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Main Title Carbon offsets the U.S. voluntary market is growing but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants : report to Congressional requesters / {electronic resource} :
CORP Author United States. Government Accountability Office.
Publisher U.S. Govt. Accountability Office,
Place Published {Washington, D.C.} :
Year Published 2008
Report Number GAO-08-1048
Stock Number GAO (202)512-6000 (voice); (202)512-6061 (Fax); (202)512-2537 (TDD)
OCLC Number 259180309
Subject Added Ent Emissions trading--United States--Evaluation; Carbon sequestration--United States--Measurement; Carbon dioxide sinks--United States--Measurement; Carbon dioxide mitigation--United States; Greenhouse gas mitigation--United States; Climatic changes--Risk management--United States
Internet Access
Description Access URL
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d081048.pdf
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-08-1048
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Library   Call Number Additional Info Location Date Modified
EJBD POD Internet only Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 10/03/2008
Collation {65} p. : digital, PDF file
Notes "GAO-08-1048." "August 2008." Title from title screen (viewed on Sept 17, 2008).
Contents Notes 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.
Access Notes Also available on the Internet from GAO web site.
Alternate Title U.S. voluntary market is growing but quality assurance poses challenges for market participants
PUB Date Free Form 2008.
BIB Level m
OCLC Time Stamp 20080929135237
Cataloging Source OCLC/T
Language eng
SUDOCS Number GA 1.13:GAO-08-1048
Origin OCLC
Type CAT
OCLC Rec Leader 02972nam 2200409Ia 45020