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Offsetters highlights recent global stories on innovative carbon
management

VANCOUVER, April 18, 2013 /CNW/ – Since launching in 2005,
Vancouver-based Offsetters Climate Solutions has worked with more than
150 clients in various sectors helping to offset more than six million
tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of taking more than 1.25 million cars
off the road for one year.

“As we mark the 43rd annual Earth Day, our team is inspired by so many
of our partners who were early adopters and are leaders when it comes
to managing and taking responsibility for their own carbon footprints,”
says Jeff Calvert , CFO and VP, sales and marketing for Offsetters
Climate Solutions. “On a global level, we are proud of these game
changing initiatives when it comes to how we think about carbon
management.”

  • In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Mai Ndombe REDD+ project protects approximately 300,000 hectares of humid tropical and
    swamp forest located in the Congo River Basin, providing habitat for
    threatened and endemic species as well as important landscape-level
    connectivity. Beyond the direct climate benefits, the Mai Ndombe
    project will conserve ecosystem integrity and wildlife habitat, while
    facilitating sustainable development and conservation initiatives in
    local communities. Several social and economic community benefits will
    result from project activities including: building schools and
    healthcare centres, assisting with transportation to off-concession
    markets for agricultural and other products, improved agricultural and
    aquaculture production techniques, and recruitment of employees from
    the local communities.

  • Along British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii,
    Offsetters managed the development of the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, an Improved Forest Management project which generates emission
    reductions by protecting forest areas that were previously designated,
    sanctioned or approved for commercial logging. Without offset funds,
    these protected areas would not have been established and tree harvest
    levels would not have been reduced. The Great Bear Rainforest is unique
    as it is the only forest management project of its scale in North
    America
    . It involves an unprecedented level of collaboration between
    local First Nations and the BC Government, strong legal and policy
    foundations, and robust data to support the quantification of ecosystem
    services. This is not a conservation project; it is a model for
    sustainable development in an ecologically and culturally vulnerable
    area, that is also economically valuable. Funds from the sale of carbon
    offsets in the Great Bear Rainforest will go towards creating jobs
    within the local First Nations communities. By creating a conservation
    economy that puts a dollar value on carbon absorption, funds are
    returned to the original stewards of this land. Returning forest
    management to the coastal First Nations provides new employment
    opportunities at home for First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest.

  • Fifty per cent of the harvested Canadian boreal forest is currently used
    to produce paper products. In late 2012, Offsetters released a research study that compared Manitoba’s Prairie Pulp Paper Inc.’s newly launched 80 per cent wheat straw-based Step Forward Paperwith other copy paper types available in North America. Research results
    demonstrate that Step Forward Paper’s™ wheat straw-based paper is the
    best performing copy paper type studied, with the lowest overall
    climate impact. Why was this important? Canada’s boreal forest is home
    to eight of the 10 largest intact forest ecosystems left in the world.
    The boreal forest contains an interconnected ecosystem of plants,
    animals, insects and microorganisms that interact with the physical
    environment of soil, water and air. This essential global resource
    plays a significant role in mitigating climate change by absorbing and
    storing carbon dioxide.

  • Following the success of the 2010 Games, Offsetters helped to offset the
    2011 Baltimore Indy, the CFL Grey Cup (2012), Canada’s Olympic team for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, and in 2013 signed an
    agreement with the America’s Cup Event Authority to help the organizers of the Summer of Racing in San Francisco to reach its sustainability goal of having the event
    be carbon neutral. Offsetters will provide a portfolio of high quality
    carbon credits that have strong links to marine benefits and the sport
    of sailing while managing the America’s Cup Sustainability Credit
    (“ACSC”) Program. In late 2011, Offsetters CEO James Tansey was
    selected as an adviser to the United Nations Environment Programme to Sochi 2014, helping to provide support to the organization to identify and
    mitigate environmental impacts surrounding the upcoming Winter
    Olympics.

About Offsetters Climate Solutions
Offsetters is North America’s leading carbon management solutions
provider. Founded in 2005, the company helps organizations and
individuals understand, reduce, and offset their climate impact.
Offsetters was the first official supplier of carbon offsets in the
history of the Olympic movement (Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games). Its team of industry leaders specializes in the
origination, development and commercialization of high-quality carbon
offset projects and is proud to also provide clients with a
comprehensive offering of sustainability consultancy services. Based in
Vancouver, Canada, Offsetters has worked with over 150 of the world’s
most prestigious organizations including Aimia and lululemon athletica.
For more information, please visit www.offsetters.ca.

SOURCE Offsetters Climate Solutions

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