The role of carbon offsets in the climate emergency
Your carbon offset questions answered
What's the basic criteria for a carbon offset project?
Real: There is evidence that this project will actually remove emissions
Additionality: This requirement ensures those removed emissions would not have happened without being financed through the carbon offset market. This requirement must be determined by a third party.
Measurable: For a project to be certified it must be accurately measurable.
Permanent: The project must meet a standard to ensure the emission reductions are permanently removed from the atmosphere.
Verifiable: Independent third-parties must be able to routinely verify the project is making the stated emission reductions all through the project’s life.
Leakage: This is to prevent negative side effects of the project operating.
How can a project ensure it is doing what it says it is?
Which standard is the best?
How can you provide carbon offsets so cheaply?