The Resource Carbon offsets : the U.S. voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office

Carbon offsets : the U.S. voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office

Label
Carbon offsets : the U.S. voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants : report to Congressional requesters
Title
Carbon offsets
Title remainder
the U.S. voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants : report to Congressional requesters
Statement of responsibility
United States Government Accountability Office
Title variation
  • Carbon offsets
  • U.S. voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants
Title variation remainder
the United States voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Carbon offsets--reductions of greenhouse gas emissions from an activity in one place to compensate for emissions elsewhere--are a way to address climate change by paying someone else to reduce emissions. To be credible, an offset must be additional--it must reduce emissions below the quantity emitted in a business-as-usual scenario--among other criteria. Assessing credibility is inherently challenging because it is difficult to make business-as-usual projections. Outside the U.S., offsets may be purchased on compliance markets to meet requirements to reduce emissions. In the U.S., there are no federal requirements and offsets may be purchased in the voluntary market. GAO was asked to examine (1) the scope of the U.S. voluntary carbon offset market, including the role of the federal government; (2) the extent to which mechanisms for ensuring the credibility of offsets are available and used and what, if any, related information is shared with consumers; and (3) trade-offs associated with increased oversight of the U.S. market and including offsets in climate change mitigation policies. This report is based on analysis of literature and data, interviews with stakeholders, and GAO's purchase of offsets
Cataloging source
EJB
Government publication
federal national government publication
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/organizationName
United States
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Emissions trading
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Carbon dioxide sinks
  • Carbon dioxide mitigation
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation
  • Climatic changes
Label
Carbon offsets : the U.S. voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 17, 2008)
  • "August 2008."
  • "GAO-08-1048."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
iii, 59 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 9/17/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081048.pdf ; current access available via PURL
Label
Carbon offsets : the U.S. voluntary market is growing, but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants : report to Congressional requesters, United States Government Accountability Office
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed on Sept. 17, 2008)
  • "August 2008."
  • "GAO-08-1048."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
iii, 59 pages
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
digital, PDF file
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 9/17/08: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081048.pdf ; current access available via PURL

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