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Lessons for the EU from Label Bas-Carbone forestry projects in France
80 NGOs ask the EU to reject carbon offsets following scandal of largest voluntary carbon offset certifier
In November 2022, the European Commission presented a proposal for an European Union (EU) Regulation on certification of activities that remove carbon from the atmosphere ('carbon removals'), which included voluntary minimum...
New study by a consortium of journalists reveals the dangers of meaningless certifications and fictitious ‘offsetting’
As the EU continues to think about how to certify carbon removals, evidence mounts of the problems with offsets and forest certification in general.
The Commission is poised to support carbon-offsetting despite new evidence of its flaws
New research has confirmed the concerns that NGOs have been raising about carbon offsetting for years.
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.
Unearned credit: Why aviation industry forest offsets are doomed to fail
Unlike other sectors, international aviation is not included in 2015’s Paris Agreement. This has allowed aviation to lag behind other sectors when it comes to reducing emissions. In the face of mounting criticism, the...