Document Type

White Paper

Publication Date

Winter 12-2021


The RCRC’s mandate is to help identify and incubate fiscal, monetary, and financial regulatory policy solutions that will put the United States on track for net-zero emissions before 2050. Informed by the work of many scientists, regulators, climate advocates, and international organizations, we take a broadly critical view of the many carbon credit markets and offsetting strategies that have developed thus far and urge policymakers, firms, and other organizations to reevaluate and refine this approach. This paper discusses some of the foundational challenges associated with the practice of offsetting and presents recommendations to chart an alternative path forward.

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