, and they are making it through a really cool process that uses renewable energy. They do it in a way that addresses ocean health and captures carbon, and basically puts it into the equivalent of sea shells – which is what the ocean naturally does. Planetary Hydrogen has ways to make energy that are good for the environment.” – Tom Herman

Best Advice He’s Ever Received: “If you’re gonna do something anyway, you might as well do it with a smile.” – Tom Herman

Personal Habit that Contributes to Success: “I would say reading voraciously, although not books, mostly trade journals and articles, and running. Mindful meditation is important. My mindful meditation is running.” – Tom Herman

Book Recommendation: The New Map by Daniel Yergin 

Magic Wand: “A super high density, low weight battery solution that is not environmentally damaging to produce, or a miniature fusion energy production system that allows us to produce massive amounts of energy without environmental impact.” – Tom Herman

WTF or F: “On a sailboat off the coast of Columbia. It was supposed to be a day trip, but we ended up having to anchor in a mangrove forest near a relatively isolated island, sleep there overnight and wait for the weather to clear.” – Tom Herman

Most Energized About Today: “I am most energized about the increasing pace of change. I find it so exciting and so energizing to see how many new technologies and how many new ideas are coming up and being spread far and wide over the internet around the world everyday.” – Tom Herman

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