About carbon offsets

Carbon offsets help nature balance the greenhouse gas emissions from our energy use by reducing the same amount of emissions from other sources. The goal is a no-net emissions gain. When buying offsets, two criteria are important.

  • The first criteria is called "additionality." Does the offset funding help a project go forward and operate successfully?
  • The second criteria is verification. Smart Energy, through its partner The Climate Trust, only invests in projects with third-party verification. An independent source must verify the amount of greenhouse gas reduction achieved.