Preprint: Snapshot of the Carbon Sequestration Certification Market Ecosystem

by S.H. Arcusa and S. Sprenkle-Hyppolite IN: OSF Preprints,, 15 pp.

The authors discuss an overly complex system with at least 20 standard developing organizations proposing at least 66 standard methodologies for carbon sequestration from 13 different types of approaches and selling 19 different versions of certificates in voluntary and compliance markets. A targeted evaluation of the certificates‘ stipulated duration reveals unequal meaning of the word “permanent” with ascribed durations ranging from 15 years to beyond 100 years.