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What are Carbon Offsets?

Generally, carbon offsets "are emission reduction credits from a project that results in less carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere than would otherwise occur."

The most common types of projects that generate carbon offsets are wind farms, biomass energy, landfill gas capture, energy efficiency projects, and the destruction of industrial pollutants. Typically, carbon offsets are measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e). One carbon offset represents the reduction of one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases.