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Letters
12 May 2022

NGO letter: Three key recommendations for CBAM ahead of ENVI committee vote

A well-designed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) can bolster climate ambition in the European Union and internationally. It can help slash emissions from the goods we produce and import, and can stimulate the demand and supply of green industrial products.  Ahead of their vote on the CBAM proposal on 17 May 2022, we urge members…

Briefings
10 May 2022

Model answers: Studies reveal EU must revamp Emissions Trading System to live within its carbon budget

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report underscores the urgency of the climate crisis: the effects of the climate breakdown are already being felt around the world, and will only become more destructive in the coming decades. Humanity is rapidly running out of time to keep planetary heating limited to the Paris Agreement’s…

MODEL ANSWERS: STUDIES REVEAL EU MUST REVAMP EMISSIONS TRADING SYSTEM TO LIVE WITHIN ITS CARBON BUDGET
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
8 Apr 2022

Carbon Market Watch response to Verra’s proposed “tonne-year accounting” method

Verra is proposing to introduce tonne-year accounting, a method whereby it would issue credits representing the permanent storage of 1tCO2 to projects that store carbon temporarily. Each tonne sequestered for one year would be worth one “tonne-year” and one hundred tonne years would make up one carbon credit. For example, storing 1 tonne for 100…

Policy Submissions
30 Mar 2022

Carbon Market Watch recommendations on carbon market infrastructure for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

This note aims to inform countries and negotiators discussing the establishment of new infrastructure under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement regarding existing shortcomings of registries and project databases that should be improved. It can also serve voluntary market actors, in particular programmes, to improve their existing platforms and remedy some of the shortcomings identified….

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…

1 Jul 2021

Companies use ”hot air” forestry offsets to avoid taxes in Colombia

CARBON MARKET WATCH’S FACT-CHECK OF VERRA’S RESPONSE A new investigation by Carbon Market Watch and the Latin American Center for Investigative Journalism (CLIP) has found that two large-scale forestry projects in Colombia create more credits than the amount of emission reductions that they are achieving. Fossil fuel companies use these credits to avoid paying a…

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…

Policy Submissions
23 Jun 2021

Carbon Market Watch’s reply to the TSVCM’s second public consultation

Summary It is urgent to scale up private sector finance for climate action, but the current state of the voluntary carbon market is not fit for purpose. The TSVCM should first focus on addressing the serious quality shortcomings before the market can be scaled up. In particular, the future governance body of the TSVCM will…

Policy Submissions
27 May 2021

Carbon Market Watch input to SBSTA on matters related to article 6 of the Paris Agreement

Views on enabling ambition in article 6 and transition of CDM activities to article 6.4 – June 2021 This submission is part of a series responding to the monthly calls from the SBSTA chair covering several aspects of Article 6. Carbon Market Watch’s overall perspective on Article 6 is accessible here. In previous submissions in…