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Why Verra Problems Don't Mean Carbon Credits Are Bad

Carbon credits have become a popular means of offsetting carbon emissions, and they have played an essential role in combating climate change. However, in recent years, there have been questions raised over the validity of certain carbon credits – particularly Verra carbon credits. Though it may seem like Verra problems mean that all carbon credits are flawed, that isn't the case. In this blog post, we'll explain why you don't need to be skeptical of carbon credits - you just need to be diligent in selecting the right type.

Verra carbon credits are one of the most commonly issued types of carbon credits, backed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Among other things, Verra carbon credits are supposed to ensure additionality - meaning that the carbon emissions they offset would not have occurred without the carbon credit investment. Nonetheless, in recent years, some have suggested that some Verra credits lack additionality, which has caused concern among those who invest in carbon credits.

One possible criticism of Verra carbon credits is their lack of permanence. Verra credits allow for natural events like forest fires or droughts to reduce the amount of carbon stored in the ecosystems that Verra credits represent. This is a perfectly reasonable limitation, as it is difficult to guarantee permanent carbon sequestration. Nonetheless, it does raise the question of whether you should be investing in Verra credits if you want your investment to lead to permanent carbon sequestration.

If you're looking for carbon credits with permanence, then you should consider technology-based carbon credits. These are a newer type of carbon credits, those that are technology based, have a clear audit trail that can be analyzed, ensuring the credits have value long term.


Carbon credits are an essential tool in reducing carbon emissions and tackling climate change. Even though there have been some issues with certain types of carbon credits, it is essential to bear in mind that not all carbon credits are inherently flawed. There are many options out there for those that want to invest in carbon offsets, including Verra credits and newer technology-based credits. By doing your due diligence and considering the permanence and additionality of carbon credits, you can make informed investment decisions that will make a positive impact on the planet.


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