Global Voluntary Carbon Market Report 2022: Industry to Reach $17.11 Billion by 2027 Amidst Unprecedented Momentum for Climate Action

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DUBLIN, Dec. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The “Global Voluntary Carbon Market: Analysis By Value, By Traded Volume, By Credit Retirements, By Credit Issuance, By Project Category, By Type of Project, By Region Size and Trends with Impact of COVID-19 and Forecast up to 2027” report has been added to’s offering.

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The global voluntary carbon market was valued at US$2,004.85 million in 2021 and is expected to reach 17.11 billion by 2027. On the other hand, the voluntary carbon market traded volume has reached 298.15 MtCO2e in 2021 and is projected to grow to 678.56 MtCO2e by 2027.

The annual credit issuance has increased to 399.96 MtCO2e in 2021, whereas annual credit retirement has increased to 166.65 MtCO2e. The voluntary carbon market (VCM) enables carbon emitters to compensate for their unabated emissions by purchasing carbon credits produced by projects targeted at removing or reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the atmosphere.

In recent years, there has been unprecedented momentum among global corporates to accelerate climate actions, driven by the growing pressure from governments, society, and financial market players.

Despite a myriad of concerns around the existing practice of using carbon offsets as part of corporates’ environmental strategies, corporate pledges have resulted in explosive growth in demand for voluntary carbon credits. The global voluntary carbon market is determined to grow at a CAGR of 42.91% over the forecasted period of 2022-2027. At the same time, the voluntary carbon market traded volume is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.69%.

Market Segmentation Analysis:

  • By Project Category: The report provides the bifurcation of market value, traded volume, credit issuance, and credit retirement based on the project category: Forestry and Land Use, Renewable Energy, Chemical Process/Industrial Manufacturing, Household/Community Devices, Waste Disposal, Energy Efficiency/ Fuel Switching, Agriculture, and Transportation. In terms of market value, forestry and land use held the major share of the market. From 2020 to 2021 REDD+ (type of forestry and land use projects) volumes rose dramatically, including an increase in the avoided unplanned deforestation project type and an increase in avoided planned deforestation. Afforestation and Reforestation (ARR) projects have also seen tremendous growth in Asia and Latin America & the Caribbean between 2019-2021. The sharp increase in ARR projects in large part is due to developments in the Republic of China.
  • By Type of Projects: The report provides the bifurcation of voluntary carbon market credit issuances based on the type of projects: Tech-Based Avoidance, Nature-Based Avoidance, Nature-Based Removal, and Tech-Based Removal. In 2021, Tech-based avoidance projects held the highest share of the market. Nature-based avoidance projects are the second largest credit supply category, which includes projects such as improved forestry management and avoided deforestation (REDD+) that protect the natural carbon sinks. The appeal of nature-based solutions includes co-benefits such as increasing biodiversity, economic opportunity for local communities, and promotion of resiliency and climate adaptation.
  • By Region: In the report, the global voluntary carbon market is divided into six regions: Asia, Latin America, Africa, North America, Europe, and Oceania. Asia accounted for the maximum share of the global market value in 2021. In July 2022, HKEX announced the Hong Kong International Carbon Market Council to develop Hong Kong as an international carbon market and a hub for Asia. Core Climate would provide effective and transparent trading of voluntary carbon credits and instruments, across Asia and beyond. Thus, the market is expected to grow in the coming years.
  • There has been an increase in participation in Latin American carbon markets due to the expansion of voluntary carbon markets, and ambitious climate goals established globally by governments and private actors, with the hydrocarbon industry leading the energy transition efforts in the region. In the coming years, governments would incentivize low-carbon technologies, such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), to increase the supply of high-quality credits in the region.

Market Dynamics:

Growth Driver

  • Rising Carbon Emissions
  • Increasing Corporate Efforts in Carbon Offsetting
  • Increase in Adoption of Net Zero Targets
  • Increasing Demand for Natural Climate Solutions
  • Establishment of CORSIA


  • Insufficient Governance
  • No Standard Measurement of Quality
  • Issues Related to Carbon Credit Integrity, Use, and Market Scaling

Market Trends

  • Key Initiatives Framing the Future

Recent Market Developments

  • Growth in Direct Air Capture (DAC)
  • Article 6 Agreement Redefining Global Carbon Offset Markets
  • Emergence of Carbon Credit Rating Agencies

Competitive Landscape:

The global voluntary carbon market is fragmented. The key players in the global voluntary carbon market are:

  • NRG Energy, Inc. (Green Mountain Energy)
  • Just Energy Group Inc. (TerraPass)
  • Ambipar Group (Biofilica Ambipar Environment S.A.)
  • South Pole
  • 3Degrees Group, Inc.
  • EcoAct
  • Aera Group
  • ClimeCo
  • ClimatePartner
  • First Climate AG
  • Vertis Environmental Finance
  • NativeEnergy Inc.

In 2021, Verra held the highest share of the credit issued, followed by California Air Resources Board. In 2022, South Pole announced that the company joined new Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Climate Coalition Initiative. FSC aims to ensure that Indigenous Peoples, smallholders, and forest stewards benefit from participating in certification and the growing carbon market. Whereas, 3Degrees announced the launch of new climate tech advisory services, which complement the company’s existing suite of climate advisory and implementation services.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

3. Global Market Analysis

4. Regional Market Analysis

5. Impact of COVID-19

6. Market Dynamics

7. Competitive Landscape

8. Company Profiles

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