Do Carbon Offsets Offset Carbon?

Feb 12, 2024, 12:15 pm1:15 pm
300 Wallace Hall
Open to the public


Event Description

Abstract: We develop and implement a new method for identifying wasted subsidies, and use it to provide systematic evidence on the misallocation of carbon offsets in the Clean Development Mechanism---the world's largest carbon offset program. Using newly constructed data on the locations and characteristics of over 1,000 wind farms in India we estimate that at least 52\% of approved carbon offsets were allocated to projects that would very likely have been built anyway. In addition to wasting scarce resources, we estimate that the sale of these offsets to regulated polluters resulted in substantially higher global carbon dioxide emissions.

Bio: Raphael Calel is a professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. His research focuses on the effects and effectiveness of carbon trading, as well as the on the integration of climate science into economic analysis.

Note: This event will not be livestreamed or recorded. In-person attendance only.

  • Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment
  • High Meadows Environmental Institute
  • Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment