Carbon Offsetting Programme

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Currently many 'carbon offsetting schemes' are thought to be of poor quality. Is your Climate Change Agency looking at establishing a carbon offsetting scheme for London and could this be used to help fund work to help green London with a tree planting and care programme?


Answer for Carbon Offsetting Programme

Answer for Carbon Offsetting Programme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All aviation emissions across the GLA family are currently offset using the Government Carbon Offset Fund (GCOF), which is verified to the highest available international standards. I would like to establish a London offsetting scheme as soon as possible and my officers have been in early negotiations with a range of relevant bodies about how such a scheme might operate, and the necessary verification standards. Recommendations will be taken to the Sustainable Development Policy Team in due course.