EM Global Carbon Survey – Frequently Asked Questions

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WHO SHOULD RESPOND?

Calling all carbon offset project developers, traders, investors, and intermediaries worldwide to join Ecosystem Marketplace and its Visionary Partners, Strategic Supporters, and network of respondents in driving radical transparency in voluntary and compliance carbon markets by reporting transactions, deliveries, and market insights to the EM Global Carbon Survey!

Note: all previous respondents, project developers that have been issued over 1 million MtCO2e by the leading carbon offset standards, and organizations that have indicated they would like to respond to the 2021 survey have received email notifications with login credentials.

HOW TO RESPOND?

If your organization has already received a notification from EM, please log in with your credentials here to activate its online profile. Next, organizations can complete the full EM Global Carbon Survey here.
Note: if your organization has not received a notification from EM, please enroll here to receive your login credentials, then follow the steps described above. 

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?

The initial deadline was May 31st to guarantee that the organization’s response and that they are recognized, if self-elected to be, in the first installment of the State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2021. Although data cleaning and analysis have begun, it’s still possible for responses received in late June / early July to be included. All respondent data will be integrated into the new EM Data Intelligence & Analytics Dashboard. Responses that do not make it into the first installment will be included in subsequent installments published throughout the remainder of the year.

WHAT TIME PERIOD IS COVERED BY THE SURVEY?

Throughout 2021, organizations will report on the calendar year 2020 and year to date 2021. EM will be in touch regularly with organizations to report at the frequency they self-select.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Respond now to ensure your organization is recognized for its commitment to transparency in EM’s first State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets update report of 2021. This is done both in the appendices of reports and installments and on the EM website. Responding organizations are eligible for additional benefits, soon to be announced.

WHAT ARE THE CORE DEVELOPMENTS TO THE SURVEY SYSTEM & STRUCTURE?

  • Shifting the survey from an annual basis, EM has restructured its reporting frequency and format, encouraging a minimum reporting cycle of annual and enabling the reporting of transactions and deliveries data as regularly as daily. Respondents are asked to identify the reporting frequency that fits best for their organization at the start of the survey.
  • The survey is now housed in an online reporting platform, with an option to enter transactions offline in a spreadsheet and/or via an auto-fill-enabled online form. The first step is for organizations to establish their organizational profiles, after which they’ll be granted access to the full survey. Returning respondents may skip this initial step and jump right into the full survey.
  • Survey questions have been refined, expanded, and added related to project developers, buyers / demand-side behavior, deliveries, and recent market developments (e.g., market prospects, Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, Article 6, Jurisdictional REDD+, and COVID-19).

WHAT ARE THE KEY IMPROVEMENTS & NEW FEATURES?

  • Formatting: Sophisticated online API-capable data reporting system to enable more streamlined access and ease of responding
  • Security: Password protected survey login for each organization
  • Collaboration: Multiple individuals per organization can access
  • Flexibility & Customization:
    (1) Option to complete the survey via Excel or EM’s online platform;
    (2) Save and return to the survey;
    (3) Ability to submit survey responses at self-selected intervals – e.g., daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually
    (4) Survey flow presents only questions relevant to the respondent based upon the type of market participant, types of projects, respondent selections.
  • Time Efficiency: Embedded data to save time on the organizational background section
  • Standards/Registries Project Linkages: Auto-fill option pulls transaction data when respondent provides project ID