The Carbon Rating Agency is an IDEACarbon company committed to establishing rigorous, comparable standards that will enable the global carbon markets to attract the levels of finance necessary for preventing dangerous climate change. IDEAcarbon has created risk assessment tools to enhance the market transparency and transactional efficiency. An important outcome of our risk analysis is an independent opinion on the likely performance of an emission reduction project. Our risk analysis is based on a combination of expert evaluation; a standardised and transparent risk analysis tool; and the input from a highly expert independent rating committee.

About Us

CRA believes that the case for serious involvement by private capital in the carbon market is compelling: it offers an opportunity to achieve healthy investment grade returns in a market un-correlated to stocks and bonds. Our ratings are designed to help these markets develop by reducing regulatory uncertainty, improving market standards and enhancing risk analysis and transparency.

CRA's ratings provide a rigorous assessment of the likelihood of a project or portfolio delivering its stated emissions reductions in the stated time period. In addition, each rating evaluates the economic and social development benefits that the project does, or does not bring.

Improved transparency and better risk management – including ratings – are an integral part of the process to turn carbon into a new asset class. At present, each emission reduction project is unique and has its own risk profile. Carbon ratings will help to standardise carbon as a commodity and create a new asset class. Rated projects will no longer be unique but comparable to other projects with the same rating.

We hope our ratings will play an integral part in the evolution of carbon markets.

What We Do

The Carbon Rating Agency is an IDEAcarbon company committed to establishing rigorous and comparable standards that will enable the global carbon markets to attract the levels of finance necessary for preventing climate change. We are the leading global assessors of international CDM and JI ventures, providing project stakeholders with key insights in a range of risk factors. Tailored to client needs, our reports can either be commissioned as quick snapshots of performance or a comprehensive assessment of various project variables.

It is the UN’s belief that “climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and that all Parties share a vision for long-term cooperative action”. We believe that significant steps toward positive climate change will only become a reality when the public and private sector are mutually engaged in long term commitments. A substantial obstacle preventing these investments continues to be a lack of transparency in the variety of risks that are involved with climate projects- a factor found to be increasingly significant since the Economic downturn.

The Carbon Rating Agency was created to facilitate the need for an independent review of climate projects, providing senior figures within both public and private entities with the information necessary to commit to projects. This information includes both the quantitative analytical tools and qualitative consideration of policy and regulatory issues to create accurate indicators of project performance

Background and Expertise

The Carbon Rating Agency was created from the same minds behind IDEAglobal and IDEAcarbon, allowing it to draw upon the experience of proven experts in the fields of global investment and climate finance. By deliberately separating from its parent companies, the Carbon Rating Agency is able to become a truly independent authority in its field- free from any external interferences or pressures. It is this that allows our reports to possess the highest level of accuracy available, and has created the trust necessary to build long term relationships with our clients.

The Carbon Rating Agency has full access to the database of climate projects held by the United Nations. This unparalleled source of data is the foundation of our quantitative modelling, as well as a trusted provider of the most up to date information on policy and regulatory disclosure available. The benefit of this is that our ratings are always at the cutting edge of the latest market changes and statistics..


Carbon Portfolio Assessment

What differentiates the CRA's approach from other portfolio evaluation services is that the CRA's rating methodology is applied to individual project in the portfolio, or a representative sample of projects in a large portfolio, in order to evaluate its specific risk profile and the probable performance over the delivery period. The analysis will refine the parameters used in CARBONrisk, an emission reduction delivery estimation platform based on ...

Programmatic CDM Risk Assessment

The Carbon Rating Agency (CRA) has refined its traditional rating methodology to take into account the additional complexities and risks associated with programmatic CDM (pCDM). CRA has looked beyond the existing regulatory and design issues and explains the key implementation risks that will need to be properly understood in order for this promising mechanism to achieve its growth potential.

Company details

Business Type:
Service provider

Industry Type:
Air and Climate - Climate Change

Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

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