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Carbon offsets in Australia
NCOS is the Australian Government's "National Carbon Offset Standard".
Internationally, the Gold Standard Foundation has significant support, describing itself as "A best practice methodology and a high quality carbon credit label for both Kyoto and voluntary markets".
The Qantas group and other airlines offer carbon credits to customers booking flights online, but the percentage taking up the offer is very small.
An analysis from 2008 suggested that less than 1% of Qantas passengers paid the offset, with figures for Virgin Blue suspected to be around the same, while 12% of Jetstar passengers paid.
Resources for further research
The Australian Government has a page of useful links for the purchase of NCOS eligible offsets
Notes and references
- Jetstar's carbon-offset program soars ahead, January 28, 2008, The Age.
- Should You Pay For Carbon Offsets When You Fly?, 4 April 2011, Lifehacker Australia.
- Carbon offsets (Updated: 25 Jul 2012). CHOICE (consumer advocacy organisation).
- Carbon Offset Program | Jetstar (budget airline in the Qantas group)
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