About

Our Mission

Carbon Market Watch’s mission is to help ensure that climate policies such as carbon pricing and climate finance effectively contribute to the just transition towards climate friendly societies. We promote environmental integrity, transparency, and good governance in policy solutions that reduce emissions and further sustainable development.

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. An ambitious mid-century decarbonisation strategy for Europe
  2. A fair carbon price that reflects the true cost of pollution on society
  3. Decarbonisation of Europe’s power and industry sectors by 2050
  4. Rapid and ambitious climate action to tackle international transport emissions
  5. Quality assurance of international climate finance

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 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

The not-for profit organisation Carbon Market Watch is the successor of the campaign CDM Watch launched in 2009. Since 2010, Carbon Market Watch has established offices in Brussels and Austria, that connects with a growing international network.