In this narrative episode hosted by Angus Chapman and Desné Masie, with interviews with the leading figures in the global carbon market, we track the journey of a carbon credit across the globe. From Kenya to Geneva, Washington DC, London and finally, Yorkshire, we unpack what’s going on under the hood of the carbon trading industry and explore the implications for Africa.
This case study is a way to understand an industry becoming increasingly big business on the continent. Particularly following the launch of the African Carbon Markets Initiative at Cop 27 in November 2022 and the Gabon One Forest Summit in March 2023, many voices are looking to carbon markets to provide an alternative income stream to fund sustainable development.
It is a fractured market, but as we found in our research for this project, participants are trying hard to scale up and, generally, invite scrutiny and regulation. If you have ever wondered how carbon markets really work, or heard promises that they can solve climate change while producing broad-based prosperity in the Global South, listen on.
- Has Cop27 resurrected global carbon trading?
- Why has carbon trading come back to life?
- Could carbon trading speed up the energy transition?
This podcast was supported by funding from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.
Host and executive producer: Dr Desné Masie
Co-host and producer: Angus Chapman
Co-producer: Peter Doerrie
Research: Angus Chapman
Digital Editor: Charles Dietz
Design: Jason Venkatasamy
Music: Corporate Uplifting Chill by MusicLFiles