What type of carbon credits are allowed under the IATA carbon offset program?


Airlines participating in the IATA carbon offset program typically offer carbon credits stemming from renewable energy or other high-quality projects that follow the stringent quality requirements of the Quality Assurance Standard (QAS).

Approved offsets must carry one of the following high-quality certificates:

  • Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) - issued under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
  • Voluntary Emission Reductions (VERs) - Gold Standard or Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) version 2007 onwards.
  • Approved REDD+ methodology projects - based on sustainable land use.

The following projects are not allowed to be offered under the IATA carbon offset program:

  • Hydropower projects generating more than 20 megawatts.
  • Projects using hydroflourocarbon-23 (HFC23).
  • Forestry offset projects not based on sustainable REDD+ project methodologies.

For more information visit https://qascarbonneutral.com.

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