The UNFCCC launched a global survey to investigate the drivers behind corporate engagement in voluntary carbon offsetting and climate change mitigation strategies.
In cooperation with voluntary carbon business association ICROA and London-based Imperial College, the UN aims to understand why corporate offsetters select particular kinds of carbon offsets, and which sectors of business and industry are most interested in offsetting to achieve their corporate social responsibility goals. As we, Climate Neutral Groups, are a member of ICROA, about 15 relations of us will receive an invitation to take part in this survey.
The UNFCCC is increasingly seeking buyers of carbon credits from the voluntary corporate sector from its CDM mechanism as demand from governments has waned as a result of an increasing focus on domestic emissions reductions.
“A survey like this hasn’t been done for while. It’s asking questions we all want to know the answers to. It should be of great value to anybody interested in understanding how voluntary offset use can benefit both the climate agenda and the sustainable development goals adopted last year,” said Niclas Svenningsen, manager for strategy & relationship unit at the UNFCCC said in a statement.
The partners also hope to understand what additional benefits offsetting provides, and whether demand is also driven by risk management concerns, such as the expectation that more widespread emissions reductions may be mandated at some time in the future.
Responses to the survey will be anonymous and incorporated in a final report expected in Q1 2017.