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Lovell, H, Offsetting, Companion to Environmental Studies, Routledge, N Castree, M Hulme and JD Proctor (ed), Abingdon, pp. 223-227. ISBN 9781138192195 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Offsetting in relation to the environment involves undertaking additional environmentally beneficial activity in order to compensate for known environmental damage elsewhere. The aim is to achieve ‘no net loss’ of environmental assets, so offsetting is about counteracting or neutralising environmental harm – for example caused by a new road or housing development. Offsetting is therefore conditional on being able to calculate the amount of environmental harm that has been done, as well as the benefit (in order that remedial activity can be undertaken). For this reason much of the day-today practice of offsetting has centred on valuation and measurement. A fundamental belief underpinning environmental offsetting is that different environmental activities are commensurable, i.e. that they can be made to be the same or equivalent.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:offsets, climate change, environmental markets
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Human geography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Mitigation of climate change
Objective Field:Climate change mitigation strategies
UTAS Author:Lovell, H (Mr Harrison Lovell)
ID Code:134260
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-08-05
Last Modified:2019-09-04

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