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Re: Carbon Trading Online, Part 2: Eco-Aware Consumers
Posted by: Jim Offner 2008-12-22 10:58:34
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That the term "carbon offset provider" has become part of the business lexicon may be an indicator that companies are finally getting serious about neutralizing their impact on the environment. Consumers are finding that the Internet can be a valuable resource in their own smaller-scale efforts to follow suit. There are online funds for planting trees, and there are sites for purchasing eco-friendly toys and energy-miser appliances, to name just a few examples.


Best Practice in the Voluntary Carbon Market
Posted by: ICROA 2008-12-24 02:06:02 In reply to: Jim Offner
Dear Jim,

To address concerns about the reliability of offsets bought in the voluntary offset market, robust standards for carbon offsets, like the Gold Standard and the Voluntary Carbon Standard, have been developed. Consumers can have complete confidence that these offsets result in real, measurable, and permanent carbon reductions.

In addition, 10 of the leading carbon reduction and offset providers have established the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance (ICROA). ICROA is a non-profit, membership organisation that promotes best practice in the voluntary carbon market. ICROA members agree to adhere to the ICROA Code of Best Practice and will produce a report annually demonstrating how they have done this. The ICROA Code can be found on our website www.icroa.org.

ICROA recommends a “reduce and offset” approach to carbon management, and requires that ICROA members use only the highest quality offsets, which have been independently verified to ensure that the offset projects make a real and permanent difference.

Kind Regards,

Tom Stoddard, ICROA Co-Chair
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