Monday, September 11, 2023

Climate Change: Carbon Credits. Understanding Climate Credits and Offsets. September 2023

 The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Carbon Credits


Carbon Markets 101

A carbon market allows investors and corporations to trade both carbon credits and carbon offsets simultaneously. This mitigates the environmental crisis, while also creating new market opportunities.
New challenges nearly always produce new markets, and the ongoing climate crisis and rising global emissions are no exception.

The renewed interest in carbon markets is relatively new. International carbon trading markets have been around since the 1997 Kyoto Protocols, but the emergence of new regional markets have prompted a surge of investment.

In the United States, no national carbon market exists, and only one state – California – has a formal cap-and-trade program.

The advent of new mandatory emissions trading programs and growing consumer pressure have driven companies to turn to the voluntary market for carbon offsets. Changing public attitudes on climate change and carbon emissions have added a public policy incentive. Despite an ever-shifting background of state, federal, and international regulations, there’s more need than ever for companies and investors to understand carbon credits.

This guide will introduce you to carbon credits and outline the current state of the market. It will also explain how credits and offsets work in currently existing frameworks and highlight the potential for growth.

Executive Summary

·        1. Carbon Credits, Carbon Offsets, Carbon Markets – an introduction

·        2. What are carbon credits and carbon offsets?

·        3. How are carbon credits and offsets created?

·        4. What is the carbon marketplace?

o   4.1 Who are the top carbon companies? (Stocks, ETFs)

·        5. Overall size of carbon offset markets

·        6. How to produce carbon credits

o   6.1 Who verifies carbon credits?

·        7. How companies can offset carbon emissions

·        8. Voluntary vs. Compulsory: the biggest difference between credits and offsets

·        9. The two types of global carbon markets: voluntary and compliance

·        10. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

·        11. Opportunity to maximize impact

·        12. New revenue streams

·        13. Do carbon offsets actually reduce emissions?

·        14. Can you purchase carbon offsets as an individual?

·        15. Do I need carbon offsets or carbon credits?

·        16. Why should I buy carbon credits?

·        17. What is Blue Carbon?

·        18. Second order effects of blue carbon credits



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