Companies sign up to carbon offset quality markFirst government-backed offset scheme in the world

08 April 2009

An increasing number of companies are signing up to the new Government Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting (QAS).

Launched earlier this year, the quality mark is the first government-backed quality mark for carbon offsets in the world. Companies that have already signed up to the new scheme include British Airways, Clear, Carbon Footprint Ltd, Carbon Passport and PURE

'High-standard, reliable carbon offsets'

Bruce Elliott, director of offset company Clear, told Which?: 'Consumers and businesses, already trying hard to cut their emissions, have struggled to find reliable carbon offsets which slow down climate change while longer term solutions are being developed. Clear is delighted to offer the first seven carbon offset products awarded with the new government quality mark and is confident that those looking to offset will be reassured by the very high standards it guarantees.'

Let us know what you think about carbon offset schemes


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Which? will be investigating carbon offset companies for a new report later this year. If you've used a carbon offset scheme, or even if you think they're a waste of money, let us know your opinions. Email Martyn Saville with your thoughts.

For more details on carbon offsetting, see the Which? guide to carbon offset. The government's DirectGov website also has details of how carbon offsetting schemes work.

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