Ecosystem Marketplace

The Sustainability Strategy That No One Talked About

Author: Allie Goldstein More than 200 major brands use carbon offsets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent Ecosystem Marketplace report. Representatives from two of those companies, Volcom and Intuit, spoke at Sustainable Brands about how they’re promoting offsetting from within. 15 June 2015 | When Sean Kinghorn started his new job…

It’s Official! REDD+ Is Now Ready For Paris

Climate-change negotiators meeting in Bonn today approved the technical provisions for REDD+, creating a standardized set of mechanisms that countries can begin incorporating into their climate strategies. Still unclear, however, is whether countries can meet their emission-reduction obligations by reducing deforestation abroad. 9 June 2015 | BONN | Germany | Maybe it’s the new digs here…

Climate Negotiators Want Emissions Trading Rules – Even If They Don’t Plan To Play the Game

The United States and the European Union both excluded market-based mechanisms to reduce emissions in the national climate plans they submitted to the United Nations. But negotiators say a framework for international emissions trading is needed, even if many countries won’t use it (yet). 29 April 2015 | Implementation, balance, inclusiveness. Those are the three…

Tight Federal Deadlines May Keep U.S. States Out Of Existing Cap-and-Trade Programs

Several U.S. states are considering joining existing cap-and-trade programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to comply with pending carbon rules from the federal government. However, a major obstacle in doing so is the tight deadlines that federal officials have set for states to submit compliance plans.  17 April 2015| Want to join an…

Countries Lag In Signing Green Climate Fund Contribution Agreements

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was celebrated at last year’s international climate negotiations for securing more than $10 billion worth of pledges from developed and developing countries. But only four countries whose commitments total $80 million have actually signed contribution agreements ahead of an April 30 deadline, raising uncertainty over when the GCF will be…

Marks & Spencer: Cooking Its Way To A Cleaner Future

Motivated by an ambitious sustainability plan, British retailer Marks and Spencer has become one of the biggest voluntary buyers of carbon offsets, according to a new Ecosystem Marketplace report. But the company is going beyond greening its own operations, making a commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to raise awareness of clean cooking,…

Jurisdictional REDD: Long Deferred, Soon Delivered

Forest-carbon projects are now conserving as much forested land as you’ll find in all of Malaysia. It’s a stunning achievement, but one that needs to get big fast if we’re to make a dent in global greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, jurisdictions like the Brazilian state of Acre are developing “jurisdictional REDD” programs to do just…

California Moves With Chinese Provinces On Climate

The United States and China made headlines last year with their Climate Pact, but significant collaboration had already occurred at the subnational levels. Both California and several of China’s provinces launched emissions trading systems (ETS) in 2013, and they have been working together ever since. Now, a new report highlights the latest accomplishments and partnerships.…

Researchers Say Ecotourism In Protected Areas Delivers 60:1 Annual Return On Costs

Researchers say that the first study to attempt to gauge global visitation figures for protected areas reveals nature-based tourism has an economic value of hundreds of billions of dollars annually, and call for much greater investment in the conservation of protected areas in line with the values they sustain – both economically and ecologically. 3…

Switzerland Becomes First Country To Post Climate-Action Plan.

Most developed countries have agreed to submit their post-2020 climate action plans by the end of March, and Switzerland became the first out of the gate on Friday. In this analysis, the World Resources Institute (WRI) says the Swiss proposal is clear and comprehensive, but they also said the country may relying too heavily on…

California Offset Market Slow to Ramp Up

Author: Allie Goldstein The results from California’s first cap-and-trade compliance period are in, and the numbers are encouraging. Allowance auctions have already raised millions for the state as emissions fall and the economy grows. But offsetting – the aspect of the program that invests in direct emissions reductions in non-capped sectors – has yet to reach…

Indigenous Life Plans And Carbon Finance: Two Sides Of The Same Coin?

In the early 1990s, environmentalists started experimenting with carbon finance to support conservation just as indigenous people of the Amazon began developing “Life Plans” to revive and support their traditions. A quarter century on, these two parallel initiatives have evolved in ways that are surprisingly complimentary – so much so they’re starting to converge, and…

US Gulf Coast Prime For Wetlands Restoration: Study

Louisiana’s disappearing coastlines are propelling renewed efforts to preserve the areas that can be saved before it’s too late. A new study finds the carbon markets could potentially contribute up to $1.6 billion toward this effort, if the offsets generated by wetlands restoration projects are eventually welcomed into the compliance markets. 12 March 2015 |…

The Climate Trust: Blazing the Oregon carbon trail

When Oregon-based The Climate Trust (TCT) was tasked with identifying and securing offsets back in 1997, there were precious few to find. This challenge shaped the organization as it stands today: TCT continues to trailblaze with new methodologies and innovative financing solutions, including a potential green bond to fund carbon offset projects. Author: Kelley Hamrick…

Emerging From The Darkness: New Process Aims To Tackle Black Carbon

Maasai woman cooks with open fire

Soot and smoke no longer blanket London and other Western cities like they once did, but these and other forms of “black carbon” continue to plague families in developing countries. Now a new Gold Standard methodology will offer clean cookstoves projects the chance to access a new source of funding for reducing these emissions. 23…

Paiter-Surui Take Stock Of Community Fund Charged With Managing Finances

In late 2013, the Paiter-Surui indigenous people of the Amazon earned carbon offsets for protecting their forest, and the Surui Fund – which is a governance apparatus developed to manage community finances – began disbursing that income internally in 2014. Some village and clan leaders, however, say the Fund isn’t functioning as it should, and…