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Gold Standard adds voluntary project tool to measure gender equality progress

Published 15:07 on January 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 16:32 on January 15, 2018  /  Africa, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Non-profit certifier Gold Standard has begun to offer investors a way to measure gender equality progress in climate protection projects in the developing world, a part of its effort to broaden interest in funding development across poorer countries.

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Natural Capital Partners, VCS hit back at claims of dodgy Cambodian REDD offsets

Published 11:08 on January 12, 2018  /  Last updated at 11:19 on January 12, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Aviation, International, Other APAC, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Carbon brokers Natural Capital Partners and the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) have hit back against claims that offsets from the Oddar Meanchey REDD project in Cambodia lack environmental integrity.

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Bangladesh registers first JCM offset project

Published 10:32 on January 12, 2018  /  Last updated at 12:12 on January 12, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Japan, Other APAC  /  No Comments

Bangladesh has registered its first carbon offset project under Japan’s Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), nearly five years after the two nations launched their bilateral programme.

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Althelia invests €5.1 mln in Indonesian peatlands project 

Published 20:07 on January 10, 2018  /  Last updated at 20:07 on January 10, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, EMEA, Other APAC, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Natural capital vehicle Althelia Climate Fund has invested €5.1 million in a project to restore carbon-intensive peatland rainforest in Indonesia.

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Virgin Atlantic becomes latest firm to shun credits from controversial Cambodian REDD project

Published 18:59 on January 10, 2018  /  Last updated at 18:59 on January 10, 2018  /  Africa, Asia Pacific, Aviation, EMEA, International, Other APAC, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Airline Virgin Atlantic has become the latest firm to remove a Cambodian REDD+ project from its portfolio of offset sources, according to media reports, amid ongoing claims that large areas covered by the initiative were subject to rampant deforestation.

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Kazakhstan’s ‘Caspy’ exchange wins contract to host national carbon trade

Published 14:26 on December 22, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:26 on December 22, 2017  /  Asia Pacific, Other APAC  /  No Comments

The Kazakhstan Commodity Exchange, also known as Caspy, has been appointed to host trading in the country’s emissions trading scheme, which will restart on Jan. 1 after nearly two years of suspension.

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Pakistan ponders carbon price to curb emissions growth

Published 14:20 on December 22, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:20 on December 22, 2017  /  Asia Pacific, Other APAC  /  No Comments

Pakistan is considering putting a price on carbon emissions to stimulate investment in green energy and stifle its rapid growth of greenhouse gas output, its climate change minister said.

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Kazakhstan approves allocation plan for 2018 ETS revamp

Published 17:03 on December 21, 2017  /  Last updated at 09:25 on December 22, 2017  /  Asia Pacific, Other APAC  /  No Comments

Kazakhstan’s cabinet this week approved an allocation plan for the 2018-20 phase of its emissions trading scheme, which after having been suspended last year is ready to relaunch on Jan. 1 with 65 additional installations covered.

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BNP Paribas to launch voluntary carbon market platform next year

Published 22:33 on December 11, 2017  /  Last updated at 22:33 on December 11, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, China's Offset Market, EMEA, International, Other APAC, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A division of French bank BNP Paribas is launching a voluntary carbon offset platform to help connect investors and other credit buyers with project developers.

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Global forest carbon finance falls 25% in 2016, report finds

Published 21:40 on December 11, 2017  /  Last updated at 21:40 on December 11, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Global funding for efforts to store carbon in forests dropped 25% to $662.1 million in 2016, according to Ecosystem Marketplace’s annual report on the state of forest carbon finance.

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