Origins and Landscape of Voluntary Carbon Markets

Origins and Landscape of Voluntary Carbon Markets

Nicola Steen

30 years: Emissions Trading Schemes

In this video, Nicola discusses how carbon markets help reduce rising emission levels. She has distinguished between mandatory carbon markets and voluntary carbon markets. She further explains the early building of the voluntary carbon market around the world. She further explores the setup of Verra’s Voluntary Carbon Standard (the VCS) and the Gold Standard in parallel to the Government-led UN’s Clean Development Mechanism

In this video, Nicola discusses how carbon markets help reduce rising emission levels. She has distinguished between mandatory carbon markets and voluntary carbon markets. She further explains the early building of the voluntary carbon market around the world. She further explores the setup of Verra’s Voluntary Carbon Standard (the VCS) and the Gold Standard in parallel to the Government-led UN’s Clean Development Mechanism

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Origins and Landscape of Voluntary Carbon Markets

13 mins 25 secs

Overview

Emissions limitations and a decrease in the amount of greenhouse gases produced by economies are crucial. The numerous trading mechanisms make it possible for these reductions in growth and development patterns as well as modifications to take place in the most effective and cost-effective ways possible. We must make sure that our infrastructure and energy systems are installed, expanded, or replaced in a clean, efficient, and sustainable manner.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how carbon markets help reduce rising emission levels

  • Learn the origins of Voluntary Carbon Markets

  • Understand the setup of Verra’s VCS and Gold Standard in parallel to UN’s CDM

  • Outline the types of carbon markets

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Nicola Steen

Nicola Steen

Nicola Steen has been working on using market mechanisms to reduce levels of greenhouse gas emissions since 1989. She helped instigate the pan-industry and government discussions that led to the UK Emissions Trading Group and the first pan-economy emissions trading scheme in the world. Most recently, she is working again on the voluntary carbon markets, seeing new capital and attention moving towards bolstering sustainable solutions.

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