Business sector embraces forest carbon offsets

Forest carbon offsets appear to be gradually shedding their poor image on environmental integrity

European firms and carbon markets have warmed to the concept of forest carbon offsets and are already investing, according to a report published by carbon market specialists Ecosecurities on 4 May.1 But forest schemes have yet to be accepted in compliance markets and concerns over the environmental integrity of some investment portfolios still exist.

The forest carbon sector is one of the few tipped to benefit from early global agreement, in advance of the climate conference in Cancun, Mexico, set for November 2010. Despite failure to secure a binding climate agreement at Copenhagen in December 2009 (ENDS Report 419, pp 3-5 and p 55), progress on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) principles has been marked through 2009.

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