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Carbon Offsets & Removals

Our Research

Why Carbon Offsets & Removals?

Carbon offsets fund projects that supposedly provide a verifiable reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Our carbon offset recommendations are designed for businesses and other organizations engaging in the offset market to meet net zero goals. They can also be used by individuals trying to erase their carbon footprint; however, we believe that donors will have more impact by supporting policy change. We direct individuals and organizations who have flexibility in their giving to our policy change recommendations.​

Even in the best case scenario, it is impossible to guarantee that an individual offset purchase actually leads to the advertised emissions reduction or removal. As such, Giving Green recommends that purchasers view offsets simply as a philanthropic contribution to a pro-climate project with an evidence-based approach to reducing emissions, rather than a way to eliminate their contribution to climate change.

For purchasers seeking to achieve net zero goals, we currently recommend two carbon removal providers, Charm Industrial and Climeworks, and two avoidance-based offset providers, BURN Manufacturing and Tradewater.

Our Approach

Overview of the Voluntary Offset Market

Overview of the Voluntary Carbon Market

Sector Overviews

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Biochar

Fuel Efficient Cookstoves

Fuel Efficient Cookstoves

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Purchasing from Compliance Carbon Markets

Direct Air Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Direct Air Capture

Grid Renewable Energy

Grid Renewable Energy

Waste Biogas Capture

Waste Biogas Capture

Forestry

Forestry

Ozone Depleting Substances

Ozone Depleting Substances

Water Purification Technology

Water Purification Technology

Organizations We Recommend

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Charm Industrial

Climeworks

Climeworks

Tradewater

Tradewater

BURN

BURN