Carbon offsets

Carbon offsets pay for projects that reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Are they all equal?
 
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  • Updated:16 Sep 2008
 

08.About carbon offset watch

Carbon Offset (CO) Watch is a joint project between the Institute for Sustainable Futures, Total Environment Centre and CHOICE. It aims to provide consumers with independent information to help buying decisions and to encourage the carbon offset industry to improve its standards and offers.

This article draws on the findings of CO Watch. The detailed CO Watch survey was sent to 57 providers. 20 companies (35%) responded. CO Watch is unable to recommend the non-respondents due to a lack of information. Additional research by CHOICE, separate from the Carbon Offset Watch assessment, found that some of the non-respondents sell offsets that aren’t accredited.

The full report and ranking methodology is available at Carbon Offset Watch. CHOICE thanks the authors of Carbon Offset Watch, Alison Atherton and Chris Riedy of the Institute for Sustainable Futures.

More information

For EPA Victoria and RMIT’s independent directory of carbon offset providers — go to Carbon Offset Guide.

On a lighter note

If you’re feeling bad about cheating on your partner, you can assuage your guilt by paying some other scoundrel to stay faithful. “Cheatneutral.com offsets your cheating by funding someone else to be faithful and NOT cheat. This neutralises heartbreak, pain and jealousy in the atmosphere, and leaves you with a clear conscience.” Go to Cheat Neutral for an amusing parody of carbon offsetting.

 

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