Oxford Researchers Launch Updated Carbon Offsetting Principles

Feb 28, 2024

An interdisciplinary team of Oxford University researchers have today released an update to flagship guidance on credible and net zero aligned carbon offsetting, which has been used by hundreds of organisations since its publication in 2020.

The revised Oxford Offsetting Principles provide clarifications to the original text based on the latest science. The Principles are:

  1. Cut emissions as a priority, ensure the environmental integrity of credits, and regularly revise as best practice evolves.
  2. Transition to carbon removal offsetting for any residual emissions (away from emissions avoidance or reduction) by the global net zero target date.
  3. Shift to removals with durable storage and low risk of reversal.
  4. Support the development of innovative and integrated approaches to achieving net zero.

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