Carbon Offsets and Shifting Harms


  • Luke Elson University of Reading, United Kingdom



Carbon offsets either remove greenhouse gases from the air or prevent emissions thereof. They face questions both economic (is ‘net zero’ really reached?) and moral. I defend the moral permissibility of off-sets. They likely shift climate harms around, but that need not be unjust—and in any case we cannot avoid doing that.

Author Biography

Luke Elson, University of Reading, United Kingdom

Luke Elson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. His main research interests are in rational choice theory and ethics of all kinds.




How to Cite

Elson, L. (2024). Carbon Offsets and Shifting Harms. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 17(1), aa-aa.