Carbon Offsets

Avoided Deforestation

Avoided deforestation is the protection of existing forests. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and when they are cut down, that carbon is released into the atmosphere. Deforestation accounts for about 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions, so avoiding deforestation is a very important way to reduce our impact on the climate.

Cap-and-Trade Systems

A Cap-and-Trade System is a market-based approach to controlling pollution by providing economic incentives for businesses to reduce emissions. The government sets an emissions cap, and issues a quantity of emission allowances consistent with that cap. Emitters must hold allowances for every ton of greenhouse gas they emit. Companies can buy and sell allowances in a carbon market, and this establishes an emissions price.

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