Introducing CMW

Carbon Market Watch is an independent, not-for-profit watchdog and research organisation with unique expertise in carbon pricing and a track record of shaping and influencing international and European climate policy. Our strengths lie in evidence-based advocacy to improve climate policymaking, turning complex issues into comprehensible messages, and helping people understand and influence those policies.

What we want to achieve

Carbon Market Watch exists to ensure that carbon pricing and other climate policies cut pollution and drive a just transition towards zero-carbon societies. Given the urgency of halting the climate breakdown, we want market-based climate policies to fulfil their promise and be used in wise combination with regulatory and incentivising measures.

Our key goals

  • Campaigning for ambitious and rapid climate action in all sectors of the economy, including aviation and shipping

How we work

Evidence-based advocacy is central to our work. We watch critically over the design and implementation of market-based climate policy tools in particular and call out where these underperform, lead to environmental damage or ignore people’s rights. We turn complex issues into a comprehensible language to inform media, policymakers and civil society organisations. We help people understand and influence climate policies that affect them.

What guides us in our work

We are guided by and uphold the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Fair and effective climate policies depend on robust democratic processes. Climate measures need to be implemented in line with universal human rights so that they work for people and the environment. We take responsibility for our own unavoidable carbon footprint through an internal carbon budget and adhere to our values of transparency and democratic governance in our own practices. 

Our channels of influence and partnerships

Carbon Market Watch is an accredited observer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is registered in the European Union transparency register for interest groups.

We are observers at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as part of civil society groups, namely the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation and the Clean Shipping Coalition.

We contribute to several high-level policy fora and are a member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC). We work with representatives of governments, the private sector, and civil society to promote effective carbon pricing policies that reduce emissions 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 and shipping. We are also a member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

How we grew to renown

Carbon Market Watch grew out of a decade’s work of scrutinising the implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a carbon offsetting programme under the UN’s Kyoto Protocol. In the course of investigating the effects of CDM projects in countries of the Global South, Carbon Market Watch (then called “CDM Watch”) built a cooperation network with community groups across the world.

Carbon Market Watch is a Not-for-profit Association registered in Belgium

Donations are 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.

If you can provide such a gift, you can donate by bank transfer using the following details:

Bank name: KBC Bank
IBAN: BE09 7390 1966 7557

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

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