Local Greenhouse Gas Emissions Offsetting

By Patrick Van Inwegen.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice

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Published online: February 23, 2017 $US10.00
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A guiding framework for the types of changes required to dramatically reduce carbon emissions is one guided by the philosophy of small, local, and integrated. This framework for sustainability in food production, transportation, urban design, and broader local economies has been well developed. However there are no existing local carbon markets where people can trade emissions reductions locally. Further, there are no models that suggest how these might be created. This paper addresses that missing link by investigating the application of the local solution to offsetting emissions. Larger emission exchanges, farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture, nonprofits, Kiva-like systems, local government, and public radio are all models that are investigated for their applicability to offsetting carbon emissions locally. The potential advantages and disadvantages for each are discussed as well as the areas most likely to yield progress.

Keywords: Offsetting, Local, Carbon Neutral

The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp.15-27. Published online: February 23, 2017 (Article: Print (Spiral Bound)). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 594.254KB).

Dr. Patrick Van Inwegen

Associate Professor, Political Science, Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington, USA