Carbon Market Watch is a not-for-profit association* with unique expertise in carbon pricing and a track record of policy work in international organisations and the European Union. Our strengths lie in evidence-based advocacy to improve climate policies, turning complex issues into comprehensible messages, and helping people understand and influence those policies.
Carbon Market Watch exists to ensure that carbon pricing and other climate policies cut pollution and drive a just transition towards zero-carbon societies. Given the urgency of halting the climate breakdown, we want market-based climate policies to fulfil their promise and be used in wise combination with regulatory and incentivising measures.
Evidence-based advocacy is central to our work. We watch critically over the design and implementation of market-based climate policy tools in particular and call out where these underperform, lead to environmental damage or ignore people’s rights. We turn complex issues into a comprehensible language to inform media, policy-makers and civil society organisations. We help people understand and influence climate policies that affect them.
We hold by the principle “the polluter pays”. Fair and effective climate policies depend on robust democratic processes. Climate measures need to be implemented in line with universal human rights so that they work for people and the environment. We take responsibility for our own unavoidable carbon footprint through an internal carbon budget and adhere to our values of transparency and democratic governance in our own practices.