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ClientEarth Communications

20th April 2023


Corporate Net Zero Pledges: Are Nature-Based Offsets Legitimate?

Net zero commitments now famously cover over 90% of the global economy. Optimists see this as a sign of an unstoppable shift in the business world to a zero emissions future. Critics call greenwash, pointing to flaws in private sector implementation and companies’ possible overreliance on nature-based offsets.

Are forestry solutions a legitimate element of corporate net zero plans? How will upcoming regulations set expectations for the use of these offsets?

ClientEarth and the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law invite you to a panel discussion to explore these key challenges to corporate net zero pledges, including methodologies to assess the legitimacy of nature-based offsets, and the evolving legal implications for those corporations whose pledges do not stand up to scrutiny.

In collaboration with the Columbia Climate School.

  • Moderated by Michael Gerrard, Professor and Faculty Director, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School
  • Paul DeNoon, Senior Advisor, Columbia Climate School
  • Danielle Lackey, Head of North America, ClientEarth
  • Peter Lehner, Director of Sustainable Food & Farming Program, Earthjustice
  • Yevgeny Shrago, Senior Counsel and Policy Advisor, CFTC Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero
  • Perrine Toledano, Director of Research and Policy, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

More panelists to be announced soon

Key information

Date: Tuesday September 19th, 2023

Time: Arrival at 06:45pm for a prompt 07:00pm start. Panel ends at 08:15pm. Event finishes at 09:00pm. (US/ET)

Venue: Blue Gallery NYC, 222 E 46th St, New York, NY, United States, 10017

  • This event is in-person-only and free to attend. Registration required. Please register here
  • Should the tickets be sold out please email to be added to the waiting list.
  • Should you have any questions, please email us at