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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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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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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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More shipbrokers charting their own course to trade carbon

Published 22:27 on April 13, 2021  /  Last updated at 03:32 on April 14, 2021  /  Asia Pacific, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, Shipping, Switzerland, UK ETS, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Shipbrokers are launching dedicated carbon trading desks or forging ties with market experts ahead of looming regulation and amid rising interest in mitigating the climate impact of their voyages.

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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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REDD.plus executes first private-sector sale of national-level credits in test of UNFCCC as carbon standard

Published 00:00 on April 9, 2021  /  Last updated at 23:06 on April 12, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The REDD.plus trading platform has executed the first-ever purchase by a private sector buyer of jurisdictional-scale deforestation reduction credits, serving as a key test for national-level carbon offsets generated under the UN climate agency.

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UPDATE – VCM Report: VER issuances and retirements grow in first quarter of 2021

Published 23:37 on April 5, 2021  /  Last updated at 14:10 on April 6, 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 largely continued their downward or stagnant trend this week on lower activity, even as data showed voluntary carbon market (VCM) issuances and retirements surged in the first quarter of the year compared to 2020.

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US airline JetBlue expands existing VER commitment with net zero pledge

Published 22:45 on April 1, 2021  /  Last updated at 22:45 on April 1, 2021  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Low-cost carrier JetBlue on Thursday announced it will reach net zero emissions by 2040, building on the airline’s existing voluntary emissions reduction (VER) pledge to offset GHGs from all domestic flights.

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