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Carbon Trading and Offsetting: an element of the travel planning mix?

Neil Anderson Regional Manager (North), Transportation Planning (International) Limited explores how local schemes for more eco-friendly travel behaviour could become part of the wider exchange marketplace to achieve a low carbon global economy

Neil Anderson
Neil Anderson
Neil Anderson


Is it right to pay money in order to continue to do something which is socially unacceptable? This is the fundamental dilemma surrounding carbon trading and carbon offsets. Many environmentalists see these mechanisms in the same light as medieval favours where sins would be offset by a payment to the church!

The mechanisms are simple. You can choose to live a low-carbon life or not. Those whose consumption is high make a compensatory payment to those who are frugal. The overall outcome is meant...

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