Offsetting and Innovation

Offsetting and Innovation

The resources below have been collated to provide non-executive directors with a knowledge hub.  This brings together relevant climate change materials from regulators, standard setters and other content creators.
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Financial Times

Many investors are looking for opportunities in the clean energy space: stocks that will enable them to benefit from the energy transition — and possibly even with a clean conscience.

15 July 2020

DeSmog UK

Over the past year, BP, Total, Eni, Equinor and ConocoPhillips have invested millions of dollars in forest projects to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. However, the trees that Big Oil plans to plant simply can’t live up to the hype.

06 July 2020

The Economist

Fictional, scenario pathways grounded in historical fact and real science where ‘carbon-removal firms’ take centre stage.

04 July 2020

Grantham Institute
Discussion Paper

Consolidates knowledge on potential multi benefits of using trees to reduce CO2 in atmosphere and highlights areas for further research as well as defines the limits of trees’ ability to halt the progress of climate change.

03 July 2020

McKinsey Quarterly

Any pathway to mitigate climate change requires the rapid reduction of CO2 emissions and negative-emissions technologies to cut atmospheric concentrations. Technology and regulation will be the key.

30 June 2020


Amazon will invest at least $2bn (£1.6bn) in smaller firms creating technologies or services aimed at reducing carbon emissions to net-zero.

23 June 2020


Rather than benefiting the environment, large-scale tree planting may do the opposite, two new studies have found.

22 June 2020

PA Consulting

Presents 3 steps companies can take to achieve the breakthrough innovation required to deliver Sustainable Development Goals.

01 June 2020

Previous reports, analysis and articles
Organisation/ Publication/ AuthorLinkInformationDate
Inside Climate News
Bob Berwyn
Can Planting a Trillion Trees Stop Climate Change?Compared with cutting fossil fuels, tree planting would play only a small role in combating the climate crisis.27/05/2020
edieCarbon offsettingProduced in association with Woodland Trust this guide outlines how offsets can be utilised as part of a carbon business strategy that focuses on reductions first and foremost.26/05/2020
University of OxfordCriteria for net zero initiatvePresentations given at University of Oxford from CDP, Environmental Defense Fund, Stockholm Environment Institute exploring effective offsetting.20/05/2020
BBC News
Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst
Climate change: UK forests 'could do more harm than good'Badly-planned trees would increase greenhouse gas emissions, say the government’s advisers on the economic value of the natural environment.07/04/2020
Green Alliance policy insightThe flight path to net zero Making the most of nature based carbon offsetting by airlinesIn this policy insight we recommend that the government establishes a national ‘office for carbon removal’ to regulate the market and give confidence that carbon removal actually works, while demonstrating good practice to the rest of the world. We also highlight the potential value of this funding for nature restoration in the UK, and propose a new Farm and Soil Carbon Code through which farmers and land managers can verify ‘carbon farming’ measures and gain new income from selling high quality carbon credits.02/04/2020
Energy Systems CatapultInnovating to net zeroThis Energy System Modelling Environment report has found that meeting the UK’s Net Zero target will require unprecedented innovation across the economy. This analysis will help identify those opportunities, and what may be needed to unlock them on the way to a long term zero carbon economy.10/03/2020
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