About

Carbon Market Watch is an international NGO with a unique expertise in carbon pricing. Our strength is the combination of in-depth policy expertise and close work with community groups in countries across the world.

Our Mission

Carbon Market Watch’s mission is to ensure that carbon pricing policies drive a just transition towards zero-carbon societies. We promote environmental integrity and human rights and empower communities to participate in decision making processes related to climate policies.

Our Approach

Evidence-based advocacy is central to our work. Our strength is the unique combination of in-depth policy expertise, strong communication skills and close work with community groups in over 60 countries across the world.

Our Goals

We work at the global, European, national as well as local levels in numerous countries. Our key campaign goals are:

  1. Ensuring a high enough carbon price that reflects the true cost of pollution on the society.
  2. Advocating for ambitious and rapid climate action in the aviation and shipping sectors.
  3. Protecting human rights and ensuring robust governance for results-based climate finance through UN mechanisms.
  4. Pushing for high environmental integrity of climate mitigation actions and raising Europe’s climate ambition.

Our Network

We believe in bottom-up advocacy. Since 2009, we have established a global network, which connects over 600 NGOs and academics in over 60 countries, operating in English, French, and Spanish. We have established strong partnerships inter alia through regional capacity-building workshops in South and East Europe as well as most major regions across the globe, including China, India, West Africa, South and Central America.

Our Channels and Partnerships

Carbon Market Watch is an accredited member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is registered in the joint transparency register of the European Commission and European Parliament for interest groups.

As a member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) and several other high level policy fora, we work with representatives of governments, the private sector, and civil society to promote effective carbon pricing policies that deliver emissions reductions while encouraging innovation and protecting the rights of those affected.

As a member of the Climate Action Network (CAN), a worldwide network of over 950 NGOs, we coordinate two working groups, on market mechanisms, and aviation & shipping. We are a member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) as well as the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation, and the Clean Shipping Coalition, civil society observer groups that monitor negotiations in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) respectively. 

We represent European NGOs in the Steering Committee of the Extraterritorial Obligations (ETO) Consortium, a network of 140 civil society organisations and academics working on human rights.

Read more about the different policy fora we active in here.

Our History

Carbon Market Watch is the successor of the campaign CDM Watch launched in 2009. Since 2010, we have established offices in Belgium and Austria, that connect with a growing international network. You will find our statutes here.


Donations are sincerely welcome!

Would you like to support us in our exciting initiatives? The challenge we face as a non-profit organization is raising enough money to continue our work. Your donation, no matter what size, can help a great deal.

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You can also donate by bank transfer using the following details:

Bank name: Raiffeisenbank
IBAN: AT54 3429 0000 0952 4216
BIC: RZOOAT2L290

Your generosity is hugely appreciated! For every donation a confirmation of receipt will be sent.