Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Beyond Additionality in Cap-and-Trade Offset Policy

July 1, 2010

Perhaps no element of recent cap-and-trade proposals has been as controversial as provisions for offset credits, writes PCCRC Associate Director Leigh Raymond. Moreover, at the heart of nearly all offset programs is the requirement of "additionality." Raymond argues that offset policy designers should consider going "beyond additionality" to focus on other factors more important to the creation of fair, practical and environmentally effective offset credits.
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