Accounting for Carbon Offsets – Establishing the Foundation for Carbon-Trading Markets
17 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2023
Date Written: February 13, 2023
Tackling climate change requires reductions in current and future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as the removal of existing GHG from the atmosphere. Carbon-offset producers purport to provide such removals. But poor measurement practices and inadequate controls have led to extensive trading of instruments that do not materially reduce the supply of atmospheric GHG. To address these challenges, we apply basic financial-accounting principles to develop an accurate and auditable set of offset accounting principles. These principles complement and extend the E-liability method of accounting for GHG emissions. Having rigorous accounting for both emissions and offsets will expand market forces for impactful decarbonization.
Keywords: Carbon Offsetting; Climate Change; Environmental Regulation; Corporate Accountability
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