Welcome to the Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE) website - the online home of the PACE centre. On this website you can find out about our services and projects.

PACE centre services and track-record

PACE was established in 2004. Since then we have explored various ways of making the global carbon market work in Africa - and particularly to work for poor people in Africa. The Credible Carbon registry, the first of its kind in Africa, seeks to structurally alter the way in which poverty alleviating carbon projects are brought to the market. 

In 2011 Credible Carbon sold over 11 000 tCO2 and returned more than R700,000 in carbon revenue to poverty-alleviating projects in southern Africa. In 2012 we did even better, selling nearly 41 000 tCO2 to over 100 different clients and returning R1,7 million to local projects. Our top sales price in 2012 was R250 per tCO2 and in last project we returned 91% of total carbon revenue to the project - that is after project proponent fees, legal fees and the cost of an indepenent audit.

PACE is a major project proponent to the Credible Carbon registry and enjoy their success. We are looking forward to 2013!

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Just back from COP17. An impressive event both in terms of scale and content. Not confident about a legally binding, fair and urgent agreement but more hope than a week ago. Impressive none the less to see how many committed people are working on a range of inspiring issues.

Latest News

All news articles are collated on our partner site www.crediblecarbon.com.

For as long as markets have existed, businesses and industries have been disrupted by new technology. While the shape of decline has looked different in each industry, every structural change or “transition” has resulted in losses which have impacted investors, banks, workers and government. Transitions associated with climate change pose … Continue reading "Understanding the impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa"

Global Carbon Emissions Hit Record High In 2018: IEA China, the United States, and India together accounted for nearly 70 percent of the rise in energy demand. Nina Chestney 750 – – – – –

Today, the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) released its groundbreaking Report, Low Carbon Development: A Paradigm Shift Towards a Green Economy in Indonesia . The Report was developed with analytic support through the NCE-LCDI consortium, which includes the New Climate Economy, WRI Indonesia, Climate Policy Initiative, Global Green … Continue reading "[JET]Low Carbon Development: A Paradigm Shift Towards a Green Economy in Indonesia."

*David C Nelson* | Executive Director, Energy Finance Climate Policy Initiative 26 March, 2019 I am pleased to let you know that CPI Energy Finance launches a new report today in Johannesburg, *Understanding the impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa, *at an event kindly hosted by the … Continue reading "[Finance]Climate Policy Initiative Energy Finance launches new report, Understanding the impact of a low carbon transition on South Africa"

Carbon pricing seen as key tool to drive sustainable development and social benefit *Africa Climate Week: *Carbon pricing seen as key tool to drive sustainable development and social benefit *CPLC Workshop at Africa Climate Week* On Tuesday, March 19 at Africa Climate Week, the World Bank Group (WBG) and International … Continue reading "Africa Climate Week 2019: Carbon Pricing Day – Report-back"

The University of Cape Town’s Energy Research Centre recently undertook an alternative technical assessment of South Africa’s electricity future to inform debate on IRP 2018, South Africa’s latest electricity plan, which is due to be released shortly. The authors used a similar modelling methodology, with the addition of an economic … Continue reading "Least-cost integrated resource planning with cost-optimal climate change mitigation"

A new power generation technology could provide baseload power while reducing CO2 emissions. Many countries have accepted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement on mitigating climate change. The agreement, which came into force on 4 November 2016, seeks to strengthen the global response to the … Continue reading "Baseload power from waste heat"

lobbied in support of the the Trump administration’s plan to reevaluate U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards. … View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

issue allowances for 2019, companies can’t use those certificates to comply with their 2018 greenhouse gas emissions. That takes away a a major financial benefit of the carbon market that companies… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas

Under market rules, emitters must hand in allowances each year to match the previous year’s greenhouse gas output. This year, U.K. participants have an earlier deadline than the rest of the 27 EU… View this article online at Bloomberg Source: Bloomberg greenhouse gas



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