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The Offset Quality Initiative (OQI) was founded in November 2007 to provide leadership on greenhouse gas offset policy and best practices. OQI is a collaborative, consensus-based effort that brings together the collective expertise of its six nonprofit member organizations: The Climate Trust, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, California Climate Action Registry, the Environmental Resources Trust, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, and The Climate Group.
The four primary objectives of the Offset Quality Initiative are:
- To provide leadership, education, and expert analysis on the issues and challenges related to the design and use of offsets in climate change policy.
- To identify, articulate, and promote key principles that ensure the quality of greenhouse gas emission offsets.
- To advance the integration of those principles in emerging climate change policies at the state, regional, and federal levels.
- To serve as a source of credible information on greenhouse gas offsets, leveraging the diverse collective knowledge and experience of OQI members.
The Offset Quality Initiative achieves its objectives through the development of white papers and regulatory comments, through presentations and workshops, and through meetings with key policymakers, media, and other stakeholders.
OQI is not a lobbying group, but rather it is an informational resource for policymakers and other stakeholders regarding the appropriate inclusion of offsets in emerging climate policy.
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The work of the Offset Quality Initiative is generously supported by the Energy Foundation.