International Carbon Action Partnership


Name of initiative International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
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Starting year 2007
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Secretariat International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), Köthener Straße 2, D-10963 Berlin, Germany. E-mail:
Organisational structure
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Germany


Description The International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) is an international forum for governments and public authorities that have implemented or are planning to implement emissions trading systems (ETS). ICAP facilitates cooperation between countries, sub-national jurisdictions and supranational institutions that have established or are actively pursuing carbon markets through mandatory cap and trade systems. ICAP provides the opportunity for member jurisdictions to share best practices and discuss ETS design elements with a view to creating a well-functioning global carbon market through linking ETS and highlighting the key role of emissions trading as an effective climate policy response. The work of ICAP focuses on the three pillars of technical dialogue, ETS knowledge sharing and capacity building activities.
Objectives ICAP pursues the following goals:

- Share best practices and learning from each others experience of ETS; - Help policy makers recognize design compatibility issues and opportunities at an early stage; - Facilitate possible future linking of trading programs; - Highlight the key role of cap and trade as an effective climate policy response; - Build and strengthen partnerships amongst Governments.

Activities 1. Technical Dialogue

ICAP regularly organizes public conferences and internal workshops on important ETS design issues. ETS topics addressed in past ICAP workshops include: - Allocation (including Auctioning, Benchmarking) - Competitiveness and Carbon Leakage - Market Oversight - Monitoring, Reporting, Verification, Compliance and Enforcement (MRVCE) - Offsets

2. ICAP courses on Emissions Trading Since 2009, ICAP has held courses on emissions trading for developing countries and emerging economies. The ICAP courses provide an intensive ten day to two week long introduction to all aspects of the design and implementation of emissions trading systems (ETS) as a tool to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

3. UNFCCC Side Events ICAP showcases developments of emissions trading systems at the Conferences of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. ICAP membership is open to all public authorities and governments that have established or are actively pursuing carbon markets through mandatory cap and trade systems with absolute caps as one approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Capacity building
Activity of initiative Training and education
Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved Through capacity building ETS training courses (in country and online); Events e.g. webinars, panel discussions, conferences, workshops, forums, anniversary events, publications on research, release of tools e.g. Allowance Price Explorer, knowledge products e.g. annual Status Report, Emissions Trading Handbook, presentations, reports, briefs, data collection.
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Participants Number Names
Members 53  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 0
National states 34 Australia,  Denmark,  France,  Germany,  Greece,  Ireland,  Italy,  Netherlands,  Portugal,  Spain,  UK,  Norway,  Switzerland,  USA,  Canada,  Mexico,  Australia,  New Zealand,  Japan,  Kazakhstan,  South Korea,  Ukraine,  Mexico,  Colombia,  Costa Rica,  China,  Turkey,  Chile,  Brazil,  Belgium,  Thailand,  Portugal,  Sweden.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 19 Arizona (USA),  Maine (USA),  Maryland (USA),  Massachusetts (USA),  New York (USA),  Vermont (USA),  British Columbia (Canada),  California (USA),  Manitoba (Canada),  Ontario (Canada),  Nova Scotia (Canada),  Québec (Canada),  Arizona (USA),  New Jersey (USA),  New Mexico (USA),  Ontario (USA),  Oregon (USA),  Washington (USA),  Tokyo Metropolitan Government (Japan).
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 12 April 2022 12:00:16

Not only have national states as participators