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One Planet Summit: North, Latin American governments commit to boosting regional carbon pricing ties

Published 16:00 on December 12, 2017  /  Last updated at 16:18 on December 12, 2017  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, New Market Mechanisms, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Twelve North and Latin American national and sub-national governments on Tuesday committed to using carbon pricing as a central climate policy instrument and to deepen regional integration of their emissions trading markets.

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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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Emissions trading association IETA appoints carbon market expert as California rep

Published 19:23 on December 6, 2017  /  Last updated at 19:57 on December 6, 2017  /  Americas, Bavardage, Canada, South & Central, US  /  No Comments

Emissions trading association IETA has hired a new representative in California, naming a veteran carbon market expert to the role.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Why the EU needs to embrace forest carbon finance

Published 19:41 on November 28, 2017  /  Last updated at 19:41 on November 28, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A new report on forest finance shows that investments in the forest sector fall far short of what’s needed to end deforestation. Conserving and restoring tropical forests could deliver up to 30% of the carbon savings necessary to keep the average global temperature rise to 1.5C, only about 1% of international development funding for climate mitigation is directed towards this.

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Argentina proposes $25/t national carbon tax on energy sector

Published 17:08 on November 27, 2017  /  Last updated at 22:37 on November 27, 2017  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, Mexico, South & Central  /  No Comments

Argentina has proposed a new $25/tonne carbon tax on its energy sector, targeting emissions from transport fuels, natural gas and coal, as well as the country’s burgeoning oil and shale gas industry.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: In Bonn, progress on markets hampered by gridlock on everything else

Published 14:42 on November 20, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:42 on November 20, 2017  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The Americas aren’t named for Christopher Columbus, but for his map-maker, Amerigo Vespucci, who first figured out that Brazil is a pretty big part of the New World – something to keep in mind as climate negotiators sketch out the map for implementing the Paris Agreement.

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CP Daily: COP23 Special

Published 13:17 on November 20, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:35 on November 20, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation, Canada, Carbon Taxes, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Newsletter, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

UN climate talks held in Bonn, Germany from Nov. 6-17 made modest progress on a number of technical issues including rules underpinning global carbon trading under the Paris Agreement, but a great deal of work remains ahead of next year’s deadline to complete the 2015 pact’s rule book.

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COP23: Spotlight on questionable CDM projects brings Brazil’s split carbon market views to fore

Published 22:39 on November 16, 2017  /  Last updated at 23:36 on November 16, 2017  /  Americas, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, REDD, South & Central  /  No Comments

Three Brazilian hydro projects owned by state-owned energy company Eletrobras could generate nearly 170 million environmentally dubious CERs by 2030, climate campaigners have claimed, raising questions over the government’s continued support for the CDM while snubbing REDD-based offsets.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: As REDD talks progress in Bonn, question arises: who can use the term “REDD+”?

Published 14:15 on November 14, 2017  /  Last updated at 14:15 on November 14, 2017  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Bavardage, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Towards the end of summer, climate negotiators learned of three trademark applications that were filed in May of this year. One was for the logo “REDDPLUSX”, which is described as a carbon credit brokerage. Another was for the logo “RRU”, which are proposed carbon credits generated by saving or supporting forests under the Paris Agreement. But it was the third, for the logo REDD+, that raised eyebrows across the climate community.

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