Strategies for Avoiding Lower-Quality Offset Credits

Strategies for Avoiding Lower-Quality Offset Credits

As the prior sections make clear, carbon offset credits are not a typical commodity. Although carbon offset programs provide some assurance, purchasing high quality offset credits is not as simple as buying any “certified” credit issued by an offset program. It is common to tell credit buyers to “do their homework,” and indeed such advice is appropriate for organizations with the time and resources to do so. In this section, we describe both thorough and simpler strategies for steering clear of lower-quality offset credits.