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Verra, Greenpeace square off over criticism of forest carbon credit methodologies

Published 23:14 on May 5, 2021  /  Last updated at 23:14 on May 5, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Standard-setting body Verra this week accused Greenpeace of misrepresenting its forest carbon offset methodologies and cherry-picking expert opinions to undermine the credibility of its REDD+ projects in two recent articles.

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COMMENT: Assessing co-benefits in the voluntary carbon market

Published 19:35 on May 5, 2021  /  Last updated at 21:49 on May 5, 2021  /  Conversations, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The private sector Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets (TSVCM) has collectively arrived at a solution for what ‘co-benefits’ should count as part of a carbon credit. It believes this will help maintain quality in the market, increase transparency and also create a mechanism to develop an appropriate pricing benchmark for these ‘co-benefits’, according to Chris Leeds of Standard Chartered.

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ClimateCare, Natural Capital Partners merge as voluntary market deals gather pace

Published 08:49 on May 5, 2021  /  Last updated at 00:01 on May 6, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners have merged to help build global scale in the rapidly expanding voluntary carbon market.

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South Pole buys Belgian climate consultancy CO2logic

Published 08:00 on May 4, 2021  /  Last updated at 16:31 on May 3, 2021  /  EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

South Pole has bought Belgium-based climate consultancy CO2logic, its first acquisition since last month’s €20 million-plus fund investment put it on a major growth track.

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VCM Report: VER prices slide further, while corresponding adjustment guidance exerts few impacts

Published 23:04 on May 3, 2021  /  Last updated at 23:07 on May 3, 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 trended down this week outside of nature-based offerings, while participants reported few direct pricing or liquidity impacts from Verra’s recent guidance to not require corresponding adjustments for voluntary carbon market (VCM) transfers.

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UN launches AI-based platform for natural capital accounting

Published 21:55 on April 29, 2021  /  Last updated at 21:55 on April 29, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, International, REDD, South & Central, US  /  No Comments

The UN and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) have unveiled a new tool for quantifying and accounting for ecosystem values under a previously-launched framework and standard, a facility designed to complement current measurements of GDP.

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Offset-spurning Nestle letting some of its brands buy carbon credits to expedite neutrality

Published 23:09 on April 27, 2021  /  Last updated at 11:48 on April 28, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, EMEA, International, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Switzerland, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The world’s largest food conglomerate Nestle has joined the growing number of companies mostly shunning offsets in their quest for net zero emissions, though the Swiss-headquartered firm said it will make exceptions for its brands that want “move faster” towards carbon neutrality.

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WITHDRAWN – Voluntary carbon market taskforce set to snub project co-benefits

Published 22:00 on April 27, 2021  /  Last updated at 21:39 on May 5, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, China, China's Offset Market, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

This article has been withdrawn due to a misinterpretation of remarks made by Standard Chartered’s Chris Leeds at City and Financial’s Future of Carbon Pricing conference.

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Increased financial sector participation to dramatically change voluntary carbon market -panel

Published 19:47 on April 27, 2021  /  Last updated at 19:50 on April 27, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, China, EMEA, International, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The structure of voluntary carbon markets (VCM) is expected to change dramatically as financial institutions become ever-larger participants in the space and corporate purchasing decisions shift from marketing departments to finance, a conference heard on Tuesday.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE – Claims+Credibility: Embracing Diversification to Scale Carbon Markets

Published 23:44 on April 26, 2021  /  Last updated at 00:48 on April 27, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Dialogue, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Views, Voluntary Market  /  1 Comment

If total greenhouse gas emissions in new or updated country plans offer a mere 0.5% reduction, greater ambition is needed from governments to fill this gap. Can a robust voluntary carbon market play an important role in this context?

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