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Letters
7 Jun 2022

Urgent call to veto Commission proposal on releasing allowances from the market stability reserve to finance REPowerEU measures

We write to MEPs to express our grave concern about the European Commission’s proposal to generate EUR 20 billion from the auctioning of allowances held in the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) in order to finance measures under the REPowerEU plan, including gas and oil infrastructure. Together with our…

Policy Submissions
27 May 2022

Carbon Market Watch recommendations to Article 6 negotiators for SB 56

This note presents recommendations on key points1 in Articles 6.2 and 6.4 up for negotiation during the UNFCCC’s 56th session of the subsidiary bodies (SB 56) from 6 to 16 June 2022 in Bonn, Germany. As a general note, while the main rules for the operation of market mechanisms in the Paris Agreement were agreed…

Policy Submissions
27 May 2022

Carbon Market Watch recommendations to Article 6 negotiators on removals

This note presents recommendations for consideration by Article 6 negotiators during the UNFCCC’s 56th session of the subsidiary bodies (SB 56) and beyond. The recommendations concern removals and permanence in the context of the Article 6.2 and 6.4 mechanisms. It is expected that this first set of recommendations will be further elaborated depending on how…

Policy Submissions
27 May 2022

Carbon Market Watch recommendations on establishing an independent grievance body under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

This note presents recommendations for consideration by Article 6 negotiators during the UNFCCC’s 56th session of the subsidiary bodies (SB 56) and beyond. The recommendations concern the establishment of an independent grievance body under Article 6. It is expected that this first set of recommendations will be further elaborated depending on how negotiations advance.

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
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…

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
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,…

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…