Archive of April 2007
The environment minister Ian Pearson explains why the government is working towards a code of best practice on carbon offsetting and why it believes offsetting can be an effective part of a realistic strategy to combat climate change.
The Green Party's principal speaker Dr Derek Wall highlights the shortcomings of carbon offsetting, concluding it can have only a very limited role in the fight against climate change. He argues any system will need to be regulated by strong legislation to ensure companies do offset carbon emissions as promised.
Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Chris Huhne says carbon offsetting must be more than just a fashion statement if it is to have a real positive effect on climate change. He argues the long-term objective must be to reduce carbon emissions.