Derik Broekhoff

Derik Broekhoff,

Senior Scientist,

Stockholm Environment Institute

Wednesday, April 7, 2021,

2:30 to 3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*

Some of you may have seen Bill Gates commenting recently that he “compensates” for his globe trotting in a private jet by buying carbon offsets. Really? Is this a “fair trade”? Do carbon offsets actually have any effect on net world pollution? As part of the ASA series on sustainability, this webinar will explore this often confusing subject. 

From their origin as a market-based regulatory tool 20 years ago, carbon offsets have become an increasingly popular option for companies and individuals hoping to lessen their burden on the climate. But “offsetting” has faced a lot of questions from a skeptical public. Does it really work? What does it really mean to be “carbon neutral”? This talk will demystify carbon offsets, explain what makes a “good” offset, and provide some context on the role offsets can play in global efforts to address climate change.

Presenter Derik Broekhoff has worked on energy and climate policy for more than 20 years, with an emphasis on greenhouse gas accounting, emissions trading, and carbon offsets. His current project is an evaluation of how local government actions can complement national policies and increase the ambition of greenhouse gas mitigation targets under the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Prior to joining the Stockholm Environment Institute in Seattle, Derik was vice president for policy at the Climate Action Reserve in Los Angeles, where he oversaw development of the Reserve’s voluntary carbon offset program and its transition into California’s regulatory cap-and-trade program. Previously, he worked on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. He has advised numerous state, national, and multi-national policy initiatives on carbon accounting and program design, including voluntary and regulatory offset programs and programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation.  

This presentation is sponsored by the AV Sustainability Committee

Derik Broekhoff can be reached at 

*For access to the Webinar, please email

Written by Marna Broekhoff, Academy Village Volunteer (and mother of Derik)

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