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Madre de Dios Amazon REDD Project: EasyJet’s phantom carbon credits are generated by logging the forest

By Chris Lang 14 May 2021
“It’s a scam. Neither planting trees nor avoiding deforestation will make a flight carbon neutral.”
That’s Britaldo Silveira Soares-Filho, a Professor of environmental modelling at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, speaking to Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism website.
Last week Unearthed and the Guardian published articles questioning the use of REDD carbon offsets by airlines.
The aviation industry is not covered by the UNFCCC. The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set up a carbon trading scheme called Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). Instead of reducing emissions from flying, CORSIA allows the industry to expand and use offsets to claim that it is addressing the climate crisis.
Meanwhile, several major airline corporations have announced carbon offsetting schemes, including British Airways, EasyJet, Delta, Air France, Iberia, Qantas, and United Airlines.
For the full article visit REDD-Monitor.