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Abatable and Howden launch VCM Investment Attractiveness Index which rates countries’ voluntary carbon market readiness

Published: 6 Sep 2023
Last updated: 6 Sep 2023

London, England Abatable, in collaboration with Howden, has today launched the carbon market’s first ‘VCM Investment Attractiveness Index’ (the Index). The Index is the first to track a nation's success in interacting with the voluntary carbon market (VCM), aiding market participants in considering countries for investment based on their risk appetite and impact goals. The Index evaluates and ranks countries based on three key indicators crucial to fostering effective VCM projects, reflecting carbon market readiness, attractiveness of investment landscape, and the environmental and social impact opportunity.

The Index, which will be updated on an annual basis, highlights the Top 40 frontrunners in advancing the VCM for climate, nature and people outcomes. The full Index will be available as part of Abatable’s new policy insights product which aims to enable data-driven action within the voluntary carbon market and includes national assessments at a country-by-country level.

Governments can also engage with the Index to understand the policy changes required to enhance investor appeal. For example, developing an emissions forest reference level or piloting an Article 6.2 project will contribute to improving the score of a jurisdiction.

The Index methodology was developed by the carbon procurement and market intelligence firm Abatable, in collaboration with Howden, the global insurance group. This year's rankings showcase Kenya, Mexico and Peru as the three leading countries for investment and development. Kenya tops the attractiveness Index due to a strong carbon markets readiness score stemming from a mature carbon project developer ecosystem, a long history with the VCM and CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) and a favourable supply of in-demand credits. As it relates to the climate and people opportunity, Kenya’s VCM potential is centred around the opportunity to enhance clean cooking accessibility in rural regions.

The methodology was refined with input from Abatable’s technical advisory board, project developers and other experts. Abatable’s collaboration with Howden provided critical insight into the changing economic and political risk landscape and the challenges faced by investors in the VCM. The Index excludes Annex I nations, acknowledging the significance of climate action in these countries but recognising their access to alternative funding sources outside of the voluntary carbon market. The full methodology can be found here.

Maria Eugenia Filmanovic, Co-founder at Abatable, said: “At Abatable, our commitment lies in furnishing essential market insights and data to participants in the VCM to improve the collective understanding of such a fast-evolving market. Today, we’re thrilled to unveil the VCM Investment Attractiveness Index during Africa Climate Week as an innovative tool to assist many governments, investors, and developers to identify the indispensable conditions necessary to bolster impactful carbon projects for climate, nature and people.”

Charlie Langdale, Chair of Climate Risk and Resilience at Howden added: “Howden is committed to helping de-risk the climate transition. For investors and developers to trust in the voluntary carbon market, they must have access to reliable data and the latest risk assessments. The VCM Investment Attractiveness Index is an important step for providing this assurance, and we are proud to provide Abatable with political risk advice.”

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About Abatable

Abatable is a carbon procurement and market intelligence platform enabling climate action for hard-to-abate emissions. Our platform connects climate-conscious businesses, investors, and innovative climate projects. We help organisations discover, assess, and purchase carbon credits in order to achieve their sustainability strategies.

Our products and market insights bring radical transparency to the voluntary carbon market and build the trust it requires to become a scaled solution to tackle climate change. We are on a mission to empower every organisation to build a thriving future for climate, nature and people.

About Howden

Howden is a leading global insurance group with employee ownership at its heart. Founded in 1994, it provides insurance broking, reinsurance broking and underwriting services and solutions to clients ranging from individuals to the largest multinational companies.

The group operates in 50 countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, employing 14,500 people and handling $30bn of premium on behalf of clients.

In the UK and Ireland it operates through its A-Plan, Aston Lark and Howden brands.

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