The Federal Trade Commission is planning to host a public workshop on January 8, 2008 to examine the emerging market for carbon offsets (i.e., greenhouse gas emission reduction products) and renewable energy certificates, and related advertising claims. The workshop will focus on consumer protection issues in these markets, such as consumer perception of carbon offset and REC advertising claims and substantiation for such claims. This workshop is one component of the Commission’s regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims (16 CFR Part 260), which the FTC is announcing in a separate, concurrent Federal Register notice.* For questions related to the workshop, contact Hampton Newsome, Attorney, Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, at 202-326-2889.
The event is free and open to the public. Due to the large number of pre-registrants, the FTC's Conference Center is approaching full capacity; and therefore, pre-registration for this workshop is closed. However, there will be some seating available on a first-come first-served basis for those who have not pre-registered. Please note that on-site registration begins at 8:15 am on Tuesday, January 8th.
You also can view the event remotely via webcast. Return to this page on January 8th for a link to the webcast.
All attendees will be required to display a current driver's license or other valid form of photo identification. The Conference Center is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need an accommodation related to a disability, please call Elaine Meyer, Honors Paralegal, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, at 202-326-2795.