Comparison of the Article 6.4 grievance process and the UN Green Climate Fund’s Independent Redress Mechanism

To illustrate the differences between the Article 6.4 grievance process and the UN Green Climate Fund’s Independent Redress Mechanism, we compared these two avenues for remediation with the UN Human Rights Council’s seven effectiveness criteria for grievance mechanisms as outlined in its Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. From this overview, the contrast becomes clear: the Article 6.4 grievance process performs significantly less well on all seven effectiveness criteria. The Article 6.4 Supervisory Body must therefore urgently rethink its approach to this crucial component of the 6.4 mechanism.

Submission to the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body on the sustainable development tool

This submission outlines Carbon Market Watch’s recommendations to the Supervisory Body. We recognise that a lot of work has gone into this new version of the draft. Nevertheless, a tool for environmental and social safeguards cannot be accepted when it is merely going in the right direction: it must be a tool that delivers truly robust safeguards. 

Carbon Market Watch response to the CFTC’s proposed guidance on Voluntary Carbon Credit Derivative Contracts

Carbon Market Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback on the United States’ Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) proposed guidance on the voluntary carbon market (VCM). Regulating financial transactions in the VCM, including but not limited to futures transactions, is important to plug some of the most gaping holes in the current VCM infrastructure. Financial …

Carbon Market Watch inputs to the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body ahead of its 10th meeting: appeal and grievance processes

Carbon Market Watch welcomes the Call for Input for the annotated agenda and related annexes of the next meeting of the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body. We would hereby like to submit input on A6.4-SB010-AA-A04 – Draft procedure: Appeal and grievance processes under the Article 6.4 mechanism. For a grievance process, it is of utmost importance …

CMW inputs to the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body ahead of its 10th meeting: Operation of the mechanism registry

Before the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body’s 10th meeting from 26 February to 1 March 2024, Carbon Market Watch prepared inputs on the draft document, “Concept note: Operation of the mechanism registry (v01.0)”. The mechanism registry will be a core part of the Article 6 infrastructure, and all activity- and unit-related data must be made accessible to …

Free Allocation Regulation (FAR) revision

The Free Allocation Regulation (FAR) revision is a necessary step to ensure the last years of the free allocation system are coherent with the aim of a full phase-out by 2030 (or 2034 for CBAM sectors) and provide the investment signals necessary to funnel funding into industrial decarbonisation.

Response to the SBTi call for evidence on the effectiveness of Environmental Attribute Certificates in climate targets

This collaborative submission on the effectiveness of Environmental Attribute Certificates was sent to the Science-Based Targets Initiative. It consists of 45 pieces of evidence, delivered in nine separate submissions (of five pieces of evidence each).   This submission is a collaboration between Carbon Market Watch and NewClimate Institute. All pieces of evidence submitted are in …

CMW’s views on Article 6.4 SB’s recommendations to CMA

After much debate and many meetings, the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body concluded its draft recommendations on removals and on methodological requirements on 17 November, and forwarded them for countries’ consideration at COP28. If they are adopted, they will have significant repercussions on how methodologies are developed and on how removal activities would feature in the Article 6.4 market. Whether these …