publication . Article . 2010

Improved stove programs need robust methods to estimate carbon offsets

Rufus Edwards; Michael Johnson; Omar Masera;
Open Access
  • Published: 13 Jan 2010 Journal: Climatic Change, volume 102, pages 641-649 (issn: 0165-0009, eissn: 1573-1480, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • Country: United States
Current standard methods result in significant discrepancies in carbon offset accounting compared to approaches based on representative community based subsamples, which provide more realistic assessments at reasonable cost. Perhaps more critically, neither of the currently approved methods incorporates uncertainties inherent in estimates of emission factors or non-renewable fuel usage (fNRB). Since emission factors and fNRB contribute 25% and 47%, respectively, to the overall uncertainty in offset estimates for Purépecha communities in Mexico, exclusion of this uncertainty is a critical omission. When the recommended uncertainty for default emission factors and...
free text keywords: Atmospheric Science, Global and Planetary Change, Earth Sciences, Meteorology/Climatology, Fuel efficiency, Land use, land-use change and forestry, Confidence interval, Greenhouse gas, Carbon offset, Stove, Environmental protection, Clean Development Mechanism, Environmental science, Statistics, Emission inventory
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