Carbon Offset Programs: Design, Review and Assessment

Staff: Lazarus, M. ; Kollmuss, A. ; Erickson, P. ; Lee, C.M. ; Kartha, S.
Date: 2007-ongoing
Client/Funder: U.S Environmental Protection Agency

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description: SEI conducts research on the design and implications of various regional, national, and international offset programs. We evaluate elements of existing and proposed offset programs, from the comparison of project methodologies to the evaluation of program infrastructures.

Related Publication(s):
Discounting Offsets: Issues and Options
A Review of Offset Programs: Trading Systems, Funds, Protocols, Standards and Retailers
Maximizing the Positive: Interactions between Offset Programs and Other Climate-related Policies
Key Issues in Benchmark Baselines for the CDM: Aggregation, Stringency, Cohorts, and Updating
Evaluation of Benchmarking as an Approach for Establishing Clean Development Mechanism Baselines