Understanding Carbon Offsets
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Other Instruments for Claiming Emission Reductions

Some companies purchase other kinds of tradable instruments associated with GHG emission reduction claims or engage in transactions that include such claims. In most cases, these purchases and transactions are not subject to certification against standards required for effective carbon offset claims. Examples of some of these “emission reduction instruments” are listed below; follow the links for explanations of what they are and their suitability for making offset claims.

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Renewable energy

Energy efficiency certificates

Alternatives to purchasing

Distilled emission reductions considerations