Informative Note

Portugal's voluntary carbon market: new insurance


Following the establishment of the voluntary carbon market in Portugal, a new insurance has been introduced to accompany the new legislation.

Why was this introduced?

Because one of the issues at stake is the possible consequences of carbon sequestration reversals, and therefore the law needs to provide mechanisms to manage this risk. 

Purpose of the insurance:

  • To cover possible situations of reversal of sequestered emissions
  • To replace or supplement the guarantee pool


What is the guarantee pool?

A portfolio consisting of a portion of the carbon credits generated by projects that are used to offset unintentional emissions reversals.


Other notes:

It is the promoter who chooses the desired option when registering the project: insurance, the guarantee pool or both, with the guarantee pool acting as a complement to the insurance in the latter case.

Other details of the insurance, such as minimum capital and conditions, will be determined by order of the members of the government responsible for finance, the environment and climate action.


For details of the Decree-Law establishing the new voluntary carbon market in Portugal, see the Informative Notes prepared by PLMJ's Energy Team


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