3:00pm 08/06/2023
Digital carbon registries empower nations in shaping the future of global carbon markets
By:Dr. Rais Hussin

The global carbon offset market is on the verge of transformation as nations recognize the value of their natural resources, particularly forests and mangrove swamps, in combating climate change.

Governments are increasingly focused on retaining more benefits from emissions-reduction projects, both as revenue sources and as contributions toward national climate goals.

Amidst this upheaval, digital carbon registries emerge as a crucial tool that assists nations in navigating the changing landscape of carbon markets, enabling transparency, compliance, and effective management of greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting.

Unlocking the value of carbon credits

Just as commodities markets have demonstrated the value of natural resources like gold and copper, countries now view carbon credits as a national asset.

The wake-up call for governments stems from the realization that foreign project developers often reap the majority of revenues generated by emissions-reduction projects within their borders.

Digital carbon registries provide a means for countries to assert control over their carbon credits and ensure a fair distribution of benefits.

Enhancing sovereign trading

Under the Paris Agreement, all countries, including developing nations, have emissions targets and can utilize carbon credits to meet their obligations.

Governments now recognize that carbon emissions and sequestration represent sovereign liabilities and assets, respectively.

Digitalization empowers nations to manage and trade their carbon credits effectively, supporting their international climate commitments while maximizing the economic benefits derived from these valuable assets.

Transparency and compliance

Digital carbon registries offer end-to-end digital links to voluntary and national standard bodies, fostering transparency and eliminating the risk of double counting during international credit transfers.

By digitizing the GHG accounting process, the platform reduces the potential for human errors and ensures compliance with the Paris Rule Book.

This level of transparency instills confidence in buyers, encouraging engagement with countries that demonstrate credible mitigation goals aligned with the spirit of the Paris Agreement.

Supporting National Determined Contributions (NDCs)

Meeting the requirements of the Paris Accord is no easy feat, but digital back-office services cater to the complexities of GHG accounting, enabling informed decision-making and helping countries achieve their climate goals, thereby assisting national bodies responsible for managing countries’ NDCs.

As nations revamp the rules of global carbon markets, digital carbon registries emerge as an essential tool for countries to assert control, enhance transparency, and maximize benefits from emissions-reduction projects.

By providing end-to-end blockchain-based digital links, ensuring compliance, and supporting effective GHG accounting, the platform empowers nations to make informed decisions and contribute meaningfully to their National Determined Contributions.

In the face of evolving regulatory frameworks and growing demand for clarity, stability, and predictability, national digital carbon registries pave the way for a sustainable and equitable future in the fight against climate change.

(Dr. Rais Hussin is the president and chief executive officer of EMIR Research, a think tank focused on strategic policy recommendations based on rigorous research.)


Dr Rais Hussin
Carbon Credit
Emir Research


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