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Wall Street Firm Makes a $1.8 Billion Bet on Forest Carbon Offsets

Ryan Dezember of The Wall Street Journal reports on a new $1.8 billion bet on carbon offsets.

The C3 Take
  • Oak Hill Advisors, a subsidiary of T. Rowe Price Group, has led a consortium to purchase 1.7 million acres of woodland to advance voluntary carbon markets.
  • The firm, which now owns 1.8 million acres of timberland in the U.S., will manage its properties to sequester CO2 rather than turning it into timber and pulp.
  • Carbon markets offer companies an opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint, but the greenhouse gas reductions can be hard to measure.
  • Oak Hill and its partner Anew Climate LLC are hoping that its recent purchase of land will stimulate growth and accurate accounting for voluntary carbon markets.

“The 56 properties are mainly hardwood forest and range from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula down to Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, over to the Apalachicola River in Florida, up through Appalachia and to New York’s Adirondack Mountains.”

Read the full article here.

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