The carbon market is young and uneven, but growing and continuing to mature. The market was created to address a series of regulation needs but is becoming steadily contoured by market needs.
One need, for example, is to successfully deal with emissions companies have upstream or downstream from their suppliers. Some of this is widening the mandate because of shortening climate horizons. But part is managing costs. Moving into the supplier world reduces risk, and spreads cost.
The offset world is fast becoming a transactional market. This does not lessen corporate buying, but vastly increases the world of direct consumer purchases of carbon credits. With online tools, corporations with users, buyers, or constituents can offer them a choice: to opt-out or opt-in. Companies who choose this method of “going green” can offer consumers the chance to make a purchase that would result in carbon neutrality. That consumer can opt-out and decline an offset purchase. Conversely, they can ask the consumer to actively opt-in thereby mitigating the carbon footprint of their transaction.
As sustainability becomes a larger force in the economy, transactional carbon purchases are expected to increase. Supporting tree planting and forest development, consumers are adding significantly to the velocity of the carbon market. As we like to say, “Every turn of a machine or wheel, plants an acorn in the ground.”
The Carbon market is rapidly evolving. ACRE Investment Management is firmly establishing a market leadership position in forestry carbon. Additionally, we are harnessing the power of the digital economy and developing new technology integrations for buying and selling credits, thus empowering consumers to take an active role in lessening their environmental
impact. The scale of our Forest Fund vision, in concert with a carbon market benefiting from distinct velocity, is starting to produce structural soundness and new magnitude in the architecture of the carbon marketplace.