Problems with carbon offsetting tend to vary but for many it can be an issue of whether the carbon is actually being offset. In some cases, scams or fraud are found and this can weaken the trust that consumers may have, making them less likely to purchase carbon credits to offset the pollution they cause.
Many of the issues surrounding carbon offsetting can be prevented by allowing individuals to manage projects themselves. Individually managed offsetting projects can help to ensure that adequate results are delivered in a more timely and accountable manner. Projects to manage this may be local organizations that can monitor progress and ensure that carbon pollution is effectively being reduced. Areas where the reduction is visible encourage others to continue to offset their carbon output.
Additionally, individually managed offsetting programs can also encourage the local community to make other changes. These changes might include better recycling programs, carpooling or improved public transportation systems. When combined with an offsetting program that works, the impact of the community on the environment can be greatly lessened.