April 25, 2024

Carbon Neutral vs Carbon Net-Zero

Virtual, Instructor-Led

Event Summary

This course will provide an overview of the carbon offset market and the claims associated with offset use (Carbon Neutral vs. Net Zero). Participants will become proficient with the primary carbon registries (ACR, CAR, Verra, and Gold Standard) and the process in which offsets are generated, delivered, and retired. The course will provide additional commentary on the dichotomy between carbon neutral claims vs. net zero claims with respect to the types of offsets used and currently accepted standards.

Attendees will receive 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) upon approval.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify differences in carbon neutral and net zero claims with respect to currently accepted standards.
  • Understand process of offset generation, delivery, and retirement (and associated claims).
  • Gain familiarity with the primary carbon registries.
  • Determine key factors driving carbon offset pricing.

Who Should Attend

Corporate Sustainability Leadership, Corporate EHS Leadership, Sustainability Managers, EH&S Managers, Procurement Managers, Sustainability Technical Staff, Environmental Technical Staff, Public Affairs, Business Development


Meet Your Instructor

John McDougal

VP Environmental Products | Anew

Mr. McDougal is the carbon offset portfolio manager for Anew and his responsibilities include managing one of the largest and diversified offset portfolios in the world for the purpose of supporting organizations that are working toward decarbonization with the use of carbon offsets and other environmental attributes as a complement to their direct emission reduction activities. Mr. McDougal has over 10 years of experience in the environmental credit markets and specializes in development, asset management, and commercialization of carbon offset projects located in the US and internationally. Prior to managing Anew’s offset portfolio, Mr. McDougal worked on the company’s engineering desk to support the development of its renewable natural gas portfolio and managed over 16 carbon offset projects operating around the U.S., and successfully completed over 50 verifications as the project proponent for over 20 carbon offset projects registered with the Climate Action Reserve, the Verified Carbon Standard, or the American Carbon Registry. Prior to joining Anew in May 2011, Mr. McDougal worked as an Environmental Scientist for Millennium Science and Engineering in Atlanta, GA. His main tasks included environmental remediation of impacted industrial and commercial properties, construction oversight, and assisting clients with permitting and complying with state and federal regulations for site specific operations. Mr. McDougal has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of Georgia and an M.S. in Environmental Analysis and Management from Rice University in Houston, TX.


From 04-25-2024 9:00 am CST until 04-25-2024 10:00 am CST



Registration Information
Member $295
Non-Member $495

3% fee applied if paying by a credit card

Who can attend?

SGA Cancellation Policy "C"

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