Blog

22 September 2021

Ambitious carbon pricing and a just transition should go hand in hand

Although carbon pricing has gained prominence worldwide as one of the key policies to foster decarbonization, setting any price may not be enough anymore.
15 September 2021

The VCM as a catalyst of climate action beyond public action by governments

Project developers are at the core of the voluntary carbon market (VCM): they identify mitigation and business opportunities, bring partners together, and bear the financial risk of reducing emissions.
25 August 2021

Corporates and governments would benefit significantly from joining forces in voluntary carbon markets

In the effort to halt global heating, large global corporates and developing country governments should join forces to stop deforestation and build resilient economies.
19 August 2021

Governments can exploit the untapped potential of the VCM to scale-up emission reductions

The Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) represents a great opportunity to mobilize significant investments in climate action in developing countries. While addressing the climate crisis, these projects contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and address other global challenges such as inequality, environmental degradation, and social development, which are truly needed.
02 August 2021

Balancing the needs of stakeholders for a successful voluntary carbon market

Making the voluntary carbon market successful at driving meaningful mitigation requires a governing approach that recognizes and balances the needs of stakeholders on both the supply and demand sides of the market. In an attempt to address this problem an initiative has been created that puts the supply-side at the center of the conversation on how to shape the voluntary carbon market, including a range of stakeholder conversations in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean with project developers, civil society, and government representatives. A number of key recommendations have surfaced from these conversations.
16 February 2021

Trees alone don’t make a forest – the nonfungible role of fungi

A forests is more than the sum of its individual parts. Learning about mycorrhizal fungi reminds us there is more to forests than meets the eye, and we are still learning about their complexity. Looking at what is happening below the surface of forests is a refreshing, and necessary, shift in perspective that can help us move away from a narrow, essentialist perspective to a broader, more encompassing view.
03 February 2021

Let’s get practical: Will 2021 mark a shift from theory to field testing for international carbon markets under Paris?

What 2021 holds in store for the new carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement remains to be seen – especially given the continued onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, countries and stakeholders are now moving beyond conceptual discussions and are starting to work together to test Article 6 on the ground.
23 December 2020

Sustainable beef making debut on Colombian supermarket shelves

Grupo Éxito - Colombia's largest retailer - has taken a major step toward implementing the Colombian cattle sector's zero-deforestation agreements by offering GANSO-guaranteed sustainable beef in select supermarkets this month. Much work remains to be done to mainstream sustainable catlle management - but the pathway toward zero-deforestation commodity production in Colombia is in sight.
10 December 2020

No super year for nature: Large-scale developments for infrastructure and mining could push forests over tipping point

As we reflect on 2020 - which was meant to be the "super year for nature" - we ask: how far have we come on protecting forests from rising global commodity demand and large-scale infrastructure development? Why has progress been so difficult to achieve, and who bears the cost of failure? And are the solutions staring us in the face?
12 October 2020

Some good news on climate action for a change

Some good news on the forefront of climate action: the voluntary carbon market is booming. More and more companies are expanding their climate strategies to include additional action through offsetting and investments in forest restoration and reforestation. The massive spike in purchases of carbon credits is voluntary, thus coming on top of any government policies.