Can the private sector be involved in CAT and how? (including how can the private sector obtain a share of the emissions reductions they facilitate under an economy wide agreement)?

The private sector has no emission reductions commitments under the Paris Agreement but must comply with national climate change legislation in the countries where it operates. It may also be interested in purchasing ITMOs to meet voluntary corporate responsibility commitments. The private sector cannot directly be a party to a CAT agreement but can participate in two key ways:

  • Helping to reduce emissions in the host country, which will eventually deliver ITMOs to partner countries. The private sector could do this through their investments in emission reduction or removal projects. Ideally, the host country would introduce policy instruments mobilizing these investments.
  • Purchasing ITMOs from partner countries. These units could be used for compliance with national ETS of the Partner countries (if applicable), or for voluntary offset purposes.

We would find a vertical integration of emissions reduction generation and consumption when the private sector is involved in both activities. This would be ideal, as it would create strong incentives for a company to invest in mitigation in the host countries where they operate.