Try as they might, carbon offset suppliers and infrastructure providers will be ever-challenged by carbon controversies. So the market continues to band together to make Best Practice… well, better. In this issue (our biggest yet!) we bring you news of market efforts to preempt – or counterattack – assaults to the market’s claims to legitimacy.
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26 July 2011 | Try as they might, carbon offset suppliers and infrastructure providers will be ever-challenged by carbon controversies (after a while, they’re not even original anymore, are they?).
So the market continues to band together to make Best Practice… well, better. In this issue (our biggest yet!) we bring you news of market efforts to preempt – or counterattack – assaults to the market’s claims to legitimacy.
For example, a new forest-facing industry group recently launched to shore up the forest market foundations. The new International Forest Carbon Association will soon be seeking members among project developers and other stakeholders across the forest carbon supply chain – to fully launch IFCA in January 2012.
Meanwhile, the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA) is forging ahead with its effort to expand the market for its member retailers – most recently recognizing American Carbon Registry offsets as acceptable for use. UK buyers may also soon see a new “old” Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) for carbon offsets, revived by suppliers after the QAS was dropped last month by the UK government.
What’s the thinking behind having so many industry associations on top of standards on top of advisory boards on top of best practice initiatives? So the market faces fewer articles like this and more news like this, perhaps. Or this.
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