In this Activating Sustainability episode, our host Chris Peterson is joined by John Leppers, Director of Climate Neutral Group, and Ella Baz, Senior Analyst at Anthesis Group, to discuss a hot topic in the climate strategy and Net Zero world: carbon offsets.
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Join them as they explore:
- What carbon offsets are and how they fit within your wider sustainability efforts
- The origin of carbon offsets and how the carbon market has evolved and improved
- How to vet and verify carbon offsets according to industry-accepted standards
- Examples of standout carbon offset projects around the world
- How offset credibility has evolved and how organizations can respond to criticisms of carbon offsets
If you have any feedback on the podcast, get in touch with our host Chris Peterson at: Chris.Peterson@anthesisgroup.com
|Chris Peterson||John Leppers||Ella Baz|
|Director, North America||Director, Climate Neutral Group||Senior Analyst|
“For us, taking accountability of your remaining emissions after you’ve reduced to what you can is something that we would always encourage, and there is a way to deal with it well, and therefore, we believe it’s an additional tool that is required because we do need everybody to do what they can to give ourselves a fighting chance of curbing the impact of climate change.”
Inside the Episode
- Very often clients don’t have a great understanding of the whole carbon markets and the voluntary carbon market, and we help them understand that and we get some insights from them as to what their perspective is and what their challenges are. And then speak to deep specialists like John and our colleagues at Climate Neutral Group.
- You’ve got parties who are emitting, they’re reducing what they can, but because of either economic or financial reasons, they’re not able to reduce to zero immediately, and therefore they take accountability by for the remaining emissions, they’re looking to generate offsets.
- What does a carbon offset need to do? It needs to be real, measurable, permanent, additional, independently verified, and unique.
- That’s why offsets, they’re not perfect. We will never claim that, but they’re good enough.
- Methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than CO2. And if you’re able to capture that and turn it into renewable energy, it’s just a great way.
- Reductions in your value chain need to be a priority. They need to come first.
- Be very clear about the quality of offsets you’re buying. Are they coming from global registries? What is the project trying to achieve?
- Avoidance per projects and emission reduction projects are projects that avoid emissions from happening that would’ve otherwise happened.
- Shouldn’t governments secure forests already? Yeah, so why is it going through the voluntary carbon market to finance the activities to safeguard forest? And to be honest, I don’t know. I would love governments to step up and save all of the forest and guard them and do what we all hope them to do, but they’re not.
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