Voluntary carbon offset programs

Voluntary carbon markets continue to be developed with a view to direct private financing to climate-action projects, technologies and nature-based solution projects. As these markets scale up, increasing work is being done to align them with emissions trading mechanisms under the Paris Agreement. Investing in high-quality international carbon reduction projects is one way for businesses to reach carbon neutrality and achieve carbon reduction goals.

The projects are usually based in developing countries and provide additional benefits such as biodiversity, education, jobs, food security, clean drinking water and positive health outcomes.

We have been at the forefront of the development and implementation of carbon markets for almost 20 years. Over the last 10 years, we have consistently advised on a variety of investments into projects generating voluntary carbon offsets, including carbon loans, bonds, prepayment purchase agreements and long-term forward purchases. We have extensive experience in considering issues such as local law due diligence on project seller’s rights to GHG reductions, the legal nature of voluntary credits and implementing bespoke solutions for buyers seeking additional co-benefits (such as supporting Sustainable Development Goals).

We are active in a range of industry groups such as the International Emissions Trading Association and the Task Force on Voluntary Carbon Markets.

“The firm works across a range of clients with carbon projects. They have a range of experience to draw on when providing advice. Chambers Global 2021: Global-Wide Climate change

“The team is "very involved in the carbon market and is very supportive in this space, providing a lot of experience and contribution. The source adds: “They are very good on market trends and issues.” Chambers Global 2021: Global-Wide Climate change

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