Thursday, March 6, 2008

Carbon group seeks to open U.S. to global offsets

The drumbeat is beginning.
From Reuters:

A greenhouse emissions business group hopes to shape U.S. climate change legislation to include broad use of international carbon offsets, like wind and solar power farms in developing countries, that are not currently in the leading climate bill.

In a letter sent on Wednesday to Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat, the International Emissions Trading Association, a carbon business group, said clean project offsets encourage developing countries to participate in international carbon markets, leading to "greater climate protection at lower cost."

Dingell, the chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, said in January he hoped to draft climate change legislation as soon as possible.

In greenhouse gas markets, polluters can buy credits representing emissions reductions in order to meet limits mandated by governments where they operate. They can buy those credits from companies who have cut emissions or ones generated by clean project offsets.

Offset sellers are worried about the future of the market after the European Union's Executive Commission proposed in January a freeze on such sales into the EU's emissions trading scheme, which is currently the biggest emissions market....MORE