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MARKET UPDATE: Australian Carbon Offset Market Report: Dec – Jan 2022

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Dear Subscriber,

Our latest Australian Carbon Offset Market Update has now been published.

The Australian carbon market experienced a major bull run over the course of 2021, with prices for Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) growing 209% to end-December, a 23% increase over the final month of the year. Traded volumes also surged over 2021, with secondary transactions (excluding the ERF) increasing 76% on 2020 levels, with almost ¾ of all action (72%) in the form of direct contracting between developers and offtakers. Based on total volumes and average prices the value of the Australian secondary market is estimated to have grown 168% on 2020 levels, with continued growth in voluntary demand potentially pointing to a sustained period of higher prices.

This report provides a snapshot of current activity in the Australian and international voluntary carbon markets, including spot and forward price dynamics, offset issuance and voluntary cancellations. Analysis considers Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs) and voluntary offsets across key international registries including Verra, Gold Standard, the American Carbon Registry, and the Climate Action Reserve.

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