Compliance Carbon Credit Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Compliance Carbon Credit Market Report is Segmented by Types of Credit (Renewable Energy Projects, Forestry and Land Use, Energy Efficiency, and Industrial Process Improvements), Sector (Energy Sector, Transportation, Industrial Sector, and Agriculture and Forestry), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecasts for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

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Compliance Carbon Credit Market Summary
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 0.82 Trillion
Market Size (2029) USD 1.89 Trillion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 14.81 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration Low

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Compliance Carbon Credit Market Analysis

The Compliance Carbon Credit Market size is estimated at USD 0.82 trillion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 1.89 trillion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 14.81% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

The compliance carbon credit market operates under regulatory frameworks that limit greenhouse gas emissions, such as emissions trading schemes (ETS) or cap-and-trade systems. Its primary function is to provide a mechanism for entities subject to emissions regulations, such as industries, power plants, and transportation sectors, to meet compliance obligations by purchasing carbon credits.

Compliance carbon markets operate within a diverse regulatory landscape, with different jurisdictions implementing emissions trading schemes and regulatory frameworks. Major compliance markets include the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), the California Cap-and-Trade Program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and various national schemes in China, South Korea, and New Zealand.

Compliance carbon credits are generated from various emission reduction projects, including renewable energy installations (e.g., wind, solar), energy efficiency initiatives, forestry and land-use projects (e.g., afforestation, reforestation), and industrial process improvements.

Compliance Carbon Credit Market Trends

Charting the Course of Carbon Pricing: UK-ETS Post-Brexit

  • After leaving the European Union in 2020, the United Kingdom implemented its carbon pricing mechanism, the UK-ETS, which replaced its participation in the EU-ETS. This transition allowed the United Kingdom to establish its emissions trading system and set its carbon pricing policies independent of the European Union.
  • The price of emissions allowances (UKAs) traded on the United Kingdom's Emissions Trading System (UK-ETS) has experienced notable fluctuations since its inception in January 2021. According to industry experts, the price reached a high of GBP 97.75 per metric ton on August 19, 2022, indicating strong demand or regulatory factors driving the price. However, by May 31, 2023, the price dropped to GBP 51.04 per metric ton, marking the lowest price before January 2022. Various factors, including changes in market conditions, regulatory adjustments, or shifts in supply and demand dynamics, could have influenced this decline in price.
  • In 2022, the UK-ETS generated significant revenue, totaling GBP 4.3. This revenue represents the financial impact of carbon pricing on regulated entities within the United Kingdom, including industrial facilities, power plants, and other sectors covered by the emissions trading system. The revenue generated from carbon allowances reflects the cost of compliance for these entities and contributes to government funds dedicated to climate-related initiatives and investments.
Compliance Carbon Credit Market: United Kingdom Emission Trading System (UK-ETS) carbon pricing: in GBP per metric ton, January 2022 - July 2023

Renewable Energy Investments and Technological Innovations Driving Carbon Credit Generation

  • Many energy companies invest in renewable power sources, including wind, hydroelectric, and solar power, to reduce their carbon footprint. This shift toward cleaner energy production creates opportunities for generating compliance carbon credits from renewable energy projects.
  • For instance, in February 2024, Chile embarked on a European hunt for investors in solar, wind, and green hydrogen technologies to decarbonize copper mines and other industries reliant on fossil fuels. During renegotiations of the EU Chile Trade and Investment Agreement, Marcos Kulka, president of H2Chile, a hydrogen association representing 102 publicly and privately owned companies, went to Europe to present his government's energy strategy.
  • Further, Industry experts believe blockchain technology can enhance carbon credit validation in the carbon market by integrating with MRV (Digital Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification) systems. MRV systems collect data from various sources, including satellite images, IoT sensors, and monitoring systems. The digital MRV data is hashed and uploaded to the blockchain to verify carbon credits. Smart contracts automate the verification process by ensuring carbon credits are issued only to projects that fulfill specific criteria. Using decentralized oracles, off-chain information feeds can be added to the validation process, allowing for real-time carbon credit validation.
Compliance Carbon Credit Market: Carbon trading prices covered by Emission Trading Systems: in USD per metric ton of CO₂ equivalent, as of 31st March , 2023, by jurisdiction

Compliance Carbon Credit Industry Overview

Various certification bodies and standards organizations certify emission reduction projects and issue carbon credits based on predefined criteria and methodologies. Competition may exist among certification bodies to attract project developers seeking certification services, with differences in certification fees, timelines, and reputation influencing their choice of certifier. Carbon credit prices and market dynamics can vary significantly over time and across different markets, leading to pricing, liquidity, and market behavior fragmentation. This variability can make it challenging for market participants to predict and navigate market conditions effectively. Some of the compliant carbon credit market players are Carbon Trust, ClimateCare, and 3Degrees.

Compliance Carbon Credit Market Leaders

  1. Carbon Trust

  2. ClimateCare

  3. 3Degrees

  4. South Pole

  5. Gold Standard

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Compliance Carbon Credit Market Concentration
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Compliance Carbon Credit Market News

  • April 2024: Regional efforts in the Western United States and Canada are gaining momentum as the urgency of combating climate change increases. Plans to link their carbon markets are being drawn up in California, Quebec, and Washington, which could significantly affect trading dynamics. The three authorities intend to work together to create a more extensive carbon credit market as soon as their proposed alliance takes effect.
  • January 2024: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued proposed guidance on the listing of voluntary carbon credit (VCC) derivatives contracts on designated contract markets for the public to comment on the proposal.

Compliance Carbon Credit Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Government Regulations and Initiatives


    1. 5.1 Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Regulatory Mandates and Policies

      2. 5.1.2 Growing Corporate Sustainability Initiatives

    2. 5.2 Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Market Complexity and Uncertainty

    3. 5.3 Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Innovation and Technology Advancements

    4. 5.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers / Buyers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Type of Credits

      1. 6.1.1 Renewable Energy Projects

      2. 6.1.2 Forestry and Land Use

      3. 6.1.3 Energy Efficiency

      4. 6.1.4 Industrial Process Improvements

    2. 6.2 By Sector

      1. 6.2.1 Energy Sector

      2. 6.2.2 Transportation

      3. 6.2.3 Industrial Sector

      4. 6.2.4 Agriculture and Forestry

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Middle East and Africa

      5. 6.3.5 Latin America


    1. 7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Carbon Trust

      2. 7.2.2 ClimateCare

      3. 7.2.3 3Degrees

      4. 7.2.4 South Pole

      5. 7.2.5 Gold Standard

      6. 7.2.6 Natural Capital Partners

      7. 7.2.7 Shell New Energies

      8. 7.2.8 Sustainable Travel International

      9. 7.2.9 Forest Carbon

      10. 7.2.10 Atmosfair*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
    4. 7.3 Other Companies


  9. 9. APPENDIX

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Compliance Carbon Credit Industry Segmentation

Compliance carbon credits refer to tradable certificates representing the removal, reduction, or avoidance of one metric ton of CO2 or its equivalent in other greenhouse gases, which entities use to comply with emissions regulations. A complete background analysis of the compliance carbon credits market, including the assessment of the economy and contribution of sectors in the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, and emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics, and geographical trends, and COVID-19 impact, is covered in the report.

The compliance carbon credit market is segmented by types of credit (renewable energy projects, forestry and land use, energy efficiency, and industrial process improvements), sector (energy sector, transportation, industrial sector, and agriculture and forestry), and geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America). The report offers market size and forecasts for all the above segments in value (USD).

By Type of Credits
Renewable Energy Projects
Forestry and Land Use
Energy Efficiency
Industrial Process Improvements
By Sector
Energy Sector
Industrial Sector
Agriculture and Forestry
By Geography
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Middle East and Africa
Latin America
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Compliance Carbon Credit Market Research FAQs

The Compliance Carbon Credit Market size is expected to reach USD 0.82 trillion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 14.81% to reach USD 1.89 trillion by 2029.

In 2024, the Compliance Carbon Credit Market size is expected to reach USD 0.82 trillion.

Carbon Trust, ClimateCare, 3Degrees, South Pole and Gold Standard are the major companies operating in the Compliance Carbon Credit Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2023, the Compliance Carbon Credit Market size was estimated at USD 0.70 trillion. The report covers the Compliance Carbon Credit Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Compliance Carbon Credit Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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