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Offset developers, registries must bring higher-integrity protocols to market -report

Published 23:36 on April 19, 2021  /  Last updated at 23:36 on April 19, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, EMEA, International, REDD, Shipping, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Voluntary carbon market (VCM) participants and registries need to quickly scale-up high integrity offset protocols amid rising corporate demand, while also making tweaks to existing protocols to account for inadequacies, according to a white paper published Monday. 

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VCM Report: Nature-based offset trades rev up amid wider VER stagnation

Published 19:14 on April 19, 2021  /  Last updated at 19:14 on April 19, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, China, China's Offset Market, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Voluntary emissions reduction (VER) prices dithered this week evenas spot commodities exchange and market data firm Xpansiv announced the inaugural trades in its nature-based offset product, while a new report highlighted the expansion of voluntary carbon market (VCM) interest in forestry-based credits over the past five years. 

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COMMENT: Climate action claims are the new frontier for robust carbon accounting

Published 19:21 on April 16, 2021  /  Last updated at 19:21 on April 16, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, China's Offset Market, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Instruments to reduce emissions need to be clearly ranked for their environmental integrity and associated with robust claims that provide an accurate representation of the impacts achieved, argues Marion Verles of SustainCERT, adding that having civil society formulate a consensus on what can and can’t be done with offsets would go a long way in reassuring corporates and citizens that the market is trustworthy.

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UPDATE – AirCarbon Exchange launches nature-based offsets contract, as rival sees its own first trade

Published 09:50 on April 16, 2021  /  Last updated at 00:55 on April 17, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Bavardage, EMEA, International, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Singapore-based AirCarbon Exchange (ACX) on Friday announced it has introduced a new contract for carbon credits from nature-based projects, as rival bourse Xpansiv cleared the inaugural trade of its similar offset product. 

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Apple creates $200-mln forestry fund with eye toward decarbonisation goal

Published 21:00 on April 15, 2021  /  Last updated at 21:02 on April 15, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, International, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Apple announced a fund on Thursday to invest in profitable forestry projects that remove carbon, with the tech giant aiming to use the GHG reductions to reach its 2030 CO2 neutrality goal.

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Shell, C-Quest ink deal to generate 60 mln VERs from African cookstoves

Published 22:42 on April 14, 2021  /  Last updated at 04:05 on April 15, 2021  /  Africa, Australia, EMEA, International, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

US-based offset developer C-Quest Capital on Tuesday announced it signed an agreement with oil major Shell to fund the generation of more than 60 million verified emission reductions (VERs) from cookstoves in Africa, with even more supply set to emerge. 

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EU must impose mandatory checks to halt imported deforestation -report

Published 23:01 on April 13, 2021  /  Last updated at 16:34 on April 13, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, China, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, REDD, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The EU must tighten sustainability criteria for forest-risk imported commodities and introduce mandatory due diligence requirements, environmental campaigners said in a report published Wednesday.

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VCM Report: VER prices fade to one-month low, while traders mull impacts of forestry credit review

Published 19:40 on April 12, 2021  /  Last updated at 19:40 on April 12, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, China, China's Offset Market, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Voluntary emission reduction (VER) prices continued a month-long descent this week as activity picked up in the futures market, while voluntary carbon market (VCM) traders pondered the impacts of US-based The Nature Conservancy undertaking an internal review of its forestry projects over additionality concerns.

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INTERVIEW – Making the grade: London-based startup launches carbon offset ratings service

Published 11:51 on April 12, 2021  /  Last updated at 11:53 on April 12, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The flourishing global voluntary carbon market is about to achieve another ‘coming of age’ milestone: its own fixed income-style ratings system.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE – Shades of REDD+: The Risk of Diverting Carbon Finance from Nature to Technological Carbon Removals

Published 19:30 on April 9, 2021  /  Last updated at 19:40 on April 9, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Increasingly, engineered carbon removal technologies are pitched against nature-based solutions to tackle the climate crisis – particularly in the voluntary carbon markets. Will forests be passed over to benefit from carbon finance – again?

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