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Will this be the end of carbon offsets?

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

illuminem summarizes for you the essential news of the day. Read the full piece on Carbon Credits or enjoy below:

🗞️ Driving the news: Over 80 nonprofit organizations are criticizing the use of carbon offset credits in climate strategies, claiming they undermine genuine emission reduction efforts
• These groups are pushing for the complete exclusion of offsets from climate regulations and guidelines

🔭 The context: Carbon offsets allow entities to compensate for their emissions by investing in projects that reduce or remove emissions elsewhere
• Despite being a tool for achieving net zero targets, critics argue offsets enable continued pollution and delay necessary emission reductions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The controversy over carbon offsets highlights the need for direct emissions reductions to effectively combat climate change
• Critics assert that offsets can deflect attention and resources from more impactful climate actions, especially in developing countries

⏭️ What's next: The debate is set to intensify, particularly with some governments and organizations endorsing offsets within climate finance strategies
• Future climate policies will need to address the balance between offsetting mechanisms and direct emissions cuts

💬 One quote: "Carbon credits send a misleading signal about the efforts required to pursue climate action, and they undermine carbon prices by providing a false sense of the existence of ultra-cheap abatement options around the world"

📈 One stat: In 2023, the total volume of carbon offsets retired by entities to negate their emissions reached approximately 180 million MtCO2e

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