Carbon markets

Ricardo has a proven track record of designing and implementing robust carbon market mechanisms that deliver environmental and economic progress.

Creating impactful market mechanisms to support a low carbon economy

Our work brings together expertise on policy design, capacity building and technical expertise in industrial emissions abatement, renewable energy deployment, climate finance, measurement, reporting and verification, and inventory design. Our insightful analysis of the impacts created from linking systems and through the use of offset credits, including price impact, harmonisation, creates mechanisms to support the development and deployment of clean technologies.

System design (including sector and GHG coverage), choice of regulated entity, and interactions with existing policies and enforcement regimes.

Cap-and-target setting, underpinned by technical analysis of sectoral abatement potential. Allowance distribution options including developing benchmarks and approaches to auctioning.

Analysis of impact of linking systems and use of offset credits, including price impact, harmonisation and price stability mechanisms. Developing complementary mechanisms to support the development and deployment of clean technologies.

Our experts support the monitoring and evaluation of carbon market implementation from evaluating carbon leakage and competitiveness impacts, through to developing MRV frameworks and guidance to support transparency related to national and subnational climate commitments. In addition, our experts have extensive experience of developing emissions inventories and registries.

Carbon Markets

Our experience

A market-based mechanism in Jordan

Developing the World Bank Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) Proposal for market-based measures in Jordan.

Energy efficiency trading

Study on energy efficiency trading in China for the World Bank, including interactions with carbon pricing and renewable energy certificates.

Emissions trading system

Developing option for linking the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) with third-party trading systems, including registry accounting mechanisms.

Carbon markets


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Discover our case studies

National Atmospheric Emissions inventory for the UK

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Building city emission inventories in emerging economies with limited data

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Feasibility study to support Bradford Clean Air Zone

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Carbon markets Resources

Overview of the proposed 'universal' restriction proposal for PFAS

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Helping local authorities deliver an effective response to the climate emergency

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FAQ: The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

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Ricardo water policy experts release the tenth annual Australian Water Markets Report

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Meet the experts

Mark Johnson Climate Change And Carbon Markets Expert

Mark Johnson

Carbon Markets Business Manager

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Richard Smithers

Technical Director – Climate Adaptation Lead

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Florianne de Boer

Principal Consultant, Energy & Carbon Regulation

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