CARBON OFFSETS

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A practical tool for addressing climate emissions and decarbonizing industries

Climate change presents an urgent challenge to organizations across the globe. To meet this challenge, businesses are taking steps to decarbonize their operations in order to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, it is nearly impossible for even the most energy-efficient and sustainable organizations to completely avoid activities that result in emissions which negatively impact the environment. Through investing in carbon offset projects, 3Degrees helps businesses take immediate action on their scope 1 (direct) and scope 3 (indirect) GHG emissions that are otherwise difficult to address.

What is a Carbon Offset?

A carbon offset is a scientifically quantified reduction in greenhouse gas emissions created when one metric ton of greenhouse gas is captured, avoided, or destroyed in order to compensate for an equivalent emission made elsewhere. All offsets are subject to minimum eligibility criteria.

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The 3Degrees Difference

3Degrees is the leading North American carbon specialist with development capability and has deep expertise managing voluntary offset programs. We offer unparalleled industry experience, as well as a diverse portfolio that offers clients the flexibility to support carbon offset projects that will directly meet their business, environmental, and communications goals, including those directly related to a buyer’s industry or supply chain.

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#1 supplier of voluntary offsets in the U.S. market by volume

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50+ new U.S. offset projects co-launched since 2004

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Project development pipeline includes a wide range of methodologies

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Project Developer of the Year – Climate Action Reserve (2016)

3Degrees’ ability to develop unique emission reduction projects with a high level of environmental integrity made them a natural fit for us. Their depth of experience, analytical rigor, and creativity helped us craft a program that can change over time and as our needs evolve.

— SAM ARONS, DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABILITY AT LYFT

Our carbon neutral shipping initiative is a major milestone within our larger commitment to act urgently and aggressively in the fight against climate change. We are excited to partner with 3Degrees in order to support projects with a high level of environmental integrity that will evolve with our growing needs.

— Chelsea Mozen, Sustainability Lead at Etsy

Common Project Types

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SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY

Increasing the amount of carbon stored within trees through tree planting or improved forest management.

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Application: Company with significant shipping/packaging emissions investing in an improved forest management project.

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LANDFILL GAS

Capturing and destroying methane generated as a by-product of decades of waste like paper and textiles deposited into landfills.

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Application: Company addressing its packaging emissions through investing in offsets from a landfill gas project.

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LIVESTOCK METHANE

Capturing methane created by disposal of animal manure into wastewater lagoons.

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Application: Food & Beverage company offsetting emissions from its manufacturing process.

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INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES

Changes to manufacturing processes that reduce the use or emission of greenhouse gases.

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Application: Transportation company investing in offsets created from an auto parts manufacturing facility.

Carbon Offset Project Criteria

carbon-offset-project-profilesOffset projects can vary greatly in terms of the scientific methodology they use and where they are located. However, all projects must meet certain minimum criteria:

  • Additionality: Evidence that the project’s emission reductions would not have been achieved without the promise of funding from carbon offset sales
  • Quantification: Evidence that the emission reductions have been achieved using a rigorous and conservative quantification methodology
  • Verification: Assurance of such evidence and quantification by an accredited third party verifier
  • Registration: Issuance, tracking, and retirement on a third-party public registry

Beyond these minimum standards, offset purchasers may also consider additional criteria:

  • Co-Benefits: Does the offset project provide other environmental or social benefits (e.g., reduction in local/non-climate air pollutants, improved water quality, biodiversity, etc.)?
  • Project Participants: Who benefits from the sale of the offsets?
  • Industry Connections: Is the project directly related to a buyer’s industry or supply chain?

CARBON STANDARDS

We source carbon offsets from projects that are third-party verified using objective carbon offset standards. Your organization’s carbon offset investment is guaranteed to produce real, measurable, and permanent results that make an impact.

We work with the following independent not-for-profit organizations:

CARBON OFFSET STANDARDS

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