Entries for 'Carbon Markets'
January 18, 2024
Demand for voluntary carbon credits (VCC) reached an all-time high in December 2023, reflecting the exponential increase in corporate climate commitments. Under favorable market conditions, and as the policy drivers for a net-zero economy take shape, annual demand for retiring VCCs is projected to surpass $3 trillion by 2030–a sharp increase from less than $0.8 billion in 2023.
December 7, 2023
Global climate flows are on track to surpass $2 trillion in 2023—up from $1.4 trillion in 2022. While still well short of the estimated $8.6 trillion annual pace needed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, the pickup reflects the strong growth in climate finance commitments in recent years.
November 9, 2023
Voluntary carbon credit issuance and retirement have cooled significantly amidst integrity concerns, highlighting the need for private sector-led initiatives like the ICVCM Core Carbon Principles to be operationalized as soon as possible.
October 26, 2023
Rising global tensions and political divides could hinder multilateral efforts to achieve sustainable development goals. Global economic performance remains subdued, with significant regional disparities; a contributing factor has been the prolonged stagnation in global capital flows over the past 15 years amid post-financial crisis regulatory initiatives.
August 8, 2023
Voluntary carbon credit issuance picked up significantly in Q2 2023, as the ICVCM Core Carbon Principles and Assessment Framework were launched. Greater collaboration between the supply-side ICVCM and demand-side Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) will support market development and rapidly growth in demand as companies ramp up climate commitments.
August 1, 2023
Global climate flows surpassed $1.1 trillion in 2022 - up over 25% from $870 billion in 2021. However, this is still well short of what will be needed to achieve net-zero emissions. ESG stock and bond market performance improved in Q2 2023. Despite rapid growth, ESG integration in global debt markets is still at an early stage: just 6.1% of total debt issuance in Q2 2023 was ESG-linked.
May 10, 2023
Amid tighter monetary and financial market conditions, ESG fund flows remain subdued and volatile. After large outflows in March, April saw a slight recovery in investor appetite for ESG funds. However, outflows from emerging market ESG funds accelerated in April.
April 25, 2023
The voluntary carbon markets continue to gain momentum despite financial market volatility in recent months. The proliferation of net zero targets by large corporates remains the major driver of market expansion.
February 9, 2023
ESG fund flows have picked up, amid easier financial conditions and growing demand. Global climate flows surpassed $1.1 billion in 2022 - up over 25% from $870 billion in 2021. On average, ESG stocks and bonds are up by some 5% in 2023 ytd. Global sustainable/ESG debt issuance was down over 15% to $1.3 trillion in 2022, from $1.5 trillion in 2021. We project global ESG debt issuance to climb to $1.7 trillion in 2023 and near $2 trillion in 2024.
February 2, 2023
Progress by the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market (IC-VCM) and the release of the Core Carbon Principles (CCPs) will help address ongoing concerns about voluntary carbon credit quality—a must to support market expansion; Greater price transparency will also help: in this first edition of our new Voluntary Carbon Markets Monitor, we introduce a registry transparency index to assess disclosure of the registries that track and validate the quality of carbon credit projects.
December 1, 2022
We are pleased to share the latest edition of our new quarterly chartbook, designed to monitor sustainable flows (to ESG funds, climate finance flows, and climate finance to emerging markets), ESG market development, the electric vehicle industry, and the evolution of the voluntary carbon market. The chartbook also includes our regular ESG Country Scorecard—a useful indicator of progress in areas including carbon efficiency as well as broader environmental and social issues in emerging and frontier markets. We welcome your comments!
November 10, 2022
Voluntary carbon markets (VCMs) are featuring prominently in discussions at COP27, as multiple initiatives are being launched to support their critical role in scaling up finance to emerging and developing economies.
October 20, 2022
Climate finance and ESG investing were top themes at our IIF Annual Membership Meeting and the IMF/WB Annuals; Energy security concerns, inflationary pressures and budget strains are jeopardizing timetables for climate goals.
August 29, 2022
We are pleased to share the second edition of our new quarterly chartbook, designed to monitor sustainable flows (to ESG funds, climate finance flows, and climate finance to emerging markets), ESG market development, the electric vehicle industry, and the evolution of the voluntary carbon market.
July 14, 2022
The size of the voluntary carbon market has grown rapidly in recent years despite a marked slowdown this year. Looking ahead, the rise in corporate net-zero pledges (particularly from firms in carbon intensive sectors) should underpin demand and support the expansion in voluntary carbon markets growth in years to come.
June 2, 2022
Offset issuance in voluntary carbon markets has slowed this year amidst concerns over excess offset supply; Rising corporate net-zero pledges and technology advances (e.g. blockchain-based protocols) should support market growth, however, lack of price transparency and standardization remains a significant barrier for market growth; The finalized Article 6 Rulebook could spur efforts to integrate voluntary and compliance markets over time; Defining global threshold standards for high quality carbon credits should help bring greater price transparency and liquidity to voluntary carbon markets; A large share of carbon offset projects originates from emerging markets; pure removal-based offsets remain too scarce
April 20, 2022
We are pleased to share our new quarterly chartbook, designed to monitor sustainable flows (to ESG funds, climate finance flows, and climate finance to emerging markets), ESG market development, and the evolution of voluntary carbon markets. We also include our regular EM ESG Scorecard-a useful indicator of progress in areas including carbon efficiency as well as broader environmental and social issues.
April 7, 2022
Against a challenging market backdrop, flows to ESG funds fell to just $75 billion in Q1 2022-a sharp slowdown from their recent pace. Inflows in March ($15 billion) were at their weakest since March 2020; Sustainable debt issuance dropped to $285 billion in Q1, down 30% from Q4 2021; However, investor demand will remain underpinned by the continued acceleration in corporate net-zero pledges.
April 7, 2022
Offset issuance in voluntary carbon markets declined sharply in Q1 2022-the slowest pace of issuance since Q3 2020. Most of the issuance came from China, the DRC, Indonesia, India, the U.S. and Turkey in Q1.
November 10, 2021
The EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)—which would charge importers of steel, aluminum, and other inputs a tax equivalent to the EU’s domestic carbon price—calls for a gradual phase-in of reporting “embedded emissions”; From 2023, reporting on iron, steel, aluminum, fertilizer, electricity, and cement will take effect, and importers will start paying a tariff on these products from 2026; In 2020, the EU imported some $50 billion in “CBAM products” from countries outside of the EU Emissions Trading System; Russia, China, and Turkey export the most CBAM products to the EU; Italy and Germany are by far the largest importers.