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What is carbon offset?


Carbon offsets are a fast and simple way to make real progress toward your sustainability goals. One carbon offset is equivalent to removing one metric ton of carbon dioxide, or CO2 equivalent, from the atmosphere.

By purchasing carbon offsets, you'll contribute to projects that negate or diminish greenhouse gas emissions, therefore counteracting the emissions of your business. Projects range from the development of renewable energy generation and energy efficiency technologies to agricultural and reforestation initiatives.


A carbon offset is a real, environmental commodity, not a donation or an investment in a future project.



Purchase carbon offset credits to offset greenhouse gas emissions.


The carbon offset solution from Direct Energy Renewable Services provides environmentally-conscious businesses with an opportunity to counteract their greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing carbon offset credits. Businesses can bundle carbon offsets with their natural gas supply purchases and counteract up to 100 percent of their natural gas carbon emissions.


As a result, your organization can:

  • Reduce its carbon emissions associated with natural gas consumption
  • Support sustainable solutions and projects in North America
  • Position itself as a leader in environmental stewardship
  • Achieve a competitive advantage by tackling "green" operational and supply chain mandates
  • Generate goodwill and heighten brand awareness with your customers

Verified Carbon Standard Program

The VCS Program is the world’s most widely used voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) program. Verra’s role is to develop and administer the program. They provide oversight to all operational components of the VCS Program and are responsible for updating the VCS rules, such that they ensure the quality of VCUs.



Climate Action Reserve

The Climate Action Reserve encourages action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring the environmental integrity and financial benefit of emissions reduction projects. They establish high quality standards for carbon offset projects, issue carbon credits and track the transaction of credits in a transparent, publicly-accessible system.



American Carbon Registry

The American Carbon Registry (ACR), a nonprofit enterprise of Winrock International, is the first private voluntary greenhouse gas registry in the world. Winrock operates ACR to create confidence in the environmental and scientific integrity of carbon offsets to accelerate transformational emission reduction actions.