The Emissions Aristocracy

Carbon Market Watch presents a unique, first-of-its-kind report pairing EU ETS account holders (and their installations) to their parent companies, assessing the highest level of private ownership possible. This report presents an overview of which companies have the biggest carbon footprint in the EU, who received the most free pollution permits, and which sectors are not delivering on their decarbonisation promises.

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Quality assessment of REDD+ carbon credit projects

The report is focused on the four crediting methodologies that have generated almost all REDD+ carbon credits to date, all under Verra, the largest voluntary carbon market registry, and concludes that REDD+ is ill-suited to carbon crediting.

Assessing the carbon neutrality claims of products in Belgian supermarkets

This Carbon Market Watch report commissioned by the Belgian consumer organisation Test Aankoop/Test Achats analyses the credibility of climate claims found on 15 products in Belgian supermarkets. The study found that all the assessed products misled consumers in some way by implying some form of “neutral” climate impact that relied on the inappropriate use of …

Assessing the robustness of carbon market grievance mechanisms

This study assesses the effectiveness of carbon market grievance mechanisms of leading voluntary carbon market standards. While most voluntary carbon market standards have grievance mechanisms in place, most of them are opaque and do not properly describe their procedures.

Analysis of voluntary carbon market stakeholders and intermediaries

Commissioned by Carbon Market Watch and conducted by AlliedOffsets, this report explores the role of intermediaries in the voluntary carbon market. It seeks to determine how much of the money flowing through these markets reaches climate projects on the ground and how much is intercepted by intermediaries as fees and mark-up to fatten their profits. The report identifies a dearth of information on the details of carbon credit trades and a lack of transparency on the part of intermediaries.

Poor tackling: Yellow card for 2022 FIFA World Cup’s carbon neutrality claim – Updated

Executive summary The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is being advertised as a “carbon neutral” event. This means that its net impact on the climate is zero or negligible. However, our investigation of the available evidence casts serious doubts on this claim, which likely underestimates the tournament’s true emissions levels and climate impact. This …

Scoping voluntary corporate climate action in the European aviation sector

The beyond value chain mitigation (BCVM) approaches for eight European airlines, which were collectively responsible for over half of the total CO2e emissions of the aviation sector in the EU in 2019, were assessed in this study to provide insights with regards to both the extent and quality of efforts, beyond the value chain, to …