Key Takeaways: Partnership Announcement: ReSeed, a leader in nature-based carbon credit solutions, partners with CREACC-NG to bring Nigerian smallholder farmers’ carbon credits to the.
Carbon credits are a critical component in the fight against climate change, offering a market-based mechanism to incentivize the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Each credit represents the removal or avoidance of one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) or an equivalent amount of other GHGs. These credits are generated through various environmental projects, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency improvements, reforestation, and industrial processes that reduce emissions.
The concept stems from international agreements like the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, which set targets for reducing global GHG emissions. It enable countries and companies to offset their emissions by investing in projects that reduce or remove GHGs from the atmosphere. This system allows for flexibility and cost-effectiveness in achieving emission reduction targets.
There are two main types of carbon credit markets: compliance (or regulatory) and voluntary. Compliance markets are created by mandatory national, regional, or international carbon reduction regimes, while voluntary markets allow companies and individuals to purchase credits on a voluntary basis, often for corporate social responsibility or branding purposes.
Each carbon credit must undergo a rigorous verification process to ensure the integrity of the emission reductions. This process is overseen by third-party organizations that certify the credits according to international standards.
The trading is conducted through specialized exchanges and brokers. This trading provides financial incentives to invest in clean technology and environmentally friendly practices, promoting sustainable development and innovation in various sectors. As the world moves towards a more carbon-conscious economy, the role of carbon credits is set to become increasingly prominent.