The Global Carbon Council (GCC) and Global Environmental Markets Ltd. (GEM) joined forces to buy the Global Carbon Registry® (GCR). This registry will be used by GCC to manage carbon credits, making it easier to issue, transfer, and retire these credits. It’s also set up to handle Article 6.2 credits for countries interested in that.
GCC is an international carbon credit and sustainable development program.
The GCR is an advanced system that helps track Article 6.2 credits, which are important for global climate efforts. It’s part of the voluntary carbon market (VCM) and offers several features to make transactions smoother and simpler.
Revolutionizing VCM with Global Carbon Registry
GCR is significant in reporting Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMOs) or the Article 6.2 credits.
ITMO is a carbon emissions trading system where countries can buy or sell carbon credits with other countries. This can open doors for developing new carbon markets and further reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions.
At COP27 last year, Ghana and Switzerland, along with Vanuatu, inked the first-ever voluntary cooperation involving ITMOs.
The innovative registry isn’t just for GCC; it’s also designed for governments and countries. They can create their own carbon registries using this system and thus, further develop VCM solutions.
GCC’s founding chairman, Dr. Yousef, highlighted the importance of acquiring GCR in carbon markets, noting that:
“It represents a significant leap forward in seamlessly integrating carbon credit certifications and insurance. Our partnership not only revolutionizes the issuance of carbon credits but also empowers nations to shape their own registries, influencing the very structure of carbon markets.”
The GCR streamlines carbon market transactions. It manages everything from issuing credits to transferring and retiring them. It has a user-friendly interface that stands out in the carbon market industry.
Moreover, the registry connects with other platforms, making it easier for users to access and expand their market reach. It also meets requirements set by CORSIA, a regulatory program, ensuring that users comply with regulations while participating in the market.
Pioneering Solutions for Robust Carbon Markets
The Global Carbon Registry® and GCC have created a comprehensive solution that connects with exchanges and auctions. It would also link with CAD Trust (Climate Action Data Trust), and other registries.
Wayne Sharpe, CEO of GEM, expressed pride in partnering for a promising future in carbon markets. Nations worldwide seek a robust registry, and with the Global Carbon Registry®, they get cutting-edge technology and top-notch credit standards. This technology supports nations in setting up sub-registries affordably.
The announcement aligns with Global Carbon Council’s presence at COP28. They’re focusing on key topics like implementing Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement, improving carbon credit integrity, and enhancing efficiency through digitization in carbon markets.
Just over a week ago, Nasdaq also revealed a revolutionary technology aimed at securely digitizing the issuance, settlement, and safekeeping of carbon credits. The move shares the same goal with GCC’s acquisition of GCR: foster the growth and institutionalization of global carbon markets.
Amid over 118 governments pledging to triple renewable energy by 2030, GCC emphasizes the crucial role carbon markets play in financing this global transition.
Empowering Climate Action with Excellence
In a separate deal, the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD), overseeing the GCC, has simultaneously introduced a pivotal initiative – the Climate Action Center of Excellence (CACE).
The strategic launch aims to accelerate the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. It’s one of the cornerstones as part of the GCC’s strategy to mitigate climate change.
The main objective of CACE is to offer robust, impactful solutions that empower businesses and governments in mitigating carbon emissions. Additionally, it strives to mobilize climate finance efficiently, ensuring optimal use of investor funds while generating new sustainable projects.
The launch of CACE coincides with the staggering financial need estimated at around $ 4.4 trillion for developing countries to fulfill their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). This underscores the critical role of the private sector in funding and supporting emission reduction activities needed by nations.
This is where the CACE framework comes in to channel substantial funding into projects that curb emissions.
The acquisition of GCR by GCC promises to enhance transparency, ease transactions, and foster the growth of global carbon markets, playing a pivotal role in the pursuit of sustainable development and climate change mitigation.