Carbon market legislation is being prepared

Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis.

Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis.

PRIME Minister Philip “Brave” Davis said the government is preparing to table legislation that will allow the country to participate in the global carbon market.

He made the comment as he called for a multilateral approach to carbon pricing during the Seventh Ministerial Meeting of The Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action.

Mr Davis, addressing the forum via video, spoke of the devastation Hurricane Dorian caused in parts of The Bahamas in 2019.

“The science is clear: human-induced climate change will continue to influence the frequency and intensity of hurricanes, and those hurricanes will continue to constitute an enormous threat to my country,” he said.

“Hurricane Dorian caused approximately $3.4 billion in loss and damages, equal to one-quarter of our GDP. We did not emit the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change, but we are reaping the damage nonetheless.

“As a country on the frontline of climate change, we believe it is of the utmost importance to keep the global goal of 1.5⁰C within reach, as this is a critical threshold to ensure the survival of small island developing states (SIDS) and least developed countries.”

An important tool, he said, for achieving this goal is the mobilisation of climate finance to ensure that countries can meet national mitigation and adaptation targets.

“We recognise that carbon prices and markets are evolving quickly. Saleable, verified emission reductions or removal credits, or other carbon mitigation measures under the standards of the Paris Agreement, can be a key tool for addressing the climate finance gap and a catalyst for carbon action.

“Carbon prices impose a cost on emissions and therefore play a fundamental role in setting economic incentives for clean development and in transitioning to a decarbonized economy.

“A multilateral approach to addressing carbon pricing will be key, and it is crucial that there is fairness and equity in carbon pricing across various compliance and voluntary markets. The price of emitting a ton of carbon in the Global North should not differ from the price in the Global South.”

Mr Davis said SIDS like The Bahamas have absorbed multiple and repeated financial shocks associated with climate change and the ongoing pandemic.

“We must take steps to ensure our countries can profitably participate in global carbon market initiatives. Multilateral efforts to pair our countries with countries that have had experience in placing carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol Clean Development Mechanism and other voluntary marketplaces, will be critical to our advancement in this emerging financing market.

“As our country prepares to table legislation that will allow our participation in the global carbon market, we are open to partnerships with other small island states and with countries who have advanced expertise in the carbon markets. The Bahamas is keen to be an innovator in this space and we believe that partnerships will aid in sending the right price signals for carbon credits and enhanced climate action.”

According to Reuters, carbon markets are “market-based tools meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions” which put a cap on the number of countries or companies can emit; if they exceed those limits, they can buy permits from others.


K4C 9 months, 3 weeks ago

INSANE totally INSANE carbon markets are a SCAM !


tribanon 9 months, 3 weeks ago

This piece of legislation has been drafted by those interested in protecting certain well known polluters like the cruise ship industry from incurring significant financial penalties for their egregious carbon emissions. And of course The Bahamas will be held to a much higher anti-pollution standard than the greatest polluter on our planet today, namely Communist Red China.

Once again we the corrupt and incompetent Davis and Cooper led PLP administration doing what it is told to do by foreign organizations with no regards whatsoever to the interests of Bahamians. If Davis were the least bit serious about pollution and its impact on climate change, he should send a loud and clear message to the rest of the world by banning all cruise ships from our territorial waters.

Davis has yet to recognize that the aggressively greedy business model of the cruise ship industry makes it our country's biggest competitor in the tourism industry. Allowing these gargantuan floating hotels into our territorial waters, with all of their onboard dining and entertainment, is like inviting the fox into the chicken coop.


tribanon 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Just look at what decades of kowtowing to the polluting cruise ship industry has done to Downtown Nassau. And the greedy likes of Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and Disney are exploring the possibility of a joint business venture that would have them take a good chunk of Downtown Nassau for themselves. Over the past three decades their business model ran Downtown Nassau into the ground and now they're looking to buy a good chunk of it for themselves in a fire sale deal. Simply unbelievable!!


Flyingfish 9 months, 3 weeks ago

The should be an Environmental Mitigation Tax. The first companies that should be on it is the Cruise ships


tribanon 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Agree. We should have such a tax at the very least. But such a tax will never come about because corrupt executives of these cruise ship companies have literally 'bought' certain of our senior elected officials and senior members of our civil service.


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