The Role of Carbon Offsetting in Living Green

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The Role of Carbon Offsetting in Living Green

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Monday, May 10, 2010 - 10:01am

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I think Adlai E. Stevenson said it right, "Laws are never as effective as habits."   However, considering Cap and Trade legislation, it may be the laws that create new habits.  Habits concerning carbon emissions.  Although businesses are likely to be directly impacted, it has sparked several discussions in our personal consulting with clients pursuing a sustainable lifestyle.   More specifically, carbon offsetting for individuals.

As we explain in our sustainability consulting practice, a carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.   For instance, a carbon offset is used to balance out the emissions one cannot reduce by funding an emissions reducing project elsewhere. 
 
It is not uncommon for a new client to consider carbon offsetting as a tool to live green, yet continue with unfavorable environmental habits.  Quite the contrary. 
 
Offsetting is not a substitute for reducing or eliminating emissions or other environmental impacts. Nor should it be a mechanism that allows people to continue to indulge in destructive lifestyles.
 
Living green means applying sustainability concepts such as Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  Carbon offsetting addresses the end of this series; whereas, the initial focus should be placed on reduction and new habits.  As a sustainability consultant, I encourage clients to first reduce emissions.  Developing new environmentally focused habits through a personal sustainability plan yields reductions in emissions.
 
There is a time and a place for carbon offsettingClick here to continue reading.
 
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