UN Body Reaches Crucial Agreement on Carbon Crediting Guidelines Before COP28 Summit

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Last Updated on January 28, 2024 by News Editor

The UN body responsible for implementing the Paris Agreement’s new UN carbon crediting mechanism has reached a consensus on recommendations for essential guidelines regarding greenhouse gas reductions and the methodology for the mechanism.

In a second virtual meeting ahead of COP28, the Article 6.4 Supervisory Body decided to approve both guidance documents and present them to the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA) in Dubai for approval. The discussions, which lasted two weeks and involved the Body’s members working together to overcome challenges and come to a consensus, came just after the meeting in Bonn at the beginning of November.

The Crucial Guidelines and Future Adaptability of UN’s Carbon Crediting Mechanism

The goal of the new Paris Agreement crediting mechanism is to promote global cooperation in the fight against climate change and the reduction of emissions. A crucial component of making sure the mechanism starts again the following year was the agreement obtained this week on important guidelines. 

Along with establishing workable guidelines for creating carbon crediting techniques under the new UN mechanism, the Supervisory Body also established a critical path for its functioning. This direction has been eagerly awaited by stakeholders in both the voluntary and compliance markets. The agreement permits future adjustments and upgrades in addition to offering much-needed clarity.

The recently formed standards are centered around making sure the mechanism works well for buyers, host countries, and the environment. In the course of the discussions, members sought to achieve a balance between the requirement of guaranteeing the economic feasibility of key mitigation initiatives and the priorities defined by Parties in the Glasgow Article 6 Rulebook. For these efforts to significantly contribute to reaching the Paris Agreement’s long-term temperature goal, their economic viability is essential.

UN’s Innovative Strategies for Greenhouse Gas Removal Credits

In the framework of the new UN process, credits generated by projects that extract greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and either permanently store or destroy them are referred to as greenhouse gas removals. The Supervisory Body’s judgment is approach- and technology-neutral and attempts to preserve the environmental integrity and ongoing effects of present and emerging removal operations while taking into account their diversity and richness.

The framework for removal activities is centred on the necessity of offering sufficient monitoring both during and following the crediting periods of the operations, as well as the requirement to correct any potential reversals. In order to put into effect the regulatory framework supporting removal actions, the Supervisory Body hopes to implement this recommendation by creating a buffer pool for reversal risks to guard against possible reversals, developing a tool for assessing reversal risks and creating other procedures and guidelines.

 Takeaways

In a major step toward strengthening global efforts against climate change, the UN agency responsible for implementing the Paris Agreement’s new carbon crediting scheme has successfully overcome difficulties in developing critical guidelines. The meticulously constructed methodology principles, which are focused on economic viability and environmental integrity, address the wide landscape of greenhouse gas removals.

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