GUIDE / Carbon Offsets
The carbon offsetting process
When it comes to carbon offsetting, it's absolutely critical that projects are fully certified against rigorous internationally recognized standards.
There are a number of standards out there, such as the Gold Standard, VCS and Plan Vivo. Each of these standards has strict methodological requirements for project developers to follow in order for carbon offsets to be recognized from their work. Third party accredited verifiers check projects when they are underway, and in the case of forestry offsets they usually perform field checks every 3-5 years to ensure modeled carbon sequestration is accurate. If you're curious as to how carbon sequestration verification works in the case of forestry projects - and don't mind diving into some deep research - check out this article: How do you measure the amount of carbon in a tree?
From Offsetra to project developers - the pipeline of carbon finance
At Offsetra we want to help people empower the carbon economy and humanity's path toward a more sustainable future. Every carbon offset purchase on our site helps finance future projects. You see, the majority of the projects that we help support, whether they be renewable energy or reforestation projects, would struggle to get started if it wasn't for the financial support from selling carbon offsets developed through their work. The more people price in their own emissions, the more we work toward not only reducing our own environmental footprints, but expanding the low-carbon economy of the future.
The role of accountability is extremely important in carbon markets.
The carbon economy would collapse if entities could simply say they had sold a carbon offset, only to sell it again to someone else. There's therefore strict controls on how carbon offsets are listed on financial markets and how they are retired which is the technical term for when they are purchased by an individual or business. Once you retire a carbon credit, you can't bring it back the market - and this is the case in every carbon market globally.
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