February 2008 - The Center for Resource Solutions announced that Green-e Climate, a new independent certification program for carbon offset products, has certified products offered by retailers 3Degrees, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Community Energy, and Renewable Choice Energy. These products have met or exceeded Green-e Climate's standards for project verification and measurement, consumer transparency, and truth-in-marketing claims, and will be granted the use of the Green-e Climate logo.
Green-e Climate is a consumer-protection program requiring that greenhouse gas emission reductions be verified according to a project-level certification program that ensures the reductions have taken place, are permanent, and come from projects that would not have happened under a "business as usual" scenario. Project-level certification programs that are endorsed by the program include: the Clean Development Mechanism, the Gold Standard, the Voluntary Carbon Standard, and the Green-e Climate Protocol for Renewable Energy. Sellers of certified offsets must provide customers with a product content label that explains where the reductions were sourced from, including the locations and types of projects, such as renewable energy, forestry, and methane capture. Sellers must also undergo a yearly audit to ensure their supply of offsets matches their sales, and comply with Green-e Climate's consumer-disclosure and truth in advertising requirements.
News Release - First Green-e Climate-Certified Carbon Offsets Offered by 3Degrees, BEF, Community Energy, and Renewable Choice
News Release - Green-e Climate Begins Certification of Retail Carbon Offset Products
CRS Contact: Jeff Swenerton, 415-561-2119