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*NEW PODCAST*: CARBON PULSE CONVERSATIONS

Published 19:15 on April 6, 2020  /  Last updated at 19:26 on April 6, 2020  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  1 Comment

Being confined to our homes with the wider world firmly under lockdown due to the coronavirus, we have started a podcast: Carbon Pulse Conversations. Check out our first episode!

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COMMENT: Five massive drivers of future demand for offsets

Published 01:01 on April 3, 2020  /  Last updated at 22:36 on April 2, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, China, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Prior to the onslaught of COVID-19, a quick scan of the news each day would reveal that climate change is on the minds of customers and corporates worldwide.  Warmer winters with rain where there was once snow, colder weather anomalies due to destabilization of the polar vortex, and summers punctuated by raging fires in both hemispheres make the topic impossible to ignore.  And, while new regulatory regimes are cropping up across the globe, voluntary action is on the rise.

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COMMENT: Doubling down on climate action in the time of corona

Published 20:42 on April 2, 2020  /  Last updated at 21:28 on April 2, 2020  /  Climate Talks, Conversations, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Let this economic crisis not be a brake on the low-carbon transition, but an accelerator. With the Green Deal as a compass, we can marry our emergency spending with structural changes that will prepare us for a greener tomorrow. Because we cannot backtrack on our climate commitments, neither governments nor companies. That is more than crisis management, that is responsible policy, writes Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole.

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COMMENT: ICAO’s carbon market report offers valuable lessons for Article 6 talks

Published 19:34 on March 30, 2020  /  Last updated at 19:34 on March 30, 2020  /  Aviation/CORSIA, Conversations, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A report by experts recommending carbon credits for the ICAO’s CORSIA international aviation mechanism provides valuable lessons for the Article 6 negotiations. Even in the absence of an Article 6 agreement at COP26, countries which want to use global carbon markets should heed these lessons.

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COMMENT: The gravity-defying wonder of EUAs

Published 16:19 on March 4, 2020  /  Last updated at 16:19 on March 4, 2020  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

The chart below shows how European carbon prices have outperformed the rest of the energy complex so far this year. EUAs are down just 1.7% since January 1, while coal, oil, natural gas and power have all fallen between 7% and 21%.

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COMMENT: What critics of a European ‘carbon border tax’ are missing

Published 20:07 on December 3, 2019  /  Last updated at 20:36 on December 3, 2019  /  Carbon Taxes, China, Climate Talks, Dialogue, EMEA, EU ETS, International, US, Views  /  No Comments

Opinions abound on a controversial new policy announced by new European Commission President von der Leyen: the ‘carbon border tax’. Yet many commentators limit themselves to repeating decade-old and often irrelevant arguments, overlooking the actual challenges such a measure will face.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE – Shades of REDD+: Should forest offsets be eligible for CORSIA?

Published 18:20 on December 3, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:39 on December 9, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, China, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

When operating details of the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM were negotiated from 2001-03, many voiced concerns about forest carbon credits and their high risk of reversals, potential to displace emissions, and the difficulties in accurately quantifying emission reductions. Nearly two decades on, it is worthwhile to reconsider the question of whether or not forest mitigation could be ready for carbon markets. The question is back on the table as ICAO sets up a scheme for reducing emissions from international air travel.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Shades of REDD+ Nesting – A good or bad piece of Swiss cheese?

Published 23:27 on November 25, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:40 on December 9, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

There was a time when people thought that forests were the low-hanging fruit of the climate challenge, and that reducing emissions from deforestation was fast, easy, and cheap. No one thinks that anymore.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE – Shades of REDD+: Bridging the National vs Project Divide

Published 23:37 on October 21, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:38 on December 9, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Efforts to reduce tropical deforestation are divided into two separate worlds: One that believes that governments need to lead any effort on reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+), and one that sees a role for private carbon projects. We must unify these worlds to increase the chances to curb deforestation.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Will small forest owners finally be able to tap carbon markets?

Published 15:50 on October 18, 2019  /  Last updated at 02:25 on October 19, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The Wong family of Peru amassed a fortune building up a chain of supermarkets, but much of their wealth today is in real estate – including the 220,000-hectare (543,400-acre) Madeacre forestry concession that family’s late patriarch, Erasmo Wong, cobbled together in the province of Tahuamanu.

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