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US bolstering climate resiliency as Biden administration eyes ambitious NDC

Published 19:55 on April 20, 2021  /  Last updated at 19:55 on April 20, 2021  /  Americas, International, US  /  No Comments

President Joe Biden’s administration intends to advance climate resiliency strategies across the federal government as the US is set to lay out a more ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement this week, panelists said Tuesday.

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Russian lawmakers give initial nod to nation’s first climate law

Published 19:06 on April 20, 2021  /  Last updated at 19:06 on April 20, 2021  /  CBAM, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Russian lawmakers gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to the country’s first climate law, which aims to enable emissions trade and require large polluters to report their GHG output.

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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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Canada eyes CBAM consultation as budget sets out more stringent climate target

Published 23:20 on April 19, 2021  /  Last updated at 23:31 on April 19, 2021  /  Americas, Canada, Carbon Taxes, CBAM, Climate Talks, International, RINs & LCFS, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The Canadian government will soon launch a consultation process on a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM), while it also looks to CCUS tax credits and other climate funding strategies to hit a more ambitious GHG reduction goal, according to the proposed federal budget 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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INTERVIEW: Carpetmaker Interface, a carbon-neutral pioneer, looks back on two decades of market evolution

Published 18:49 on April 19, 2021  /  Last updated at 20:57 on April 19, 2021  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

After seeking to offset its emissions in the days before GHG protocols and carbon standards, US-based flooring manufacturer Interface is now receiving international acclaim for its work that has helped expand the voluntary emissions reductions (VER) market over the past 20 years.

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Analysts cautious over US-China climate message, mood more upbeat in Japan

Published 12:08 on April 19, 2021  /  Last updated at 12:08 on April 19, 2021  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, China, Climate Talks, International, Japan, US  /  No Comments

Analysts have welcomed the joint US-China statement on climate change released over the weekend but warned against lifting expectations too high, whereas the outlook in Japan is brighter after a bilateral announcement made on Friday.

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South Pole eyes acquisitions, expansion after Liechtenstein fund acquires 10% stake

Published 08:00 on April 19, 2021  /  Last updated at 10:58 on April 19, 2021  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Bavardage, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Switzerland, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Offset developer and consultancy South Pole is targeting rapid expansion this year after an impact fund owned by the Liechtenstein royal family acquired a 10% stake in the business.

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Oil companies structurally incapable of achieving net zero emissions, researchers say

Published 21:43 on April 16, 2021  /  Last updated at 21:43 on April 16, 2021  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, EMEA, International, US  /  No Comments

Fossil-fuel companies, long accused of using carbon offsets to avoid instead of accelerating the transition to a low-carbon future, may be structurally incapable of making that transition, according to a peer-reviewed paper published Thursday.

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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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