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Why carbon trading makes sense

Cap-and-trade schemes are increasingly on the agenda as the EU Emission Trading Scheme brings on new sectors and the US, Japan, New Zealand and Australia attempt to push schemes through their respective parliaments. In this article, we give you the reasons why cap-and-trade is a sensible cornerstone for the international response to climate change.

What's the right price for a tonne of carbon?

Carbon offsets cost different amounts. If you've looked into buying carbon offsets, you'll know that there is a huge range of prices, from around £2 per tonne to over £25. This might seem strange, given that they're all meant to do the same thing - reduce carbon emissions by one tonne. Why is this? We're interested to understand what you think the right price is to offset one tonne of carbon. Fill out our short poll and we'll let you know the results in our next newsletter.

Post-Copenhagen: what is the future of carbon management and offsetting?

With so little progress in Copenhagen and even the weak Copenhagen Accord now faltering, what is the future for carbon management and offsetting among businesses?

The lack of certainty about the strength of international carbon reduction targets is an issue not only for businesses looking to invest in internal emissions reductions, but also the clean-tech industry that supplies them. Clean-tech investment, which slowed in the recession, has pretty much ground to a halt, stemming the flow of new products and services to support the low carbon transition.

How to work out your organisation's carbon footprint

As we approach the end of the financial year, many organisations are measuring or preparing to measure their carbon footprint. If you haven't done it before, or want to double check you're on the right lines, here's an overview of how to do it. If your footprint is complex, you need advice or don’t have time, contact us and we can help.

There are six stages to calculating a carbon footprint:

Three places to expand your environmental horizons

The environmental sector is brilliant at sharing information and, in London at least, there are more green networking events than you can shake an FSC-sourced stick at. We know you already know about Green Mondays, Net Impact and the wonderful lecture programme at the RSA, so we're not going to bang on about them.

The future of carbon offsetting

Carbon Retirement director Dan Lewer is one of the Courvoisier Future 500. As part of a series of articles written by members, he looks at the future of carbon offsetting.

The great climate circus - Jane's updates from Copenhagen

Carbon Retirement's Jane Burston is blogging from Copenhagen in the Evening Standard. Her second update, posted this morning, gives an insight into some of the characters and sights encountered by delegates at the conference. Over the next few weeks Jane will provide an insider's view of the conference.

What do people really think about carbon offsetting?

Earlier this month Haddock Research and Branding published the results of their Environmental Choices survey into consumer attitudes to carbon offsetting in England.

Carbon Retirement director Jane Burston blogging from Copenhagen in the Evening Standard

Carbon Retirement's Jane Burston will be at Copenhagen between 7th and 18th December. She'll be writing for the Evening Standard's environment blog, where you'll soon be able to read her updates.

Friends of the Earth's report on carbon trading

Friends of the Earth recently published a report (pdf) on carbon trading. The report makes some good points but has not grasped some of the key issues. Carbon Retirement's Dan Lewer made some comments on the report at environmental blog In Balance.

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