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Annual reports
2 Jun 2022

Annual Report 2021

Foreword In many ways, 2021 was a year of pivotal moments that set the stage for CMW’s work to come. In July, the European Commission announced the Fit for 55 package. The CMW team eagerly awaited the press conference, which started with a two-hour delay because some Commissioners had reservations about the package until the…

Policy Submissions
2 May 2022

Carbon Market Watch reply to European Commission public consultation on the certification of carbon removals – EU rules

If done well the Carbon Removal Certification Mechanism (CDR-M) can determine what is actually Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) or not, and keep false solutions out of this field. Time and resources are scarce and must be invested in real removals, and not in CCU and temporary storage. These may have climate benefits (by crowding out…

Policy Submissions
22 Apr 2022

Carbon Market Watch response to Verra consultation on a new methodology for harvest deferral

Verra has launched a public consultation on a new methodology, developed by NCX, which proposes methods for the generation of carbon credits from activities aimed at deferring timber harvest by as little as one year. This response covers Carbon Market Watch’s (CMW) main comments on the methodology. It does not provide detailed advice on specific…

Policy Submissions
11 Mar 2022

Comments on proposed Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) project for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradations in Papua New Guinea

Kanaka Management Services Private Limited, a project developer, has proposed a Verra Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) project entitled ‘REDD+ Project in Oro Province of Papua New Guinea‘. If approved, this proposed project would be the second largest Verra VCS project, generating 8.1 million credits annually for 100 years. The proposed project was open for public…

Policy Submissions
28 Feb 2022

Carbon Market Watch response to UK Climate Change Committee’s consultation: “Carbon Offsets call for evidence”

The UK Climate Change Committee recently issued a public consultation on the subject of “Carbon Offsets call for evidence”, which closed on 28 February 2022. The consultation covered the main risks and opportunities presented by voluntary carbon offsets, the quality and duration of offsets, voluntary offset market regulation and standards, Harnessing Financial Flows, and more.

Policy Submissions
15 Feb 2022

Carbon Market Watch response to consultation: “Draft Consensus Statement on High Quality Tropical Forest Carbon Credits”

A “Draft Consensus Statement on High Quality Tropical Forest Carbon Credits” was recently developed by eight organisations: Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon River Basin (COICA), Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, Amazonian Environmental Research Institute (IPAM), the Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund US. Once finalised, the document…

Policy Submissions
1 Feb 2022

Response to Verra’s public consultation on creating a long-term reversal monitoring system

Carbon Market Watch response to Verra’s public consultation on creating a long-term reversal monitoring system for detecting reversals in VCS projects during the post-crediting period.

Letters
1 Dec 2021

Open letter to the European Commission on sustainable carbon cycles

The anticipated Sustainable Carbon Cycles Communication has significant merits but risks seriously undermining its own declared purpose of climate ambition.

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…

Letters
21 Mar 2021

Letter to not offset climate inaction with forests

This letter was sent to President of the European Commission von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President Timmermans, Commissioner Simson, Commissioner Sinkevičus , Minister Matos Fernandes, MEP Guteland and other Members of the European Parliament, and Members of Coreper II. Forest restoration must not offset climate inaction in the agriculture, energy, housing, industrial and transport sectors. Yesterday…