Carbon Offsets Explained & How Carbon Offsets Work | How VERs Work

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View our map of the U.S. and International carbon mitigation projects we support.

Verified emission reductions (VERs), also known as carbon
offsets, are designed for companies looking to reduce the environmental impact
of their flying, driving, and some heating and manufacturing methods with real, verified
and permanent carbon reductions.  A VER
represents the reduction of one metric ton (2,205 lbs) of carbon dioxide or its
equivalent.  Each ton of emissions
reduced by a carbon reduction project results in the creation of one VER, a
commodity sold to finance these projects.

Renewable Choice supports a variety of domestic and
international projects
that conform to domestic and international
.  Our strategy focuses on
project’s that capture and destroy methane, a potent greenhouse gas recognized
by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a major
cause of climate change.

Why Methane?  Methane traps 251 times more heat in the atmosphere as carbon dioxide
and has a relatively short atmospheric lifetime of approximately 12 years;
making methane emissions reductions particularly effective at mitigating
climate change in the near term.  Its
destruction offers an immediate, measurable and permanent greenhouse gas reduction.  Methane capture also allow the gas to be used as a clean energy source.

Methane comes from a variety of sources both natural and
manmade, such as farm waste and landfills. 
Renewable Choice projects include a range of methane capture and
destruction technologies.

Read more about our carbon and renewable energy portfolios,
or visit our interactive offset project map to learn more about our emission
reduction efforts.

1 IPCC 4th Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007
By | 2009-02-24T03:25:10+00:00 February 24th, 2009|Uncategorized|

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