Wolf Lichtenstein

This article was first published by the CleanTech Alliance Washington, on January 11, 2016 There is a great deal of momentum in Washington and around the globe to put a price on carbon. The basic precept is that by monetizing carbon pollution, the market will adjust, moving operations away from a costly source of energy to one that is more affordable. Yet, fossil fuels are entrenched in our society, and the resistance to pry ourselves away from fossil fuels is huge. So much of our infrastructure […]

The Looming Price on Carbon: Market vs. the Social ...

This article was originally published on November 12, 2015 by the WA CleanTech Alliance Here in Washington, and in the rest of the world, there is a hot debate over putting a price on carbon. Beyond the merits and outcomes of a cap and trade system or a carbon tax, greenhouse gases must be measured and accounted for in order to assign a price to it. This process must be rigorous and verified.  Regardless of the emission source, the “currency” of carbon is measured in metric […]

Carbon Accounting in the Cap & Trade and Carbon Tax ...

  This post was originally published on February 23, 2014 Last fall I was asked to present at a local community college on Carbon Offsets; what they are, how they work, and what would be the benefit of purchasing offsets. Another conversation I had with a family friend, a project manager and engineer for one of those big multinational energy companies, had me again explaining, if not defending, the value of carbon offsets. My friend’s view was that all carbon offsets are a joke, fictitious, and […]

So… what’s an offset?

Originally posted April 10, 2014 I have recently engaged with an engineer for an outdoor equipment design and manufacturing firm. This design engineer is very keen on bringing a formalized environmental (sustainability) management system to his company. He knows it’s the right thing to do. Intuitively, and through the initial sustainability metrics he has gathered and analyzed, he knows moving to integrate sustainability issues into product planning will pay off. He knows that by paying close attention to the types and how much energy is used […]

The Paradox in Sustainability Reporting