I have been concerned about recent press reports that some carbon offsetting schemes are not being properly monitored and are unlikely to be achieving the claimed carbon dioxide reductions. How can I find a reputable offsetting scheme?

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I have been concerned about recent press reports that some carbon offsetting schemes are not being properly monitored and are unlikely to be achieving the claimed carbon dioxide reductions. How can I find a reputable offsetting scheme?

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The money you pay for carbon offsets is spent on schemes to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions elsewhere, generally in developing countries.

These schemes are quite diverse and can involve:

  • tree planting or forest conservation, to create carbon sinks

  • new renewable energy generation capacity, eg wind farms and solar panels

  • providing energy-efficient equipment, such as cooking stoves, to poor communities.

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