08.03.2021

# Media

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Bloomberg Green: Big Oil’s Net-Zero Plans Show the Hard Limits of Carbon Offsets

"As more companies turn to offsets to lower their environmental impact, the total volume they need will quickly exceed the planet’s ability to provide them."

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02.03.2021

# Political Papers

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Myles Allen; et al. (2020): The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting

Myles Allen, Kaya Axelsson, Ben Caldecott, Thomas Hale, Cameron Hepburn, Conor Hickey, Eli Mitchell-Larson, Yadvinder Malhi, Friederike Otto, Nathalie Seddon & Steve Smith (2020): The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting. The University of Oxford. September 2020.

"The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting (the “Oxford Offsetting Principles”) presented here outline how offsetting needs to be approached to ensure it helps achieve a net zero society."

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01.03.2021

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GreenBiz: Digging into the complex, confusing and contentious world of soil carbon offsets

"This week, I’ll try to untangle one of the more complex, confusing and contentious aspects of our food systems: the emerging market for soil carbon offsets."

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26.02.2021

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Tech Crunch: The carbon offset API developer Patch confirms a $4.5 million round led by Andreessen Horowitz

"Patch, the carbon offset API developer, has raised $4.5 million in financing to build out its business selling customers a way to calculate their carbon footprint and identify and finance offset projects that capture the equivalent carbon dioxide emissions associated with that footprint."

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08.02.2021

# New Publications

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Watt, Robert (2021): The fantasy of carbon offsetting

Watt, Robert (2021): The fantasy of carbon offsetting. In Environmental Politics, pp. 1–20. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2021.1877063.

"Carbon offsetting has been beset by problems and failures, and relies on the mobilisation of supportive discourses and knowledge-claims to retain a sense of credibility. Psycho-analytical ideology critique can help explain how these processes interact with questions of subjectivity. Analysis of interviews with carbon offset market practitioners suggests that identification with carbon offsetting is only partial, and that it is sustained through disavowal, through trust in the authority of the Other, and through desire for carbon offsetting’s unrealisable promises."

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01.02.2021

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The Guardian: Green groups raise concerns over Carney carbon credits plan

"Campaigners say system risks becoming greenwashing exercise unless loopholes closed."

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01.02.2021

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Bloomberg: Messy Carbon Offsets Show Markets Aren’t Always the Answer

"Big finance may have to accept the reality that bespoke carbon removal solutions simply don’t lend themselves to an elegant, scalable market."

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12.01.2021

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CNBC: United Airlines turns to CO2 removal technology to offset emissions

"United Airlines is turning to technology that aims to capture carbon dioxide from the air and store it underground to help offset its carbon emissions completely by 2050, a change from offset programs the airline industry and others have traditionally leaned on to reduce their footprints."

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28.12.2020

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Triple Pundit: Carbon Removal, Not Only Offsetting, Will Ensure Businesses Reach Net Zero

"The growth in net zero pledges has created unprecedented interest in carbon removal strategies – and interest in what viable and scaled markets for carbon might look like."

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15.12.2020

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Climate Home News: 10 myths about net zero targets and carbon offsetting, busted

"Carbon neutrality targets are often not as ambitious as they sound, relying on problematic carbon offsets and unproven technologies."

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