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Virtual Storeroom for Carbon Offsets (Cancelled)

Project History

  • 2/1/2018

    The 2015 iCAP chapter 8, objective 2 is, "By the end of FY17, develop an administrative mechanism to enable campus units to voluntarily purchase carbon offsets." During FY17, iSEE is executing a

  • 2/17/2017

    The Carbon Credit sales funding has been approved by Director of iSEE Evan DeLucia and Interim Executive Director of F&S Helen Coleman for buying 10,000 additional carbon offsets, when purchasing the 103,000 replacement offsets from the carbon

Description

The 2015 iCAP chapter 8, objective 2 is, "By the end of FY17, develop an administrative mechanism to enable campus units to voluntarily purchase carbon offsets."  During FY17 and 18, iSEE investigated options to build a virtual storeroom for carbon offsets. The idea was to pre-purchase verified carbon credits at a bulk rate for campus, keep them in the virtual storeroom at iSEE, and resell them to campus departments upon request.  Issues identified with this plan primarily revolved around the validity of carbon offsets available for purchase. While some offsets are available for a very low cost (such as $0.40/offset or ton of GHG emissions), the additionality of those offsets is highly questionable.  More rigorously-verified carbon offsets could be purchased for over $7.00/offset, but the additionalility of those is still not 100% certain. At this time, the project is cancelled.

Background

Carbon Offsets need to have true additionality in order to actually impact the global emission levels.  One explanation of additionality is available online at http://www.co2offsetresearch.org/consumer/Additionality.html.

Dates

  • Proposed March 4, 2016
    Proposed by Ben McCall
    Investigated October 10, 2016
    Investigated by Ben McCall
    Cancelled January 31, 2018
    Cancelled by Evan DeLucia

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