COP28 has been a whirlwind of activity and it feels like this is finally the time that Voluntary Carbon Markets can move on from recent troubles and find new purpose and growth. A series of significant developments have signalled a pivotal moment, emphasising the theme that collaboration, rather than competition, is essential for scaling this market effectively.
These initiatives collectively aim to remove barriers for companies to responsibly offset emissions and contribute to keeping global temperature rise below 1.5C. They reflect a growing consensus on the need for high-integrity rules and a collaborative approach to meet global climate goals.
Prominent voices like UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Simon Stiell, World Bank President Ajay Banga, and US Special Climate Envoy John Kerry have underscored the importance of the VCM, especially for developing countries. Their statements emphasize that no country should be left behind in using the VCM and stress the need for developing countries to be compensated for climate benefits they provide.
This collective movement at COP28 is a clear message: The voluntary carbon market is a crucial tool for driving increased climate ambition and action. The emphasis is on integrity, clarity, and collaboration to ensure that the market scales effectively and equitably, supporting both technological and nature-based climate solutions.
In wider climate news, Over 60 countries signed the Global Cooling Pledge to cut cooling-related CO2 emissions by at least 68% by 2050.
With Article 6 developments set to drastically affect views on quality and integrity in the VCM, now more than ever it is essential to gain an understanding of what exactly Article 6 is, how the VCM is involved, and why it is so important.
Voluntary carbon project investment has taken centre-stage over the last eighteen months as secondary market spot trading of carbon credits has become increasingly difficult. From inflated prices on marketplaces to the crowded world of brokered spot transactions, sourcing of carbon credits directly from carbon project investments increasingly offers a reliable alternative to the traditional methods of purchasing carbon credits.
2023 proved to be a pivotal year for the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM), marked by several developments in its trajectory. As we step into the new year, let's reflect on the past 12 months, specifically the critical insights and milestones that have shaped the VCM, its evolution and the implications for the future.