FTC To Host Public Workshop on Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates

Will Focus on Consumer Protection Aspects of Environmental Marketing

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As part of its review of its environmental marketing guidelines, also known as the Green Guides, the Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop on carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates (RECs) on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the agency’s satellite building in Washington, DC. Carbon offsets fund projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in one place in order to counterbalance or “offset” emissions that occur elsewhere. RECs are created when renewable power generators sell their electricity as conventional electricity and then sell the environmental attributes of their power separately through a certificate. At the workshop, FTC staff will explore advertising claims related to these products, as well as issues of consumer perception, substantiation, and self-regulation.

WHAT: Workshop on Carbon Offsets and Renewable Energy Certificates
WHERE: FTC Conference Center – Satellite Building
601 New Jersey Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
WHEN: Tuesday, January 8, 2008; 9 am - 5:00 pm (check-in starts at
8:15 am)
AGENDA: Posted at: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/workshops/carbonoffsets/index.shtml
PRESS CONTACT: FTC Office of Public Affairs

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