What is meant by leakage and substitution of forest carbon?

October 05, 2021

Presenter: Stephen Prisley

Forest carbon offset markets are where companies pay to offset their greenhouse gas emissions by buying offset credits. Forest landowners and managers can produce and sell these credits by increasing the carbon storage in their forests in a specific forest carbon offset project. But to grasp the real greenhouse gas impacts from these projects, we must consider “leakage” and “substitution”- both are ripple effects of the offset project. This short video will explain why leakage and substitution are critical and how they are measured… or not!