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Norway, Germany, UK Pledge $5 Billion to Combat Tropical Deforestation

The first full day of the climate talks in Paris included a major announcement when Norway, Germany and the UK jointly pledged $5 billion to reducing deforestation in tropical forest countries over the next five years. Author: Kelli Barrett 30 November 2015 | PARIS | Usually the United Nations climate talks start off rather slow, with technical […]

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Fertile Ground

Policymakers around the world recognize the potential for natural land area to combat climate change: a total of 97 countries mentioned specific plans to reduce emissions from deforestation or increase forest cover in their Paris Agreement commitments. As the international community and domestic lawmakers figure out how to meet their emissions reductions targets in a […]

State of European Markets 2017 – Voluntary Carbon

In 2015, Ecosystem Marketplace tracked European voluntary buyers purchasing 16.1 MtCO2e, typically from renewable energy and forestry projects. Nearly all of the voluntary carbon offsets bought by European buyers originated from projects outside of Europe. Projects located in Europe produced relatively few carbon offsets for the voluntary market. The purpose of this report is to […]

Forging a Frontier

Over the past two years, numerous writers and analysts have likened the voluntary carbon markets to the “wild west.” In 2007 market trends highlight that this frontier has become a settlement zone. Customers are increasingly savvy about the opportunities and pitfalls in the carbon offset domain and stakeholders are aggressively working to forge the rules […]

Picking Up Steam

In the course of 2006 and 2007, interest in climate change, carbon offsets and the voluntary carbon markets accelerated dramatically. And yet despite this interest, and the fact that voluntary carbon markets have effectively been operating since 1989, quantitative data surrounding this market has been sorely lacking. Because of this situation Ecosystem Marketplace and New Carbon Finance teamed […]

State of Private Investment in Conservation 2016

11 January 2017 | New York | The private sector channeled $8.2 billion (B) of private capital into investments that seek measurable environmental benefits – in addition to financial returns – between 2004 and 2015 according to a report released today by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace. The report, which builds upon the 2014 report Investing […]

An Atlas of Ecosystem Markets in the United States

Today’s natural resource managers and policy makers operate in a rapidly changing landscape. Decision makers must contend with biophysical shifts from development and climate change, as well as changes in economic development patterns and social values, like growing interest in renewable energy and market-based conservation. To make sound decisions, leaders need a comprehensive and continually […]

Buying In

14 July 2016 | Washington, D.C. | Among a group of nearly 2,000 companies that publicly disclosed data in 2015, 18% use offsetting as part of a carbon reduction strategy – including familiar household names such as L’Oréal, General Motors, and Delta Air Lines – according to a new report by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, […]

Converging at the Crossroads

Companies and governments around the world committed US$705 million in new finance in 2014 to enhance the role of forests in combating climate change, according to a report released this week by Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, Converging at the Crossroads: State of Forest Carbon Finance in 2015. Over the last decade, private and public sector […]

Not So Niche

Carbon offsets are increasingly seen as a tool to support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as mitigate climate change, according to a new report from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, Not So Niche: Co-benefits at the Intersection of Forest Carbon and Sustainable Development. The report was based on responses to EM’s 2015 survey of forest […]

Ahead of the Curve

Companies, governments, and individuals voluntarily spent just under $4.5 billion on conservation and clean energy over the past decade by purchasing nearly 1 billion carbon offsets, finds a new report released on the sidelines of this week’s international climate talks in Bonn, Germany. The Forest Trends Ecosystem Marketplace report, Ahead of the Curve: State of […]

The Bottom Line

As the carbon content in the atmosphere rises to unprecedented levels, businesses are facing new risks. Delta Air Lines is concerned that rising temperatures could affect plane take-offs and that sea-level rise may encroach on coastal airports. Barclays bank is anticipating that tropical cyclones will alter the credit profile of some of their clients. Cosmetics […]

Sharing the Stage

Last year, voluntary carbon offset buyers threw their collective weight behind climate-led development. With many of these buyers driven to altruistically “combat climate change through their purchases, 2013 saw a record volume of offsets transacted from projects that deliver climate and community-facing outcomes (“cobenefits”) in developing countries. KEY REPORT FINDINGS Across all years of market […]

Covering New Ground

In its fourth year of publication, the State of the Forest Carbon Markets report series offers an un-paralleled, comprehensive view of the financial and technical landscape of the market for forest carbon offsets. Covering New Ground: State of the Forest Carbon Markets 2013, produced and launched by Forest Trendsʼ Ecosystem Marketplace, offers the latest findings […]