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COMMENT: Taxing carbon at the EU border? Only if free pollution permits go

Published 16:00 on October 17, 2019  /  Last updated at 15:56 on October 16, 2019  /  Conversations, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Views  /  No Comments

As part of her “European Green Deal”, incoming EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has promised to introduce a carbon border tax to “ensure that European companies can compete on a level playing field”. This is a new wind coming from the executive branch of the European Union and it remains uncertain how von der Leyen plans to turn the idea of a carbon border tax into practice.

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COMMENT: Carbon markets in Pakistan – Can the myth be turned into a reality?

Published 11:48 on September 26, 2019  /  Last updated at 03:01 on September 27, 2019  /  Asia Pacific, Conversations, Other APAC, Views  /  No Comments

A carbon pricing instrument could support Pakistan reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and set the country into a lower-emissions pathway. However, carbon pricing cannot be seen in isolation, as an end in itself, and therefore it is important to ensure such approach is aligned with national priorities and that it can support and reinforce other existing policies, UNFCCC carbon pricing consultant Syeda Hadika Jamshaid argues in this op-ed.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Understanding Elizabeth Warren’s Climate Change Risk Disclosure Act

Published 17:01 on September 24, 2019  /  Last updated at 17:01 on September 24, 2019  /  Americas, Conversations, US, Views  /  No Comments

The Green New Deal has been the focal point of the climate debate among the Democratic presidential candidates. Less publicized is the Climate Risk Disclosure Act, a proposal from Senator and presidential contender Elizabeth Warren, that seeks to frame climate change as a threat to the public markets.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE – Shades of REDD+: Can Oil and Aviation Fuel a Marshall Plan for Forests?

Published 13:35 on September 17, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:36 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

Deforestation is increasing around the world, and we need a Marshall Plan for Forests. But who will fund it? In this installment of the series “Shades of REDD+”, we look at two sectors that may soon comprise the largest source of demand for forest carbon credits. Both can be part of the solution, but only if key criteria are met.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE – Shades of REDD+: A Marshall Plan for Tropical Forests?

Published 12:33 on September 4, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:33 on December 9, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Farming and forestry account for nearly a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions generated by man, and deforestation of tropical forests accounts for half of this. To end deforestation, we must find solutions to make conservation of forests financially viable, and REDD+ is a key part of that.

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE – Shades of REDD+: New Series to Explore History and Future of Forest Finance

Published 17:26 on August 28, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:39 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, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Deforestation is a classic “wicked problem” with no easy solutions. REDD+ has been conceived to be the master of this problem. In this new series, we’ll look whether REDD+ has delivered on the early hopes, how it is implemented in countries, what works, what doesn’t – and of course, how it could still become a story of success.

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CARBON FORWARD 2019 – Stick or twist: investors came to the EU ETS, but will they go?

Published 18:24 on August 12, 2019  /  Last updated at 22:47 on August 12, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Bavardage, Canada, Carbon Taxes, China, China's National ETS, China's Offset Market, China's Pilot Markets, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, RINs & LCFS, Shipping, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

**THIS IS A FREE ARTICLE** – The 4th annual Carbon Forward conference & training day features a dedicated stream focused on the EU carbon market from an investor perspective.

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COMMENT: ProPublica’s Inexcusable REDD+ Belly Flop

Published 19:56 on May 23, 2019  /  Last updated at 19:56 on May 23, 2019  /  Americas, Conversations, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, REDD, South & Central, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Mainstream media outlets have been congratulating themselves of late for becoming just 20 years too late on climate change, and now the same institutions that have consistently failed to cover the enormity of the challenge are failing to cover the myriad interlocking solutions. This week, ProPublica became the latest outlet to blow it

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: Brazil slashed GHG emissions 70% before Bolsonaro, and nobody noticed

Published 02:37 on May 14, 2019  /  Last updated at 02:37 on May 14, 2019  /  Americas, REDD, South & Central, Views  /  No Comments

Last week, Brazil’s top security adviser said that the Amazon forest was his country’s to exploit, regardless of the impact on greenhouse gas emissions. “I don’t accept this idea that the Amazon is world heritage, this is nonsense,” General Augusto Heleno Pereira said. “The Amazon is Brazilian, the heritage of Brazil and should be dealt with by Brazil for the benefit of Brazil.”

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ECOSYSTEM MARKETPLACE: How carbon markets can boost biodiversity and slow climate change

Published 16:35 on May 10, 2019  /  Last updated at 16:35 on May 10, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Views, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

We must take advantage of natural climate solutions if we are to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Yet setbacks – such as an incomplete Paris Rulebook – have raised concerns amongst stakeholders, worried that without UN guidance on carbon markets, they cannot confidently scale up the required policies and programs. The Nature Conservancy has released a new guide that highlights why many are already taking action to make use of markets in funding NCS, and how businesses can thoughtfully take similar steps today amidst a developing regulatory landscape.

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