Carbon Offset Company - Not Delivering on Promises - Official
EU denounces socialite’s carbon offset project - Times Online
A PIONEERING climate change project in Africa run by Robin Birley, the socialite stepbrother of Zac Goldsmith, has been accused by the European commission, its main donor, of making unsubstantiated claims about its environmental impact.
The project has received more than £1m in public grants and money from celebrities in the music and film business. They include Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones and Brad Pitt, the actor.
The project attempts to offset an individual’s carbon footprint by paying poor farmers in Mozambique to plant trees...
The commission’s criticism comes amid increased concern about the worth of these fashionable but largely unregulated carbon offset schemes. Critics say it is almost impossible to guarantee that the trees will survive the length of time needed to offset any significant carbon emissions. ...The commission also warned that the money flowing into the Gorongosa area had attracted hundreds of poor farmers who were now cutting down trees,...[Envirotrade] are selling products that are not delivering what was promised and the public needs to know.”