IIF Authors

Status: Will be live at 02/13/2023 12:00

The IIF, in collaboration with ISDA, responds to the IOSCO consultations on Compliance and Voluntary Carbon Markets

On February 10, the Institute of International Finance (IIF), in collaboration with the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), submitted a joint response to the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Consultation Report on Compliance Carbon Markets (CCMs) and Discussion Paper on Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCMs).

The letter focuses on several cross-cutting themes that leverage the IIF’s and ISDA’s engagement on issues regarding the environmental integrity of carbon credits and market integrity dimensions of carbon markets, to date. We welcome IOSCO’s holistic approach to fostering the development of sound and well-functioning compliance and voluntary carbon markets, as we strongly believe that carbon markets are a critical component of the global response to climate change and the Net-Zero transition.

The response makes a number of specific suggestions, including but not limited to:

  • Encouraging IOSCO to leverage the work of key VCM governance bodies, such as the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (ICVCM), to support greater standardization and strengthen supply and demand-side integrity;
  • Providing guidance on how securities and financial regulators can and should use their expertise, authority, and scope of influence to enhance market integrity, recognizing the limits of such regulators with respect to dimensions of environmental integrity concerns per se;
  • Requesting clarification of the legal classification and regulatory treatment of carbon credits, also distinguishing between the legal nature and regulatory status of VCMs themselves and the nature of transactions in VCMs (e.g., derivatives transactions with a VCC underlying such as listed futures or OTC forwards or options);
  • Requesting continuous monitoring of the development and linkages between CCMs and VCMs to ensure that, as these markets develop, any regulation remains appropriate and fit for purpose."