Glossary term

Offset Provider

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Definition 1

Offset Provider means an organisation providing carbon credits or voluntary emission reduction credits for:

(a) a project verified in accordance with [insert name of voluntary standard]; or

(b) a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) clean development mechanism (CDM) [or successor UNFCCC mechanism] project.

Drafting notes and guidance

For more information about carbon credits purchased from regulated and voluntary markets, see TCLP’s Discussion Document on Offsets, Insets and Carbon Credits 

The credits that can be used under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme are specified in articles 58-61 of the Fifth Registries Regulation (Commission Regulation (EU) No 389/2013) and Article 11a(8) of the EU ETS Linking Directive 2004 (Directive 2004/101/EC), which was replaced by the EU ETS Amending Directive 2009 (Directive 2009/29/EC).

Using this option would mean Emission Reduction Units from UNFCCC Joint Implementation projects would be permissible for use as offsets.

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