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EDO Issues Paper – National Carbon Offset Standard: Key Issues and Contentions


Introduction

On 15 December 2008 the Commonwealth Government released a White Paper outlining the final design of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) and the medium-term target range for reducing emissions. Following this, the Government released a Discussion Paper and draft National Carbon Offset Standard (the Standard) intended to apply to voluntary abatement activity that occurs beyond that imposed by the Scheme.
The purpose of this paper is to clarify key elements of the proposed Standard, which will have significant implications for voluntary abatement action and current approaches to carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality. It is intended that this paper will assist interested parties who wish to make a submission on some of the key issues raised in the Discussion Paper.

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