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Briefings
22 Apr 2021

Recommendations on forests in voluntary carbon markets

An NGO statement on forests in voluntary carbon markets Summary Forest protection and restoration is in urgent need of increased financial support, but cannot be used to offset fossil emissions Financial contributions should be directed at jurisdictional programs addressing deforestation and forest degradation, rather than stand-alone projects, as they provide incentives for improved land use…

Policy Submissions
19 Apr 2021

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

Share of proceeds for adaptation and avoiding double use of outside NDC A6.4ERs Response to the call for submissions on the above-mentioned topics by the SBSTA chair Summary Financing for Adaptation/Share of Proceeds: A share of proceeds for adaptation should be levied on both 6.2 and 6.4 transactions The share of proceeds for adaptation should…

Policy Submissions
18 Dec 2020

Carbon Market Watch response to the Consultation of the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets

Summary (updated 21 January 2021) Encouraging the private sector to support climate action in developing countries is a positive objective. Carbon markets could have a role in this if implemented carefully. Markets should be used to channel finance towards impactful projects while taking care to not abusively rely on the achieved emission reductions to justify…

Briefings
15 Dec 2020

Above and Beyond Carbon Offsetting – Alternatives to Compensation for Climate Action and Sustainable Development

Executive summary Relying on carbon offsets to meet climate targets is risky and unsustainable. Carbon credits can have low environmental integrity, and they will become increasingly difficult to source as countries need to “keep” their reductions to meet domestic targets. When companies purchase a carbon credit generated in a country that also has a climate…

Briefings
15 Dec 2020

Results-Based Finance in the Paris Era – Considerations to Maximise Impact

This report by NewClimate Institute was commissioned by Carbon Market Watch Summary In order to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, it is essential to rapidly move from a zero-sum offsetting approach towards rapid transitions to decarbonise all emitting sectors. Though originally developed for offsetting, using aspects of carbon market mechanisms to deliver results-based…

Policy Submissions
3 Dec 2020

Carbon Market Watch response to Inception Impact Assessment on Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR)

We regret that the Commission did not include a policy option that would ensure the current climate policy architecture is maintained in order to raise the emission reductions achieved by the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), and the LULUCF Regulation as three separate but mutually reinforcing policy instruments. The three options presented…

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
29 Oct 2020

Carbon Market Watch feedback to Gold Standard’s document “Operationalising and scaling post-2020 carbon markets”

Carbon Market Watch welcomes Gold Standard’s vision for the post-2020 voluntary market and supports the idea of developing a new type of claim which would not be used for compensation of greenhouse gas emissions. If carbon credits continue to be used as offsets/compensation, we also support the position that this should only be possible if…

Policy Submissions
21 Oct 2020

Carbon Market Watch response to Verra’s proposal for scaling voluntary carbon markets and avoiding double counting post-2020

Carbon Market Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on Verra’s proposal. We echo Verra’s recognition that there is a need to differentiate between credits which do or do not meet all the requirements set (or to be set) under the Paris Agreement’s article 6 rules. However, we express concern that Verra’s proposed “labelling” approach…

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…