The European Commission leaves the door open for industry to regulate removing carbon - and ignores reality
Today, the European Commission published its proposal for a regulation on carbon removals – activities and products that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Fern believes it is not just ineffective but harmful.
Forests sacrificed for EU climate policy
Today, the European Commission released its revised 2030 climate and energy package. Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that burning forest biomass accelerates climate change and destroys biodiversity, the Commission ignored...
California Public Agency Endorses Controversial Forest Carbon-Trading Standard
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted a repackaged, unproven standard for California. But its impact might not stop there.
Forest offsets: California on the brink of a serious mistake
Six MEPs familiar with carbon markets urge California to reject forestry offset standard.
Response to the Verified Carbon Standard
In November 2017, Fern published new research showing why forest carbon offsets should be ineligible for the United Nations (UN) International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) carbon neutral initiative.
Blog: Aviation industrys carbon offsetting plans keep flying into trouble
Keeping global warming below 1.5°C - which the Paris Agreement strives to – means fundamental changes for industries from energy to transport. Yet the aviation sector - one of the planet’s biggest emitters of carbon dioxide (CO2)...
How UN aviation deal is cheating the climate
Que sont les puits de carbone?
Un puits de carbone est un élément qui absorbe plus de carbone qu’il n’en rejette, tandis qu’une source d’émission de carbone est un élément qui rejette plus de carbone qu’il n’en absorbe. Les forêts, les sols, les océans et...
What are offsets?
Environmental offsetting enables a company, country or individual to be legally or morally allowed to pollute or otherwise damage the environment as long as they pay someone else somewhere else to attempt to compensate for some or all of the negative consequences.