Inching forward on UN carbon market rules: our takeaways from the Bonn climate conference

Two weeks of negotiations show governments are keen to get global carbon market mechanisms up and running, but much work lies ahead to ensure transparency, environmental integrity and respect for human rights.  The most recent UN climate change conference wrapped on Thursday, concluding two weeks of negotiations on a number of subjects including the implementation …

UN carbon market negotiations in Bonn must pave way to effective COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh

Negotiators must prioritise human rights, transparency and environmental integrity as they hammer out the framework for carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. The intersession of the UN climate change conference, where Carbon Market Watch will be present throughout, kicked off in Bonn, today, Monday 6 June, and will last through Thursday 16 …

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 …

FAQ: Deciphering Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

The rules governing carbon markets agreed at the COP26 in Glasgow have sparked significant interest and confusion. If you are among the perplexed, this handy Carbon Market Watch guide provides answers to frequently asked questions about Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. What is Article 6? What is the difference between the Article 6.2 and …

November editorial: A bad deal or no deal at COP26?

Dear friends, ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ is the message which underpinned our advocacy for integrity in international carbon markets during the six years since the Paris Agreement brought fresh hope for change.  The sheer weight of self-repetition over such a long time could lead one to chalk up the compromise deal …

COP26: Half-baked carbon market rules fail to take heat off the climate

After over five years of dithering and two weeks of intensive negotiations, the world’s governments settled on slimmed-down ground rules for carbon markets under the Paris Agreement’s Article 6. This deal will provide escape hatches for government and corporations seeking to renege on their climate responsibilities, in particular undermining the urgent emissions cuts needed in …

COP26: The many shades of activism

Emissions offsetting has drawn fresh fire from some activists for its patchy human rights and environmental record. At Carbon Market Watch, we are convinced that emissions trading, like it or not, is here to stay and so we must find a way to make it best serve communities and the climate. On day four of …