SERIOUS MONDAY: SWEDISH GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES CARBON OFFSETTING PLAN

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The Swedish government has introduced a new carbon offsetting plan for ministerial air travel.  All emissions produced by air travel will be offset by supporting projects in developing countries with equivalent emissions reductions.  It will be limited for the time being to predetermine international air travel to and from conferences.

The Swedish Government Offices are drawing up guidelines as to what travel will be subject to carbon offsetting.  Funds have been set aside for this project in the 2008 budget.

“We will offset emissions from our air travel by building up environmental technology in developing countries that result in emission reductions that otherwise would not have been made,” said Minister of the Environment, Andreas Carlgren.  “The projects lead to emission reductions that would not have been made by offsetting.”

The process is done by purchasing CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) certificates.  All CDM projects are subject to quality control by the UN’s CDM Executive Board.  The Swedish Energy Agency will also be involved, acting as an intermediary and further quality control in individual cases. 

The Government is also considering guidance for members of the business community and the general public for voluntary offsetting from car journeys to air travel, so offsetting would be transferred to certificates monitored by the UN.

“The Government Offices carbon offsetting is one way of showing that anyone who wishes to do something about the emissions caused by their travel can do so safely.  There are monitored projects and there is no need to risk dealing with climate cheats,” says the Minister.

Dawn

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