What to Know About Buying Carbon Offsets
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What to Know About Buying Carbon Offsets

The purchases help consumers address climate change by seeking to ease the emissions impact.

By VERONICA DAGHER
Fri, Oct 29, 2021 10:51amGrey Clock 3 min

Some consumers might feel eco-guilt about the takeout containers they have been throwing away or the additional packages they have been shipping from Amazon. Offsets are emerging as a way for people to mitigate the effects of shopping, shipping and travel.

There is no way to take back the carbon you have put in the air through activities such as driving your car or heating your house, and the surest way to reduce your carbon footprint is to drive, fly or buy less. Carbon offsets, created about 20 years ago, claim to provide a way for consumers and institutions to balance out their carbon footprint by investing in environmental projects that remove carbon-dioxide emissions from—or avoid adding them to—the atmosphere.

Offsets are easier than ever to buy online. The coming climate-change summit in Glasgow, called COP26, could put offsets on the radar of more consumers.

It is a tricky topic to navigate, though. The market for offsets isn’t regulated and the quality and authenticity of projects vary widely. It is difficult to know whether offsets purchased will actually make an impact on emissions, said Travis Miller, a stock analyst at Morningstar who specializes in energy and utilities.

Here is what to know about assessing and buying offsets now.

Who sells carbon offsets?

Carbon offsets are credits purchased from projects that are designed to reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases. These can include investing in a reforestation project in California or constructing cookstoves in Honduras, said Peter Miller, a director of climate and clean energy at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Nonprofits are among the most reputable providers from which consumers may buy offsets, said Clint Henderson, senior news editor at The Points Guy travel website. Nonprofits such as Cool Effect and Carbonfund.org act as a bridge between people and the organizations that create and maintain carbon-reducing projects.

Offsets are measured and sold in metric tons of carbon-dioxide equivalent. One metric ton of carbon-dioxide equivalent is roughly equal to the size of a two-story house, said Dee Lawrence, co-founder of Cool Effect, which sells offsets to consumers.

Why do people buy carbon offsets?

Consumers can buy offsets to lessen carbon emissions for things as diverse as their vacation, the type of car they drive and the size of their house.

First, they can estimate the impact of their lifestyle—such as how much waste they dispose of, or how many loads of laundry they wash in hot water—by using an online calculator, such as the one from the Environmental Protection Agency or the Nature Conservancy. They could then buy offsets from a provider that sources emissions-reducing projects.

For example, if you fly 10,000 miles, you could buy offsets on Carbonfund.org for $20 to compensate for that flight’s emissions. The price of air-travel offsets is usually dependent on the length of the flight and the class of service, said Mr. Henderson at The Points Guy.

American Airlines gives fliers the option to buy offsets through a partnership with Cool Effect, such as when they purchase their tickets or after the flight. You can get an estimate of your air-travel emissions on Google Flights.

When an individual buys carbon offsets, that person’s money is typically pooled with others’, in a practice somewhat akin to crowdfunding. Together—by funding, say, a wind farm in rural Indiana—Mr. Miller at Morningstar said consumers can collectively reduce the amount of carbon going into the air.

How to know the value of an offset

Valuing offsets can be a bit “squishy,” said Mr. Henderson at The Points Guy. Consumers might never see the project firsthand, and they trust that the project they support is actually effective in reducing emissions.

To identify legitimate projects, look for those that clearly specify how emissions are reduced and reported, said Tensie Whelan, director of the Center for Sustainable Business at NYU Stern School of Business.

Generally, Prof. Whelan said, stay away from individuals selling offsets to their personal projects over social media or claiming to run an offset project that doesn’t have third-party oversight. Each metric ton of emissions consumers buy should have a unique serial number. That number helps ensure reductions aren’t resold and double counted, Prof. Whelan said.

Check that the project has permanence. For example, a project for fast-growing eucalyptus that will be cut down in 10 years would lack permanence. Also, make sure the project has independent third-party certification.



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The younger generation will bring a different mindset to how and where their newfound wealth is invested

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There is an enormous global wealth transfer in its beginning stages, whereby one of the largest generations in history – the baby boomers – will pass on their wealth to their millennial children. Knight Frank’s global research report, The Wealth Report 2024, estimates the wealth transfer set to take place over the next two decades in the United States alone will amount to US$90 trillion.

But it’s not just the size of the wealth transfer that is significant. It will also deliver billions of dollars in private capital into the hands of investors with a very different mindset.

Seismic change

Wealth managers say the young and rich have a higher social and environmental consciousness than older generations. After growing up in a world where economic inequality is rife and climate change has caused massive environmental damage, they are seeing their inherited wealth as a means of doing good.

Ben Whattam, co-founder of the Modern Affluence Exchange, describes it as a “seismic change”.

“Since World War II, Western economies have been driven by an overt focus on economic prosperity,” he says. “This has come at the expense of environmental prosperity and has arguably imposed social costs. The next generation is poised to inherit huge sums, and all the research we have commissioned confirms that they value societal and environmental wellbeing alongside economic gain and are unlikely to continue the relentless pursuit of growth at all costs.”

Investing with purpose

Mr Whattam said 66% of millennials wanted to invest with a purpose compared to 49% of Gen Xers. “Climate change is the number one concern for Gen Z and whether they’re rich or just affluent, they see it as their generational responsibility to fix what has been broken by their elders.”

Mike Pickett, director of Cazenove Capital, said millennial investors were less inclined to let a wealth manager make all the decisions.

“Overall, … there is a sense of the next generation wanting to be involved and engaged in the process of how their wealth is managed – for a firm to invest their money with them instead of for them,” he said.

Mr Pickett said another significant difference between millennials and older clients was their view on residential property investment. While property has generated immense wealth for baby boomers, particularly in Australia, younger investors did not necessarily see it as the best path.

“In particular, the low interest rate environment and impressive growth in house prices of the past 15 years is unlikely to be repeated in the next 15,” he said. “I also think there is some evidence that Gen Z may be happier to rent property or lease assets such as cars, and to adopt subscription-led lifestyles.”

Impact investing is a rising trend around the world, with more young entrepreneurs and activist investors proactively campaigning for change in the older companies they are invested in. Millennials are taking note of Gen X examples of entrepreneurs trying to force change. In 2022,  Australian billionaire tech mogul and major AGL shareholder, Mike Cannon-Brookes tried to buy the company so he could shut down its coal operations and turn it into a renewable energy giant. He described his takeover bid as “the world’s biggest decarbonisation project”.

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