CCPA sheds light on “murky world of carbon credits and a “carbon neutral” B.C. government”


The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has released a commentary questioning the legitimacy of the BC Government’s carbon neutral policy. The CCPA takes issue with the fact that not only do schools and hospitals have to buy credits from the crown corporation Pacific Carbon Trust, where carbon offsets cost as much as four times what they would at a private offset company, but that the PCT does not adhere to its own policy of additionality. Part of the additionality test is that any project supported by the PCT must face “economic, investment or technological barriers to implementation that are overcome or partially overcome by the money from the sale of offsets.” It seems at least one of the projects supported by PCT do not meet this requirement.

Read report on the CCPA website. 


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