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Optimizing Offsets

Dave Elam | September 7, 2023


Carbon offsets are generated when an organization develops a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction or avoidance project. They allow organizations to compensate for, or offset, their own GHG emissions by supporting these projects or activities that remove GHG emissions elsewhere. This article discusses how project managers can ensure that the offsets their organization secures will support their climate strategies and are valid and credible. Doing so will allow organizations to optimize their investments and align investments with their climate strategy.

This article appears in the September 2023 issue of EM Magazine, a copyrighted publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA;

David Elam

David (Dave) Elam has been active in the environmental industry for 35 years, principally in the air quality management field. Dave serves as a Vice President and Project Director at TRC where he assists with project delivery, regulatory analysis and quality management in the air quality and energy transition areas. Contact him at

Optimizing Offsets

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