Securing Climate Benefit: a Guide to Using Carbon Offsets

Gabriel daSilva

The world has finally awakened to the enormity of the climate challenge, but few people know what they can do to reduce their own emissions. You can begin by driving less and flying less, but you can also purchase carbon offsets. Here is a new guide to the basics.

20 November 2019 | The world has finally awakened to the enormity of the climate challenge, and many people are choosing to drive less, fly less, and eat more veggies.

We can’t, unfortunately, eliminate all of our emissions, but we can offset those we can’t eliminate by financing programs that pull greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere by planting trees or saving endangered forests, among other things. And to do that, we purchase carbon offsets — as you can see in this chart here:

But how do we know that the offsets we buy actually reduce emissions? That’s the question that the Stockholm Environment Institute and the GHG Management Institute set out to answer in a handy little flier called “Securing Climate Benefit: A Guide to Using Carbon Offsets”, which is available for download here.

Gabriel daSilva covers finance and trade flows as well as forestry and land use.

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