A useful learning and networking opportunity for anyone interested in ESG: The Voluntary Carbon Markets free webinar on October 25.
A large and increasing number of companies have voluntarily committed to science-based targets to reduce carbon emissions pursuant to the Paris Agreement. While abating current carbon emissions is the highest priority, many companies have also incorporated carbon offsets into their strategy, particularly for near-term, hard-to-abate emissions. As a result, Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCMs) have grown rapidly, and that growth is expected to continue.
However, VCMs present myriad problems from both a practical and theoretical standpoint; it is unclear whether these problems will be solved such that VCMs will function “healthily” on the timeline required by rapid global warming. Nevertheless, VCMs may be one of our best tools for mobilizing capital toward climate change solutions, and can be a valid part of a broader sustainability strategy for corporate actors under certain conditions.
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