carbon market Articles

  • Understanding the voluntary carbon market

    The monitoring, reducing and offsetting of carbon emissions by corporations, organisations and individuals is rapidly moving from an ‘if’ and ‘why’ scenario to a ‘when’ and ‘how’ one. For the Kyoto Protocol signatory nations, this shift is one that combines elements of education, obligation and cooperation. For the few nations that have not signed on to the Kyoto Protocol, the change in ...

  • Establishing a global carbon market

    In its 2007 publication Policy Directions to 2050, the WBCSD proposes an outline for a post-2012 international framework. It features four key elements: The establishment of a quantifiable long-term (50-year) trajectory for the management of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Global cooperation to accelerate energy technology development and deployment and enable the rapid transfer of ...

  • From Ideas to Action: Funding for Energy Efficiency [Free Guide]

    You and your clients have great ideas for making buildings and companies more efficient. But when it comes to transforming ideas into reality, money can be a frustrating roadblock. Many ESCOs and utilities claim that there’s a lack of accessible funding for energy efficiency in the market. After a bit of research, we can show you that this assumption is simply ...


    By DEXMA

  • Wind Energy Production Estimates: Moving Beyond Time Averages

    No need to be a statistician to see that averages are often useful to compare different things. And yet, they often fall short as a true measure of performance. For instance, we use averages to compare the current weather against the climate normals or to get a sense of how our favorite sport team or player is doing. Team (player) statistics are a concise way of combining the scores from many ...


    By AWS Truepower, LLC

  • Regulatory challenges for financial and carbon markets

    The controversy about how financial derivatives markets are to be regulated that has been opened up by the credit crunch is in many ways parallel to the widening debate over regulation of carbon markets. Both markets involve hitherto untried attempts at commodification: in the case of the financial markets, commodification of an unprecedented range of uncertainties, and in the case of the carbon ...

  • Transnational aspects of a linked carbon market

    As greenhouse gas emissions trading systems emerge worldwide, the prospect of linking these systems has increasing economic appeal. However, there are a number of, practical and political considerations to take into account which may in many cases outweigh this theoretical attractiveness. There are also several legal instruments and approaches that can be used to link schemes ranging, from the ...

  • Voluntary carbon market is fast becoming big business

    If anyone had doubts about the importance of the voluntary carbon market they would certainly have been overcome by the announcement last month by Merrill Lynch of a new carbon offset service to assist businesses to reduce emissions through voluntary offsets. In partnership with ICF International, Merrill Lynch’s new Green and Gold initiative is the latest in a series of moves by major financial ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • The emerging Canadian carbon market: New fundamentals and opportunities

    Steps have recently been taken by the Ontario government to implement a cap and trade system in Ontario, and by the Canadian federal government to facilitate trading of offset credits for greenhouse gas ('GHG') emissions.Ontario introduced enabling legislation on May 27, 2009 (Bill 185) to amend the Environmental Protection Act (Ontario) to allow the provincial government to establish a cap and ...


    By McMillan LLP

  • Carbon market and global climate governance: limitations and challenges

    Climate change has been a challenge to international diplomacy and to global climate governance (GCG) involving governments, companies and civil society. This paper discusses the limitations and challenges of the global carbon market as a mechanism of GCG and its role in the post–Kyoto period. This study is part of an interdisciplinary and multi–institutional research about GCG and carbon market ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Offset the carbon emissions of your marketing programs

    You can reduce and reuse as much as you can, but the reality is, it’s next to impossible to have a zero carbon footprint in a marketing department. That’s why most eco-minded businesses buy carbon offsets. What are carbon offsets? According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “a carbon offset is an emission reduction credit from another organization’s project that results in less carbon dioxide or ...


  • The nature of the right or interest created by a market for forest carbon

    Increasingly, the global community is recognizing the need to engage the forest sector as a critical tool to mitigate global warming. A significant opportunity for this sector is the emerging global greenhouse gas emissions trading market. Yet, for forests to be included effectively in emissions trading markets, the nature of the legal rights in forestbased greenhouse gas reductions should be ...

  • U.S.-Colombian Venture Set to Tap Carbon Market

    A U.S. energy brokerage and a Colombian consultancy have teamed up in a groundbreaking alliance to sell greenhouse-gas reduction credits from at least 20 Latin American projects after the Kyoto Protocol takes effect, as expected, later this year. The Wall Street firm Natsource and the Bogotá-based Andean Center for Economics in the Environment (Caema) plan to tap a global market for ...


  • Article: Trading in Pollution: Creating Markets for Carbon and Waste

    This article evaluates the initial performance of both the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme (LATS). In so doing it examines the essential components for a functioning emissions trading scheme and considers the extent to which environmental trading systems and fiscal instruments are capable of fundamentally altering our consumption patterns ...


  • Forests, carbon markets, and avoided deforestation: Legal implications

    Forestry and agriculture contribute significantly to the World’s emissions in greenhouse gases. But they also hold the potential to play an important part in climate change mitigation. The Kyoto Protocol addresses land-use only unsatisfactorily and does not create any incentives for reductions of forest-based emissions in developing countries, where tropical deforestation alone contributes to a ...

  • MANAGING GREENHOUSE GASES IN THE DEVELOPING CARBON MARKETS

    Introduction On February 16, 2005, the Kyoto Protocol entered into force following Russia’s ratification after a lengthy period of uncertainty. Although the US and Australia have stated that they will not ratify the Protocol, here, too, there are initiatives by state governments and by the private sector to reducegreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Firms are now faced with important strategic ...


    By ENVIRON

  • Converging Markets

    The crucible in this scenario for the international climate regime is the emergence of an effective and liquid international carbon market with participation of private entities. In order to make the carbon market effective a bilateral negotiation track will develop, operating in parallel with the multilateral track under the UNFCCC. The purpose of the bilateral track is to integrate the various ...


    By Springer

  • Conservation carbon: A new voluntary market mechanism to protect forests

    Addressing deforestation is critical to mitigating climate change, and also has the potential to deliver significant social benefits to local communities and additional environmental co-benefits. Any consideration of forests and deforestation under the UNFCCC or Kyoto Protocol is expected to occur within this framework of emissions and emission reductions calculated against a baseline or ...

  • Explaining the construction of global carbon markets: REDD+ as a test case?

    Market–based instruments increasingly shape international environmental governance. Against this background, this paper puts forward a conceptual framework on the development of regulated global carbon markets. Regarding the adoption of carbon trading as an instance of wider shifts in governance allows us to benefit from the rich literature on (international) institutional change. At the same ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Carbon Market and the Post-2012 Climate Regime: Key Legal Scenarios

    Less then six months before Copenhagen, even the broad outline of the post-2012 legal framework remains undecided. The reasons for this are both political and procedural. Legal issues are politically highly sensitive – this is the main reason why they have not been clarified earlier. Procedurally, negotiations are proceeding on two separate “tracks,” one under the Kyoto Protocol and another one ...


    By Lexxion, The Legal Publisher

  • China readies national carbon market to fight climate change

    BEIJING (AP) - At first, the numbers and company names flashing on a big board in Beijing's financial district suggest a booming market. A closer look indicates otherwise: The scrolling list rotates the same dozen or so trades, all from last year. The lights from the Beijing Environment Exchange - one of seven pilot markets in China for trading carbon - raises ...


    By Associated Press

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