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EMISSION CUTS

How do we cut absolute emissions in the U.S.?


We irrevocably remove carbon pollution rights from use by polluters and issue, register and retire ACERs or AIR TO EARTH Certified Emission Receipts backed by these rights. We cut emissions in a measurable and high integrity way when we remove pollution rights from use by fossil power plants. We link carbon removal innovation to these cuts. We provide our expertise and services to the public through our website, and to corporations, institutions and government agencies directly.




What is the difference between ACERs and traditional carbon offsets?


Offsetting is a flawed concept and has had a complicated legacy. The 2020’s will be known as the deep emissions cut decade, if we are to have any shot at keeping warming within 1.5C above pre-industrial times. Carbon emissions need to be cut in half by the end of this decade. Think about that. How? Well, Science Based Targets Initiative sets forth protocols for corporations. We are simply extending those protocols to individuals. Cut your own emissions. Fund high-integrity emissions cuts beyond your home. Remove the rest. That is the playbook. It is imperative that any action you take to cut emissions beyond your home is measurable and actually benefits the planet. ACERs represent emission cuts here in the U.S. and are backed by carbon pollution rights that have been irrevocably removed from use. We cut emissions in a measurable and high integrity way. We link carbon removal innovation to these cuts, because carbon removal by natural and other means are presently in very short supply.




Are traditional carbon offsets good?


Under the right circumstances, yes. Unfortunately, there are many examples of carbon offsets that were not created under the right circumstances, with increasing negative publicity surrounding their use in the voluntary carbon markets.(1,2) The fact that questionable offsets have been endorsed by companies that verified their validity has not helped. Detractors question the validity and quality of some carbon offset products, and whether or not they remove carbon in a permanent, additional, verifiable, enforceable and real manner. In ProPublica’s 2019 investigation, it was found that loggers in Brazil cut down trees once the offsets had been sold to U.S. and European corporations.(3) To date, offsetting by the voluntary carbon markets has been almost exclusively supplied by verified carbon credits issued by international projects. A fundamental concern of a project-based carbon credit is that the quantity of emissions reduction and/or carbon removal is unprovable – the reduction or removal is relative to an unobservable baseline.

(1) https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2020-nature-conservancy-carbon-offsets-trees/

(2) https://qz.com/2009746/not-all-carbon-offsets-are-a-scam-but-many-still-are/

(3) https://features.propublica.org/brazil-carbon-offsets/inconvenient-truth-carbon-credits-dont-work-deforestation-redd-acre-cambodia/





What will change when I purchase ACERs?


Regulated U.S. power plants have a license to emit carbon. In certain jurisdictions, they must pay for this right at auction. This cost to aquire pollution rights impacts the marginal cost of electricity generation and makes inefficient fossil generation less competive. Forcing power plants to acquire pollution rights at market prices changes the "economic dispatch" order. When we remove pollution rights that would otherwise be consumed by the U.S. power sector, we create additional scarcity in these markets which increases the marginal cost of inefficient fossil generation in the wholesale power market. By channeling voluntary demand and removing these pollution rights, we compel power generators to reduce emissions beyond stated goals or pay up to pollute, accelerating the U.S. power sector’s transition to clean energy. In addition, proceeds from the sale of these rights are plowed back into the local economy by state governments. They are used to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas abatement and other consumer benefit programs. Channeling voluntary demand into these auctions increases the proceeds available for reinvestment.





How are ACERs better?


ACERs can be accurately measured and verified - we issue, register and retire them for people who want to take climate action but are unsure of the process. There is no unobservable baseline that enters into the equation. We do not transact in carbon credits issued by international projects.

  • We deliver systemic change in the U.S.
  • We leverage successful U.S. regulatory frameworks that are proven and demonstrated to reduce emissions.
  • We remove carbon pollution rights that would otherwise be consumed by the U.S. power sector, reducing emissions beyond stated goals.
  • We register your voluntary climate action in our ACER Registry and properly credit you for cutting carbon emissions beyond your home.
For each ACER issued, we provide funding to innovate Direct Air Capture technology and advocate for natural carbon removal under The AIR TO EARTH Standard.




What are ACERs?


ACERs are an abbreviation for AIR TO EARTH Certified Emission Receipt. Each ACER represents 1 metric ton of absolute U.S. emissions reduction.




What is the AIR TO EARTH Standard?


The AIR TO EARTH Standard test can be applied to any voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reduction or removal product that is available in the marketplace and available for use by any individual, corporation, institution or governmental agency as a means to reduce or remove carbon emissions. The AIR TO EARTH Standard involves customary principals and requirements related to transparency, environmental integrity of emission reductions, including satisfaction of all “permanent, additional, verifiable, enforceable and real” tests, validity and verification of emissions reductions and tracking system disclosure to avoid double sales and double issuance. In addition, the AIR TO EARTH Standard employs the following principal - only measurable and high integrity carbon credits that actually benefit the planet should ever be used when taking climate action. All ACERs are issued under the AIR TO EARTH Standard.





 
 

OUR SERVICES

How do you keep track of my participation in the voluntary carbon markets?


We maintain a registry that we refer to as the ACER Registry. The most recent registry is located here.




Will the ACER Registry that is published on our website be audited by third parties?


YES, the ACER Registry, and the underlying pollution rights removed from use that back all ACERs issued, registered and retired, will be audited by a third party accounting firm on an annual basis.




Will you disclose my name on the ACER Registry?


Only if you give us permission to do so. We take privacy very seriously. If you do not want us to publish your name, we will not, however, we will reference your ACER activities to a unique customer number that we provide you via email.




Will the ACERs come with unique serial number identifiers linked to my unique customer number?


YES, please refer to the ACER Registry that shows ACER Serial Numbers for the ACERS that have been issued to date. The unique serial number range is denominated in kilograms of carbon dioxide removed and representative of Your Service Quantity for a particular Retirement Date multiplied by one thousand. Please refer to Terms of Use for additional detail.




Will you issue a certificate to me showing the total amount of ACERs that I have retired from time to time?


YES, we will send you one by email following each year that you retire ACERs




What other types of ACERs do you envision will be listed on the ACER Registry?


In addition to ACERs relating to the irrevocable removal from use of pollution rights, we anticipate issuing ACERs backed by other carbon removal projects that we or third parties develop in a manner that adhere to the AIR TO EARTH Standard, such as Direct Air Capture and Storage projects and nature-based projects.




Can I cancel or change my subscription?


YES, you can access your account through your log in page and cancel whenever you would like.





 
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We remove carbon by forcing U.S. power plants to reduce emissions when we remove pollution rights that they would otherwise use

OUR SERVICES

How do you keep track of my participation in the voluntary carbon markets?


We maintain a registry that we refer to as the ACER Registry. The most recent registry is located here.




Will the ACER Registry that is published on our website be audited by third parties?


YES, the ACER Registry, and the underlying pollution rights removed from use that back all ACERs issued, registered and retired, will be audited by a third party accounting firm on an annual basis.




Will you disclose my name on the ACER Registry?


Only if you give us permission to do so. We take privacy very seriously. If you do not want us to publish your name, we will not, however, we will reference your ACER activities to a unique customer number that we provide you via email.




Will the ACERs come with unique serial number identifiers linked to my unique customer number?


YES, please refer to the ACER Registry that shows ACER Serial Numbers for the ACERS that have been issued to date. The unique serial number range is denominated in kilograms of carbon dioxide removed and representative of Your Service Quantity for a particular Retirement Date multiplied by one thousand. Please refer to Terms of Use for additional detail.




Will you issue a certificate to me showing the total amount of ACERs that I have retired from time to time?


YES, we will send you one by email following each year that you retire ACERs




What other types of ACERs do you envision will be listed on the ACER Registry?


In addition to ACERs relating to the irrevocable removal from use of pollution rights, we anticipate issuing ACERs backed by other carbon removal projects that we or third parties develop in a manner that adhere to the AIR TO EARTH Standard, such as Direct Air Capture and Storage projects and nature-based projects.




Can I cancel or change my subscription?


YES, you can access your account through your log in page and cancel whenever you would like.





 

CARBON STORAGE

Is it safe to inject carbon underground?


It is a practice that has been used safely for many years by the oil and gas industry for Enhanced Oil Recovery. Carbon Storage in underground saltwater reservoirs is even more stringently regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). The EPA sets technical criteria for the permitting, geologic site characterization, area of review and corrective action requirements, financial responsibility, well construction, operations, mechanical integrity testing, monitoring, well plugging, post- injection site care and site closure. The permitting process requires significant geotechnical analysis and expenditures in order to qualify for the right to develop a Carbon Storage site.




How long will it stay underground?


Underground storage have durability terms greater than 1000 years.





 

OUR SERVICES

How do you keep track of my participation in the voluntary carbon markets?


We maintain a registry that we refer to as the ACER Registry. The most recent registry is located here.




Will the ACER Registry that is published on our website be audited by third parties?


YES, the ACER Registry, and the underlying pollution rights removed from use that back all ACERs issued, registered and retired, will be audited by a third party accounting firm on an annual basis.




Will you disclose my name on the ACER Registry?


Only if you give us permission to do so. We take privacy very seriously. If you do not want us to publish your name, we will not, however, we will reference your ACER activities to a unique customer number that we provide you via email.




Will the ACERs come with unique serial number identifiers linked to my unique customer number?


YES, please refer to the ACER Registry that shows ACER Serial Numbers for the ACERS that have been issued to date. The unique serial number range is denominated in kilograms of carbon dioxide removed and representative of Your Service Quantity for a particular Retirement Date multiplied by one thousand. Please refer to Terms of Use for additional detail.




Will you issue a certificate to me showing the total amount of ACERs that I have retired from time to time?


YES, we will send you one by email following each year that you retire ACERs




What other types of ACERs do you envision will be listed on the ACER Registry?


In addition to ACERs relating to the irrevocable removal from use of pollution rights, we anticipate issuing ACERs backed by other carbon removal projects that we or third parties develop in a manner that adhere to the AIR TO EARTH Standard, such as Direct Air Capture and Storage projects and nature-based projects.




Can I cancel or change my subscription?


YES, you can access your account through your log in page and cancel whenever you would like.





 
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OUR SERVICES

How do you keep track of my participation in the voluntary carbon markets?


We maintain a registry that we refer to as the ACER Registry. The most recent registry is located here.




Will the ACER Registry that is published on our website be audited by third parties?


YES, the ACER Registry, and the underlying pollution rights removed from use that back all ACERs issued, registered and retired, will be audited by a third party accounting firm on an annual basis.




Will you disclose my name on the ACER Registry?


Only if you give us permission to do so. We take privacy very seriously. If you do not want us to publish your name, we will not, however, we will reference your ACER activities to a unique customer number that we provide you via email.




Will the ACERs come with unique serial number identifiers linked to my unique customer number?


YES, please refer to the ACER Registry that shows ACER Serial Numbers for the ACERS that have been issued to date. The unique serial number range is denominated in kilograms of carbon dioxide removed and representative of Your Service Quantity for a particular Retirement Date multiplied by one thousand. Please refer to Terms of Use for additional detail.




Will you issue a certificate to me showing the total amount of ACERs that I have retired from time to time?


YES, we will send you one by email following each year that you retire ACERs




What other types of ACERs do you envision will be listed on the ACER Registry?


In addition to ACERs relating to the irrevocable removal from use of pollution rights, we anticipate issuing ACERs backed by other carbon removal projects that we or third parties develop in a manner that adhere to the AIR TO EARTH Standard, such as Direct Air Capture and Storage projects and nature-based projects.




Can I cancel or change my subscription?


YES, you can access your account through your log in page and cancel whenever you would like.





 
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