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us: Carbon offsetting


  • Here are entered works on the practice of compensating for the carbon dioxide emissions produced by one activity or in one location, by voluntarily paying for a corresponding reduction in such emissions produced by a different activity or in a different location. Works on an internationally regulated, market-based "cap-and-trade" program designed to reduce the emission of polluting gases into the atmosphere by allowing participating polluting nations or companies to either reduce their total emissions or buy credits from less polluting nations or companies are entered under [Emissions trading.]
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    • us: Carbon offset trade
    • us: Carbon trading
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    • found: Work cat.: The Carbon Trust three stage approach to developing a robust offsetting strategy, 2006: p. 2 (offsetting a way for organisations to indirectly cut their carbon emissions to tackle climate change; carbon offsets are generated from projects that reduce the amount of greenhouse gases entering the atmosphere; carbon offsets (or carbon credits) can be used for compliance as well as for voluntary purposes; a voluntary offset market commonly known as the offsetting market)
    • found: Wikipedia, Nov. 9, 2007 (Carbon offset. Carbon offsetting is the act of mitigating ("offsetting") greenhouse gas emissions. The idea of paying for emission reductions elsewhere instead of reducing one's own emissions is known from the closely related concept of emissions trading. However, in contrast to emissions trading, which is regulated by a strict formal and legal framework, carbon offsets generally refer to voluntary acts by individuals or companies that are arranged by commercial or not-for-profit carbon-offset providers. Nonetheless some formal standards for voluntary carbon offsets are emerging)
    • found: Climate change, carbon trading, and civil society, 2007: p. 4 of cover (Carbon offset trade)
    • found: Carbon trading in the ECE region, 2003, 3002.
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    • Here are entered works on the practice of compensating for the carbon dioxide emissions produced by one activity or in one location, by voluntarily paying for a corresponding reduction in such emissions produced by a different activity or in a different location. Works on an internationally regulated, market-based "cap-and-trade" program designed to reduce the emission of polluting gases into the atmosphere by allowing participating polluting nations or companies to either reduce their total emissions or buy credits from less polluting nations or companies are entered under [Emissions trading.]
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    • Note under [Emissions trading]
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    • 2007-11-14: new
    • 2009-03-18: revised
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