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IBM, Veridium unveil blockchain-based offset trading platform, with initial focus on REDD

Published 16:15 on May 15, 2018  /  Last updated at 13:35 on May 17, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

IBM and Veridium Labs have teamed up to launch a blockchain-based platform to transform carbon offsets into digital tokens for trade on a decentralised exchange, the companies announced on Tuesday.

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UN adds more Paris rulebook talks as higher CO2 prices raise demand hopes

Published 18:56 on May 10, 2018  /  Last updated at 07:49 on May 11, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation, Canada, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Governments have agreed to hold an extra week of negotiations on international emissions trade and other rules under the 2015 Paris Agreement, as two weeks of UN climate talks in Bonn ended Thursday yielding little progress.

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Researchers tee up trial forestry ITMO trade from Colombia to Korea

Published 18:55 on May 4, 2018  /  Last updated at 03:30 on May 5, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Four research institutions have partnered to test a forest carbon trade that would involve transferring REDD carbon credits from Colombia to South Korea to help meet Paris Agreement goals.

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Carbon markets and their business proponents drawn into UN participation fight

Published 14:24 on May 1, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:37 on May 1, 2018  /  Climate Talks, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The promotion of carbon markets by business groups including IETA has been labelled a “dangerous distraction” to climate action by transparency campaigners seeking a more clearly-defined structure for accessing UN climate negotiations.

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Amid CDM gridlock at UN, African states seek funding alternatives

Published 19:32 on April 30, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:32 on April 30, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Lacking buyers for their carbon credits, African nations are appealing to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other institutions to finance their carbon-cutting activities as Paris Agreement rulebook talks drag on.

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Australian minister flags potential use of Asia-Pacific forest carbon credits

Published 11:03 on April 23, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:43 on April 23, 2018  /  Asia Pacific, Australia, International, Other APAC, REDD  /  No Comments

If Australia decides to use international carbon credits to meet its Paris target, forest offsets from the Asia-Pacific region might be among its target markets, according to Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

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WRI: What’s changing as countries turn INDCs into NDCs? Five early insights

Published 13:53 on April 19, 2018  /  Last updated at 13:53 on April 19, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Views  /  No Comments

Some countries aren’t waiting until 2020 to make changes to their national climate commitments. As countries ratify the Paris Agreement, some have decided to revise their INDCs and communicate the changes as part of their first NDCs. WRI provides a summary.

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Blockchain-based venture commits first funds to Ecosphere REDD credits

Published 22:35 on April 16, 2018  /  Last updated at 10:33 on April 17, 2018  /  Americas, International, REDD, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Blockchain-based carbon credit platform Poseidon has committed to spend its first tranche of cash buying Peruvian REDD credits from UK-based Ecosphere+, as part of an initiative offering a voluntary carbon credit platform for retailers.

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Colombian CER cancellations surge after new offset restrictions imposed

Published 00:47 on April 5, 2018  /  Last updated at 01:34 on April 5, 2018  /  Americas, Carbon Taxes, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, REDD, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The number of Colombian CERs voluntarily cancelled by emitters against the country’s carbon tax has surged over the past three months, following the introduction of new offset usage restrictions in January.

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Offset restrictions needed to ensure CORSIA integrity, spur new project investment -study

Published 22:28 on March 22, 2018  /  Last updated at 12:34 on March 23, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

In the absence of any eligibility restrictions, ICAO’s CORSIA offset scheme may not be able to deliver sufficient emissions reductions in aviation by using CERs, according to a study released Thursday.

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