Connecting the Dots: Common Questions About Carbon Offsets

Author: Sully Lineberger guides and advises clients on carbon management and corporate renewable strategies.

This is the sixth blog in our “Connect the Dots” series, intended to provide insight into how clean energy solutions connect companies to a variety of business advantages. In today’s installment, we will answer the most common questions about carbon offsets. Stay tuned for next month’s blog on how a multifaceted sustainable energy strategy sets your organization apart in a competitive industry. To read other blogs in this series, click here.

What are carbon offsets?

A carbon offset (also referred to as a Verified Emissions Reduction—VER) is the reduction of a specific amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from carbon mitigation projects. An offset ensures that one metric ton of carbon dioxide (CO2), or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases, such
as methane, is removed from the atmosphere or prevented from entering it.

What project types generate carbon offsets?

Project type refers to the technology used in offsetting carbon emissions. Project types can include land-use (e.g. forestry), methane capture and destruction, energy efficiency, and fuel switching. For example, carbon offsets used to reduce business travel emissions may be purchased from a dairy farm that is capturing methane, or from a forestry project sequestering carbon in trees.

Who buys carbon offsets?

As it is nearly impossible to eliminate all emissions through reduction efforts and efficiencies alone, the world’s leading organizations utilize offsets to affordably and credibly reduce their carbon footprint.   When organizations purchase offsets in a 1:1 ratio to counterbalance their emissions, carbon neutrality may be achieved.

How can Renewable Choice connect you to carbon offsets?

Renewable Choice sells only the highest quality, third-party verified carbon offsets. We source our products from a variety of global projects that utilize innovative technologies and provide a powerful story to share with stakeholders.  All of our emission reductions are registered with leading assurance agencies such as Climate Action Reserve, Verified Carbon Standard, WWF’s Gold Standard, and the American Carbon Registry.

For more information on how carbon offsets can complement your sustainability strategy, click here.

By | 2016-12-21T11:17:20+00:00 December 21st, 2016|connect the dots|

About the Author:

Sully joined the Renewable Choice green building team in 2007. He’s worked on over a thousand LEED projects and is proud to help clients make a positive impact. Sully’s a LEED Green Associate.