Making Sense of Carbon Offsets

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Making Sense of Carbon Offsets

  1. 1. Making Sense of Carbon Offsets Ewan O’Leary Offset Collective, Inc. 18th June, 2008
  2. 2. parts-per-million <!>
  3. 3. parts-per-million <@#$^!!>
  4. 4. Carbon 101 Fungible = freely exchangeable
  5. 5. 2,983 MtCO2e (World Bank) 20.4 Metric Tons/ yr (EIA) = 475 Trees (for 10 years) EPA
  6. 6. “One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases.” - Wikipedia
  7. 7. How Offsets Work CO2e into the atmosphere You CO2e Out of the atmosphere
  8. 8. Value the Priceless 1. Baseline emissions 2. Set an emissions cap Sightline Institute
  9. 9. Value the Priceless 3. Issue permits 4. Reduce the cap 5. Trade! Can we scale? Sightline Institute
  10. 10. Voluntary Carbon Market =Demand Consumer
  11. 11. LULUCF REDD Popsets? Renewables 200+ Methane project types
  12. 12. Follow the Money • Reduce costs • Promote investment • Drive innovation
  13. 13. “Additionality” Business-as-usual is not climate as usual
  14. 14. Important! • Transparent • Verifiable • Valid • Permanent • Vintage
  15. 15. Standards Source: EcoSystem Marketplace, New Carbon Finance, 2008
  16. 16. Some Variations • Geography • Project Type • Co-benefits Gold Standard VER CDM VCS CCX JI Green‐E
  17. 17. Does Will it Work? • Scale • Collaboration • Effectiveness $43-Trillion US (opportunity IEA)
  18. 18. Caveats 1. Bless me Father, for I have sinned 2. We can’t see the forest for the trees
  19. 19. Caveats 3. All your tree are belong to us 4. Is it just me or is this lifeboat leaky? 5. Death and taxes
  20. 20. DO SOMETHING! join a CRAG* *Carbon Reduction Action Group

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