DOSSIER: Voluntary Market

Published 21:00 on June 15, 2016  /  Last updated at 16:01 on March 3, 2022  /  Dossiers  /  No Comments

This dossier provides an overview of the voluntary carbon markets, including key market drivers, major trade hubs and the CDM’s use as a voluntary instrument via its cancellation platform.

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Demand for voluntary carbon credits is driven by motivations other than regulatory compliance. This means its signals for supply and demand are to an extent independent of international and national policy signals.

The vast majority of voluntary carbon projects use third-party standards and auditors to validate and verify emission reductions. Project registries then issue each tonne of emissions reduction a unique serial number that can then be transacted multiple times before an owner “retires” it on a registry, where it can no longer be sold.

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