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March 15, 2008

Voluntary Carbon Markets Assessment

Dear all,

WWF has just published a new report on "Making Sense of the Voluntary Carbon Market - A Comparison of Carbon Offset Standards".

The study has been written by Anja Kollmuss and Clifford Polycarp from the Stockholm Environment Institute and Helge Zink from Tricorona.

The report discusses the role of the voluntary carbon offset market. It provides an overview and guide to the most important currently available standards, using the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) as a benchmark. The report compares the standards side-by-side and outlines the most pertinent aspects of each. It also includes a handy one page reference table for a quick comparison of the standards. The evaluated standards are:

• Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
• Gold Standard (GS)
• Voluntary Carbon Standard 2007 (VCS 2007)
• VER+
• Voluntary Offset Standard (VOS)
• Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
• Climate, Community & Biodiversity Standards (CCBS)
• Plan Vivo System
• ISO 14064-2
• GHG Protocol for Project Accounting

WWF's press release and guidelines around the report can be found at: http://www.panda.org/about_wwf/what_we_do/climate_change/index.cfm?uNewsID=126700.
The report and the executive summary can also be downloaded from SEI-US’s website:  http://www.sei-us.org/offset_standard_report.html

We hope you find it interesting!

Juliette de Grandpré
Energy and Carbon Markets
WWF Germany
Große Präsidentenstr. 10
D-10178 Berlin

Anja Kollmuss

Associate Scientist

Stockholm Environment Institute - US

11 Curtis Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-1224, USA

Tel:  +1 (617) 627-3786 8#
Fax: +1 (617) 449-9603



SEI is an independent research affiliate of Tufts University

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