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The Great Carbon Market Debates: Is it over for offsetting?

Oxford Martin School
Online & In-person
Event date
Event time
5:15 - 6:30pm GMT

Organiser's description (via the Oxford Martin School):

Critics and proponents of offsetting agree: achieving global net zero emissions is essential. But how we get there is up for debate.

Once hailed as a key solution to help individuals, organisations and governments achieve net zero emissions, offsetting approaches, and the carbon market underpinning them, have been plagued by bad actors, bad credits, and bad press.

But is the era of carbon offsetting over? Or could it still be reformed – not only offering a critical path to net zero, but also providing a necessary and efficient way to drive investment in mitigation projects, nature and sustainable livelihoods?

Finally, does the carbon market need offsetting, or could it still grow without selling "offsets"?

Join an expert panel of academics and practitioners as they discuss the future of net zero aligned carbon offsetting.


  • Professor Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science, School of Geography and the Environment
  • Kaya Axelsson, Head of Policy and Partnerships, Oxford Net Zero, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
  • Sabine Frank, Executive Director, Carbon Market Watch
  • Lydia Sheldrake, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI)
  • Professor Mette Morsing (Chair), Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

This discussion will be followed by a drinks reception, all welcome.

This is a joint event with The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment