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April 18, 2013

Offsetters highlights recent global stories on innovative carbon

VANCOUVER, April 18, 2013 /CNW/ – Since launching in 2005,
Vancouver-based Offsetters Climate Solutions has worked with more than
150 clients in various sectors helping to offset more than six million
tonnes of carbon, the equivalent of taking more than 1.25 million cars
off the road for one year.

“As we mark the 43rd annual Earth Day, our team is inspired by so many
of our partners who were early adopters and are leaders when it comes
to managing and taking responsibility for their own carbon footprints,”
says Jeff Calvert, CFO and VP, sales and marketing for Offsetters
Climate Solutions. “On a global level, we are proud of these game
changing initiatives when it comes to how we think about carbon

        --  In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Mai Ndombe REDD+
            project protects approximately 300,000 hectares of humid
            tropical and swamp forest located in the Congo River Basin,
            providing habitat for threatened and endemic species as well as
            important landscape-level connectivity. Beyond the direct
            climate benefits, the Mai Ndombe project will conserve
            ecosystem integrity and wildlife habitat, while facilitating
            sustainable development and conservation initiatives in local
            communities. Several social and economic community benefits
            will result from project activities including: building schools
            and healthcare centres, assisting with transportation to
            off-concession markets for agricultural and other products,
            improved agricultural and aquaculture production techniques,
            and recruitment of employees from the local communities.

        --  Along British Columbia's North and Central Coast and Haida
            Gwaii, Offsetters managed the development of the Great Bear
            Forest Carbon Project, an Improved Forest Management project
            which generates emission reductions by protecting forest areas
            that were previously designated, sanctioned or approved for
            commercial logging. Without offset funds, these protected areas
            would not have been established and tree harvest levels would
            not have been reduced. The Great Bear Rainforest is unique as
            it is the only forest management project of its scale in North
            America. It involves an unprecedented level of collaboration
            between local First Nations and the BC Government, strong legal
            and policy foundations, and robust data to support the
            quantification of ecosystem services. This is not a
            conservation project; it is a model for sustainable development
            in an ecologically and culturally vulnerable area, that is also
            economically valuable. Funds from the sale of carbon offsets in
            the Great Bear Rainforest will go towards creating jobs within
            the local First Nations communities. By creating a conservation
            economy that puts a dollar value on carbon absorption, funds
            are returned to the original stewards of this land. Returning
            forest management to the coastal First Nations provides new
            employment opportunities at home for First Nations in the Great
            Bear Rainforest.

        --  Fifty per cent of the harvested Canadian boreal forest is
            currently used to produce paper products. In late 2012,
            Offsetters released a
            research study
            that compared Manitoba's Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc.'snewly
            launched 80 per cent wheat straw-based Step Forward
            Paper(TM)with other copy paper types available in North
            America. Research results demonstrate that Step Forward
            Paper's(TM) wheat straw-based paper is the best performing
            copy paper type studied, with the lowest overall climate
            impact. Why was this important? Canada's boreal forest is home
            to eight of the 10 largest intact forest ecosystems left in the
            world. The boreal forest contains an interconnected ecosystem
            of plants, animals, insects and microorganisms that interact
            with the physical environment of soil, water and air. This
            essential global resource plays a significant role in
            mitigating climate change by absorbing and storing carbon

        --  Following the success of the 2010 Games, Offsetters helped to
            offset the 2011 Baltimore Indy, the CFL Grey Cup (2012),
            Canada's Olympic team for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games,
            and in 2013 signed an agreement with the America's Cup Event
            Authorityto help the organizers of the Summer of Racing in San
            Francisco to reach its sustainability goal of having the event
            be carbon neutral. Offsetters will provide a portfolio of high
            quality carbon credits that have strong links to marine
            benefits and the sport of sailing while managing the America's
            Cup Sustainability Credit ("ACSC") Program. In late 2011,
            Offsetters CEO James Tansey was selected as an adviser to the
            United Nations Environment Programme to Sochi 2014, helping to
            provide support to the organization to identify and mitigate
            environmental impacts surrounding the upcoming Winter Olympics.

About Offsetters Climate Solutions
Offsetters is North America’s leading carbon management solutions
provider. Founded in 2005, the company helps organizations and
individuals understand, reduce, and offset their climate impact.
Offsetters was the first official supplier of carbon offsets in the
history of the Olympic movement (Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games). Its team of industry leaders specializes in the
origination, development and commercialization of high-quality carbon
offset projects and is proud to also provide clients with a
comprehensive offering of sustainability consultancy services. Based in
Vancouver, Canada, Offsetters has worked with over 150 of the world’s
most prestigious organizations including Aimia and lululemon athletica.
For more information, please visit www.offsetters.ca.

SOURCE Offsetters Climate Solutions

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