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“Our research indicates that the VCS will become the leading standard against which all voluntary offset projects are judged.”

Ricardo Bayon
Chair Ecosystem Marketplace – Technical Advisory Committee.

Public Registries

About is a leading, global financial information services company with over 1,500 employees. The company provides independent data, valuations and trade processing across all asset classes in order to enhance transparency, reduce risk and improve operational efficiency. Its client base includes the most significant institutional participants in the financial marketplace.

About Markit Environmental Registry

The Markit Environmental Registry provides transparency and credibility for the listing and management of all environmental assets including carbon, water and other biodiversity credits. It lists and tracks forward sales of carbon through its Pending Issuance Units and includes a Request for Information platform that connects potential buyers of environmental assets with potential sellers. All listings and issuances go through a rigourous process to ensure all the accounting standards, monitoring, verification and certification requirements are met.

A registry effectively converts a verified emissions reduction into a saleable asset complete with a unique identifier number. This ensures complete transparency and enables the credits to be tracked throughout their entire life-cycle. Retired credits are held in a "lock box" by the registry, thereby preventing double counting - ensuring the same credits are not re-issued or sold again at a later date.  For more information, visit

About VCS Registry

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The Verified Carbon Standard is a greenhouse gas accounting program used by projects around the world to verify and issue carbon credits in voluntary markets.
Founded in 2005 by business and environmental leaders who identified a need for greater quality assurance in voluntary markets. VCS’ founding partners - the Climate Group, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the World Economic Forum - convened a team of global carbon market experts to draft the first VCS requirements. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) joined the effort soon after. This provides real, quantifiable, additional and permanent projects based emissions reductions.

The VCS Association was incorporated as a non-profit organisation in Washington, DC in 2009, with a professional staff to manage ongoing operations and development of the VCS Standard and Program. Today VCS is managed by staff with input and guidance from the board.

VCS relies on expert committees to ensure existing and new requirements reflect state-of-the art knowledge and global good practice, and convene new committees of global experts on a regular basis to guide the development of new requirements. With input from experts, VCS steadily expand the scope of the program to respond to the need for new, innovative and trusted carbon accounting tools. For more information, visit

About NYSE Blue

VCS Registry

NYSE Blue has an exclusive focus on the environmental markets and strongly believes in the ability of market mechanisms to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. To this end, it builds market infrastructure and exchanges in world economies that are shaping their environmental market initiatives. This creates a significant engine for liquidity growth.

NYSE Blue has brought together APX, a leading provider of infrastructure and services to environmental sponsors and market participants, and BlueNext, a leading spot exchange for the European Emissions Trading System. This unique combination of environmental commodities infrastructure provider and a proven exchange allows NYSE Blue to offer end-to-end products and services for global environmental market participants.

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