Barbara Haya, Ph.D.
Center for Environmental Public Policy (CEPP)
University of California, Berkeley
bhaya at berkeley dot edu
Berkeley Carbon Trading Project
The Berkeley Carbon Trading Project combines interdisciplinary research with policy outreach focused on the effectiveness of carbon trading programs. The project is currently focused on California’s carbon offset program, which is expected to contribute substantially to how the state will achieve its emissions targets and to offer a potential model for other new offset programs around the world.
The Berkeley Carbon Trading Project’s approach is multifaceted and includes:
• Assessing the outcomes thus far of California’s six domestic offset protocols in reducing emissions and avoiding false crediting
• Providing input into California’s proposed implementation of an international sector-based forest offset program called REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation)
• Working to ensure that our research results inform policy enactment and implementation in California and by new offset programs being developed internationally
Documents & Resources:
Joint comment letter from 110 social and conservation scientists on California’s proposed Tropical Forest Standard (TFS), submitted to the California Air Resources Board on November 14, 2018.
California’s cap-and-trade and offsets programs – Lessons for Oregon, Presentation to Engineers for a Sustainable Future, co-organized with Center for Sustainable Economy. October 9, 2018. Portland, OR.
Joint comments submitted to the California Air Resources Board on methods for determining whether offset projects result in Direct Environmental Benefits in the State (DEBS), Submitted July 20, 2018.
Comments submitted to the California Air Resources Board on proposed amendments to the state's cap-and-trade regulation, Submitted May 10, 2018.
Comments submitted to the California Air Resources Board on proposed amendments to the state's cap-and-trade regulation, Submitted Mar. 16, 2018.
Fact Sheet: The Size of California’s Carbon Offset Program, last updated June 12, 2018.
Fact Sheet: California’s U.S. Forest Offset Protocol Over-credits Reductions, prepared June 6, 2017.
Comments submitted to the California Air Resources Board on the state’s draft Climate Change Scoping Plan Update – the proposed strategy for achieving California’s 2030 greenhouse gas target, Submitted Nov. 21, 2016.
Comments submitted to the California Air Resources Board on the state’s proposed REDD program and linkage with Acre, Brazil, Submitted June 4, 2016.
Carbon Offsets in California: Science in the Policy Development Process, Barbara Haya, Aaron Strong, Emily Grubert, Danny Cullenward. Book chapter in: In New Trends in Communicating Risk and Resiliency: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Global Environmental Change, eds. J. Eichelberger, K. Taylor & Y. Kontar. Springer. (2016).
California’s Carbon Offsets Program — the Offset Limit Explained
This slide deck visually describes California’s offsets limit, and offers the data tables in a separate tab.
AB 398’s use of excess carbon credits instead of real reductions, July 17, 2017.