Carbon Offsets

How do Carbon Offsets work?

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Carbon sources

Emit greenhouse gases into the environment 

Carbon sinks

Absorb greenhouse gases and store them or transform them

To reach 'carbon neutrality', Duke needs its carbon emissions to at least equal the amount of carbon it takes out of the environment.  

To be climate neutral, Duke will have to offset around 70,000

metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2024 and hopefully fewer emissions each year after.

Though Duke plans to dramatically reduce its emissions, it expects to still have some emissions in 2024. Duke will use carbon offsets to reduce the remaining emissions.

Carbon Offset projects that take greenhouse gases out of the environment will help Duke get to carbon neutrality or even make the university a carbon sink.

Current and Future Carbon Offset Projects

More information on Carbon Offset's projects ---> 

Click objectives to see how DCOI evaluates carbon offsets projects  

Prioritize local and regional offsets that provide significant environmental, economic, and social benefits.

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Objective 1

Facilitate and catalyze high-integrity, unique offset projects by serving as a resource for peer institutions.

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Objective 3

Implement the offset strategy in a way that provides educational opportunities for students, staff, and faculty

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Objective 2

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