Offsetting: A dangerous distraction
a dangerous distraction
The report examines the record of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and asks what the effects are likely to be of expanding offsetting as proposed in the UN climate talks. The report finds that in practice offsetting is not leading to emissions reductions or benefits to developing countries. Instead, it is simply leading to more ingenious ways to avoid cutting emissions.
The report finds that offsetting is profoundly unjust, fundamentally flawed and cannot be reformed.