Carbon and Environmental Commodity Markets are an evolving landscape - dictated by policy, regulations and corporate culture. These markets have one thing in common – they place a value/price on an environmental attribute. In the case of carbon markets, a price is placed on greenhouse gas emissions(GHG). Mechanisms such as carbon offsets, which represent actual greenhouse gas emission reductions at a project level, are used in both voluntary and compliance carbon markets by companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint and manage their GHG liability.
In the case of Environmental Markets, policy places a monetary value on environmental assets and services. In circumstances where biodiversity values are reduced as the result of land development or land clearing, those responsible for the biodiversity loss are required to offset these losses through equivalent protection, enhancement or restoration of similar lands elsewhere. Commonly referred to as “Mitigation Banking” or “Biodiversity Banking”, these efforts are aimed at ensuring there is no net loss of biodiversity, wetlands, conservation areas etc. Any land that is disrupted will be compensated for in equal or greater measures elsewhere.
Not every country has environmental markets, and in those that do, the markets may be limited to State or Provincial level programs. Additionally, not all environmental markets are legislated with policy – some exist purely as voluntary initiatives. Further complicating this landscape is that markets for carbon offsets and biodiversity credits often differ between jurisdictions. Understanding these varied and diverse “Regional Markets” is the key to uncovering opportunities for project development and commercialization.
We’ve done the groundwork and understand the intricacies of the environmental markets that we’re involved in - knowledge and experience that helps our partners maximize the value of their projects.
More information about the markets we work in:
- AB 32 - Compliance California Market
- Alberta's Specified Gas Emitters Regulation
- The Quebec Cap and Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Allowances
- International Voluntary Carbon Markets
- British Columbia Carbon and Forestry
- Ecosystem Markets
If you would like more information on our competencies within these markets, or if you’d like to learn more about project development services please contact us.