Spectator Out Loud

Carbon offsetting: medieval indulgence or the way to Net Zero?

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Kate Andrews

Carbon offsetting refers to the suite of schemes that compensate for the emissions we put out, by making up for them elsewhere. Included in those schemes are so-called 'nature-based solutions' - initiatives designed to protect and transform land, like tree planting. But with offsetting in the news for all the wrong reasons - like Harry and Meghan's private jet-setting lifestyle - is it a medieval indulgence, allowing the rich to absolve their environmental sins; or the way to Net Zero, which the government has committed to achieve by 2050? Do nature-based solutions work, and how should their performance be measured?

Kate Andrews hosts the podcast and speaks to Tony Juniper, Head of Natural England; Robert Courts, Conservative MP for Witney; and Harvonne Yap, Global Origination Lead for Environmental Products at Shell, which is sponsoring this podcast.