FAQs and Explainers

Here at Carbon Market Watch, we’re aware that our work areas are not famous for their accessibility: these are technical issues abounding with jargon and, for anyone without prior knowledge, can be difficult to understand.  That’s why we’ve created these guides for anyone dipping their toes into this complex area of climate action. 

FAQ: Deciphering Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

The rules governing carbon markets agreed at the COP26 in Glasgow have sparked significant interest and confusion. If you are among the perplexed, this hand Carbon Market Watch guide provides answers to frequently asked questions about Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

EU ETS 101: A beginner’s guide to the EU’s Emissions Trading System

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is often referred to as a cornerstone of EU climate policy. But why is this the case? What led to its creation? And how will it help shift EU funding from polluting activities to climate action, innovation and energy sector modernisation?

A brief explanation of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

According to the European Commission’s proposal, a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) would contribute to the achievement of climate neutrality by 2050. This explainer sheds light on some of the most frequent questions about CBAM, such as: what’s its objective? How will it work in practice? Which sectors and emissions are covered by CBAM? 

Penetrating the carbon removal smokescreen

Carbon dioxide removal is a controversial and widely misunderstood topic. Harnessed properly, it can help cool our planet and combat global heating. Misused, it can be reduced to an exercise in greenwashing and creative climate bookkeeping that enables polluters to continue polluting with impunity. We explain more in a series of videos.