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Pricing Carbon – A Climate Asset Class

Under the Paris Agreement framework, one key method to reduce carbon emissions is to put a price on carbon. The introduction of market-based instruments around the world, including the new and existing forms of interactions on carbon markets like ETS, carbon taxes, ITMOs, CORSIA, Results-based payments for REDD+, biodiversity offsetting, insetting, and others will pave the way for faster and further GHG emissions reductions. This has led to the formation of carbon as its own asset class. Albeit diverse, with different forms having unique risk-return profiles. The private sector involvement is critical to achieve these large transformations, but it must be accompanied by the development of technology to promote environmental integrity, transparency and consistency across carbon units, as well as tools to identify market dynamics that could affect prices and volatility in such markets. Here we discuss with leading market participants where the market is today, what is emerging and what is still needed. 

Women’s Energy Network (WEN) Greater NYC Chapter was founded in 2016 in response to strong demand for a professional organization dedicated to women working in the energy industry. We are a community that empowers talented women across the energy value chain in the Greater New York City area.


IHS Markit is a leading provider of data and information for businesses to make crucial decisions; the firm provides data, workflow, and advisory services to investors and companies to help them achieve their climate-related goals.