Carbon Offsets Vs. RECs: What's The Difference

If you follow green business news, you will often read how a company is buying carbon offsets or renewable energy credits (RECs) to reduce the impact of its business practices. 

But do you understand the differences between offsets and credits? 

For starters, carbon offsets are measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide or its equivalents, while RECS are measure in kilowatt hours. 

You can read a good, detailed explanation of the differences between the two at Find out how each is generated, what types of projects they support and why companies or individuals may want to purchase one over the other.


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