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Briefings
30 Jun 2021

Two Shades of Green: How hot air forest credits are being used to avoid carbon taxes in Colombia

Update 1 July: Verra published a statement in response to this report, questioning its findings and accusing it of using flawed methodologies. Our response to Verra is available here. Executive summary The Colombian government adopted a carbon tax of approximately US$5/tCO2e covering fossil fuels in 2016. Companies can avoid paying the tax by purchasing carbon…

Briefings
10 Jun 2021

How can the EU Emissions Trading System drive the aviation sector’s decarbonisation?

This policy paper complements the briefing “A New Hope – recommendations for the EU Emissions Trading System review” Introduction: The aviation sector is responsible for nearly 4% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions, and is the second biggest contributor to transport emissions, after road transport. While in flight, planes emit CO2 and also impact the…

Letters
20 Jan 2021

Joint letter to the European Commission on sustainable fuels

Dear Vice President Timmermans, Commissioner Valean, Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Breton We, the signatories, write to express our support for the goals of the European Green Deal for shipping and aviation, notably the objectives to deploy sustainable alternative fuels/energy via a dedicated Fuel EU Maritime and ReFuelEU Aviation initiatives. Maritime and aviation transport are important parts…

Briefings
24 Nov 2020

Carbon markets and agriculture – why offsetting is putting us on the wrong track

A joint briefing by Carbon Market Watch, Secours Catholique, CCFD – Terre Solidaire and Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP) Executive summary Climate mitigation projects in the agriculture sector, particularly those focused on storing carbon in soils, are increasingly being tied to carbon markets. But the impact of these initiatives is highly questionable. First,…

Policy Submissions
28 Aug 2020

Carbon Market Watch reply to the European Commission’s Inception Impact Assessment for updated rules to the EU ETS aviation coverage

Carbon Market Watch (CMW) welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to this European Commission Inception Impact Assessment (IIA), and urges the Commission, Parliament, and Council to adopt measures which strengthen the EU’s climate action in the aviation sector, as it currently falls short of the required level of ambition to meet the Paris Agreement’s objective…

Briefings
31 Jul 2020

Carbon markets 101 – the ultimate guide to global offsetting mechanisms

Introduction This briefing gives an overview of the current discussions under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement which establishes the foundation for market-based climate measures after 2020. It lays out key lessons from the Kyoto Protocol markets, highlights essential issues within the Article 6 negotiations, and provides recommendations on how to solve them. It concludes…

Letters
25 May 2020

Carbon market stakeholder letter to ICAO Council

The letter was updated on 27 May with a new signature Dear ICAO Council members, The ongoing global health crisis has led to a drop in air traffic which in turn has already caused tremendous economic hardship for the aviation sector’s workers. This situation has also led to a drop in CO2 emissions from international…

Briefings
30 Mar 2020

Six lessons from ICAO’s carbon market expert group report

In a recent report, the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) outlines restrictions for the types of carbon offsets that can be used by airlines under the new aviation carbon market CORSIA. The report provides valuable lessons for the Article 6 negotiations under the Paris Agreement. Summary of lessons for the Article 6 negotiations:  Old credits should…

Briefings
13 Feb 2020

What will airlines buy to offset their pollution?

TODAY’S SUPPLY OF CARBON CREDITS AND TOMORROW’S DEMAND FROM CORSIA Carbon Market Watch Factsheet Summary The concern that too few credits will be available to meet demand from airlines under the future aviation carbon market CORSIA is misplaced. Today’s supply from the three largest voluntary programmes alone is enough to cover CORSIA’s demand until well…

Letters
13 Feb 2020

ICSA letter to the ICAO Council on CORSIA offset programme eligibility

Dear Council Members, The decisions you make next month on emissions unit and emissions unit program eligibility for ICAO’S Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) – and the transparency with which you make these – put the credibility of aviation’s climate efforts in the global spotlight. Aviation is facing unprecedented challenges, with…