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The German Government and the German Parliament are responsible for the regulatory framework for German enterprises that want to engage in international carbon markets.

How can the voluntary offset market prevent double counting?

November 2018 - Many German and European businesses invest in voluntary carbon offset schemes to improve the carbon footprint of their production operations or their value creation chains. The EU voluntary offset market is estimated to be worth around 16 million tCO2eq. A new study looks at the issues surrounding double counting in the voluntary offset market, sets out proposals for its regulation and outlines approaches for the use of standards to mitigate potential risks. more

Host Country Authorizations under Article 6

October 2018 - A new briefing note examines the different types of host country approvals necessary for transactions under Articles 6.2 and 6.4 of the Paris Agreement. Building on the experience with mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol, it discusses the various scopes of authorization and contextualizes the Article 6 instruments with respect to their position under the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the host country and the investor country. more

Innovate4Climate successfully links carbon markets and climate finance

July 2018 - More and more states and sub-national governments are taking concrete action on carbon pricing. However, in order to achieve the two-degree target agreed by the international community, greater ambition and, more importantly, greater financial resources are needed. In order to promote strong incentives and the provision of a clear framework, the second international conference for carbon markets and climate financing Innovate4Climate took place in Frankfurt am Main from 22 to 24 May 2018. more

Climate Action in the German Coalition Agreement 2018

March 2018 - On 14 March 2018, the new German Government was sworn in. The Government is formed by a coalition of three parties, namely CDU (Christian Democratic Union), CSU (Christian Social Union), and the SPD (Social Democrats), respectively. Prior to inauguration, the three parties had agreed on a coalition agreement, which will form the basis for the common work ahead. presents the climate and environment part of the agreement. more

High-level Dialogue on Carbon Pricing in the Americas

March 2018 - Government representatives from across the Americas met in Santiago de Chile at the “High Level Regional Dialogue on Carbon Pricing and MRV in the Americas” to discuss the role of carbon pricing and MRV in the region. Representatives from the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) and the German Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMUB) were also present in order to share insights on the European perspective. more