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COMMENT: WWF ‘Blueprint for Corporate Action on Climate & Nature’ – Key takeaways for the voluntary carbon market

Published 14:55 on January 13, 2021  /  Last updated at 14:55 on January 13, 2021  /  Africa, Americas, Conversations, EMEA, International, Other APAC, South & Central, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

In Dec. 2020, WWF published a ‘Blueprint for Corporate Action on Climate and Nature’, setting out a vision for how companies should follow the mitigation hierarchy to address the climate emergency, informed by science and the Paris policy environment. Here are Gold Standard’s key takeaways for the voluntary carbon market.

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COMMENT: The UK ETS – It’s (officially) a thing

Published 18:59 on December 17, 2020  /  Last updated at 18:59 on December 17, 2020  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, UK ETS, Views  /  No Comments

So it’s official – the UK will launch its own emissions trading system in 2021. Of course, it won’t actually begin on January 1, as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – the regulator – has yet to work out what the free allocations should be, how many UK Allowances (are we OK with UKA as an abbreviation?) will be auctioned, etc etc. But we know a few things…

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COMMENT: From 40% to 55% – what does the EU’s new emissions target mean for companies?

Published 16:12 on December 11, 2020  /  Last updated at 01:29 on December 12, 2020  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

(Free read) – With the Green Deal, the EU is producing a regulatory storm that will stretch far into the future, deep into today’s profit models, and way beyond Europe’s borders. Companies should bring the Green Deal into the heart of their business in order to secure the competitive advantage of regulatory pre-alignment, argues Christiaan Gevers Deynoot of South Pole. 

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COMMENT: Scaling the voluntary carbon markets without sacrificing quality

Published 18:30 on December 7, 2020  /  Last updated at 18:30 on December 7, 2020  /  Conversations, International, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The TSVCM rightly calls for science-based target setting in tandem with robust carbon offsetting, clear claims guidance for credible communications and broad public support, and long-term corporate commitments and futures contracts to de-risk project development. Yet having sat in Taskforce discussions and observed several emerging instruments that seek to operationalise the forthcoming ‘blueprint,’ Gold Standard’s Owen Hewlett spots several concerns about the quality of what is meant to scale.

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COMMENT: EU ETS Phase 4’s starting pistol misfires

Published 14:16 on November 27, 2020  /  Last updated at 14:30 on November 27, 2020  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

The last week has seen a couple of significant changes to the predicted supply schedule for the start of EU ETS Phase 4, and while they may not be big game-changers in the long term (overall supply in 2021 won’t be affected), they do have the potential to change the market dynamic in the first quarter at the very least.

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COMMENT: How the credibility of sustainable development impact claims can strengthen – or compromise – the voluntary carbon market

Published 22:02 on November 26, 2020  /  Last updated at 22:02 on November 26, 2020  /  Conversations, International, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The success of sustainable development taking root in the voluntary carbon market has presented both tremendous opportunity and an important risk: SDG washing, writes Owen Hewlett of Gold Standard.

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COMMENT: Has EU carbon rounded the corner?

Published 16:27 on November 18, 2020  /  Last updated at 16:27 on November 18, 2020  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

We are now in the last four weeks of the Dec-20 EUAs’ reign as the front-year futures contract. There are fewer than 25 daily auctions left this year, and yesterday (Nov. 17) we were told that the European Commission won’t be starting 2021 EUA auctions until the end of January or even early February.

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Audio recordings of Carbon Pulse’s side events at the ICAP-IETA Carbon Markets Virtual Pavilion

Published 16:46 on November 12, 2020  /  Last updated at 17:37 on November 12, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Bavardage, Canada, Carbon Taxes, CBAM, China, China's National ETS, China's Offset Market, China's Pilot Markets, Climate Talks, Conversations, Dialogue, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Newsletter, Other APAC, REDD, RINs & LCFS, Shipping, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Here is a summary of Carbon Pulse’s free side events at this week’s IETA-ICAP Carbon Markets Virtual Pavilion, along with links to the audio recordings. (Video recordings not available to due to file size considerations)

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MARCU MY WORDS: The importance of the Article 6 Guidelines to the success of the Paris Agreement

Published 22:46 on November 4, 2020  /  Last updated at 22:46 on November 4, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, Climate Talks, Dialogue, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, Shipping, South Korea, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The absence of the Article 6 Guidelines creates uncertainty for the accounting treatment of assets in the emerging carbon market under the Paris Agreement as well as for other related markets. The importance of the international accounting treatment cannot be overstated.

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COMMENT: All change for the EU ETS

Published 18:00 on October 29, 2020  /  Last updated at 00:20 on October 30, 2020  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, Views  /  No Comments

The worm is turning. European power economics are shifting in favour of coal, especially at the front of the curve, and this might be seen as being supportive of carbon. If coal’s more profitable than gas, then surely there should be more demand for carbon, right?

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