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[GreenYes] Re: Recycle Offset Credits?

Title: [GreenYes] Re: Recycle Offset Credits?

Rightfully so, in my opinion. I'm not sure where they are planning on
selling these carbon credits, but in effect, carbon credits mean that
when you avoid emissions through recycling, someone else buys the credit
and increases their emissions by the same the net benefit to
the climate is zero. And while Urban Ore's emissions avoidance might be
real, many others are scams -- which means that the carbon trading
program simply becomes a way of buying one's way out of carbon caps.

The environmental justice groups have come out quite strongly against
carbon trading. There's a great book on the topic, very conversationally
written, available free on PDF here:



Mary Lou Van Deventer wrote:
> At Urban Ore, one of our managers is investigating this carbon-offset 
> idea for our company.  Our attorney just asked me if the manager is 
> head of the Greenwashing Department.  We're kind of ambivalent about it.
> Mary Lou Van Deventer
> Urban Ore
> 900 Murray St.
> Berkeley, CA 94710
> marylouvan@no.address
> On Jun 19, 2008, at 12:00 PM, Jewell, Rebecca wrote:
>> SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, Jun 19, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) ----Paul 
>> Roszel, Chairman of RecycleNet Corporation (OTCBB: GARM)is pleased 
>> to introduce the Recycling Offset Credit (ROCs) program. This 
>> program provides a certified measurement system to recognize and 
>> reward companies for their recycling efforts. RecycleNet will issue/
>> award Recycling Offset Credits (ROCs) for each ton of material 
>> recycled by participants.
>> As a result of the increased awareness of climate change and global 
>> warming, more and more people have become concerned about greenhouse 
>> gas emissions and are developing strategies to reduce their carbon 
>> footprint. Many companies, individuals and institutions have 
>> implemented carbon neutral goals.
>> The Recycling Offset Credits (ROCs) program is an effort to provide 
>> a universally recognized standard to measure and certify recycling 
>> efforts and to demonstrate the economic impact of the recycling 
>> industry. Recycling Offset Credits (ROCs) may be used to calculate 
>> an equivalent offset of your carbon footprint.
>> RecycleNet Corporation invites any company, institution or 
>> organization to participate in the voluntary ROCs program by 
>> reporting materials recycled. There is no fee to participate and the 
>> program is open and applicable to anyone in all stages of the 
>> recycling/reverse distribution supply chain.
>> For more information and to participate in the Recycling Offset 
>> Credits program please visit
>> About RecycleNet
>> RecycleNet operates The Online Secondary Commodities Exchange. 
>> Founded in 1995, RecycleNet created a powerful platform to 
>> facilitate the international trade of secondary commodities. 
>> RecycleNet Corporation enables trade on a local, national and 
>> international basis with customized sites locating markets around 
>> the world in many different commodities. On any given day, there are 
>> in excess of $200 million in new items listed within our exchanges.
>> Rebecca Jewell
>> Recycling Programs Manager
>> Davis Street Station for Material Recycling & Transfer
>> A Waste Management company
>> 510-563-4214
>> Fun Fact: Waste Management recycled more than 5 million tons of 
>> commodities last year; preventing the release of more than 3.4 
>> million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
> >

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