Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market

Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Research Report: By Type (Voluntary Market, Compliance Market), By Project Type (Avoidance/Reduction Projects, Removal/Sequestration Projects (Nature-based, technology-based)), By End-User (Industrial, Power, Energy, Transportation, Buildings, and Others), and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World) Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, Regional Analysis, Competitor Analysis and Forecast 2023-2031.

Agriculture | September 2023 | Report ID: EMR00161 | Pages: 217

The Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market was valued at USD 237.58 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach approximately USD 2311.58 billion by 2031, at a CAGR of 28.8% from 2023 to 2031. Carbon offsets work on the principle of decreasing the corresponding amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to balance out the emissions produced by human activities that add to climate change. When people, businesses, or organizations use industrial processes to discharge greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, they increase the concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, leading to global warming and climate change Carbon offsets work on the principle of reducing an equivalent amount of CO2 or other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to balance out the emissions.




Report Attribute


Estimated Market Value (2023)

237.58 Bn

Projected Market Value (2028)

2311.58 Bn

Base Year


Forecast Years

2023 - 2031

Scope of the Report

Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Drivers and Constraints, Historical and Forecast Market Analysis by Segment- By Type, By Project Type, By End User, & Region

Segments Covered

By Type, By Project Type, By End User, & Region

Forecast Units

Value (USD Billion or Million), and Volume (Units)

Quantitative Units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2031

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa, and Rest of World

Countries Covered

U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, GCC Countries, and South Africa, among others

Report Coverage

Market growth drivers, estraints, opportunities, Porter’s five forces analysis, PEST analysis, value chain analysis, regulatory landscape, market attractiveness analysis by segments and region, company market share analysis, and COVID-19 impact analysis.

Delivery Format

Delivered as an attached PDF and Excel through email, according to the purchase option.


Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Dynamics

Enhancing the accuracy and accountability of the market, improvements in technology, and data analytics allowed for improved monitoring and reporting of the performance of carbon offset projects. Numerous significant corporations have committed to sustainability and established aggressive emission reduction goals. Since it was difficult for many businesses to completely reduce emissions from their operations, carbon offsets gave them a way to become carbon neutral and reach their goals more quickly. In order to achieve net-zero emissions or carbon neutrality, numerous businesses have set high objectives. They can more quickly reach these objectives by using carbon offsets, that enable them to balance out the remaining emissions.


Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Drivers

  • Rising Sustainability Demand

Businesses and governments all demanded more sustainable practices as they became more conscious of climate change and its effects. Through, many companies and groups attempted to prove their commitment to environmental responsibility by using carbon credits. Some industries, like aviation, shipping, and heavy manufacturing, struggle to totally eliminate their emissions. Carbon offsets offer a way of wiping out these unavoidable emissions.


  • Net-Zero and Carbon Neutrality Goals

Companies, governments, and individuals aiming to achieve net-zero or carbon neutrality seek to offset their remaining emissions by investing in carbon offset projects. This surge in demand for offsets directly contributes to the growth of the carbon offset market. To achieve net-zero or carbon neutrality, entities purchase carbon credits generated from verified and certified carbon offset projects. These credits represent emissions reductions or removals, and their purchase supports projects that directly contribute to climate mitigation.



  • Transferring carbon emissions from one place to another

Leakage is the term for emissions that are caused by a project's activities to move from one location to another, potentially offsetting some of the targeted reductions. Double counting happens when the same emission reduction is reported by many parties at once, which overstates the amount of actual emissions reductions.


  • High Cost

The high cost in the carbon offset and carbon credit market refers to the financial challenges and considerations that can hinder the extensive adoption of carbon offset projects and the purchasing of carbon credits. While these initiatives are crucial for mitigating climate change. Project implementation costs, verification and certification Expenses, technology and innovation investment are the several factors that hamper on market growth.



  • Supportive Government Policies

supportive government regulations and incentives for carbon offset projects can spur investment and innovation in the field. Carbon taxes or cap-and-trade programs provide financial inducements for organizations to fund carbon offset initiatives. These regulations may increase the demand for carbon credits. Public-private partnerships are another key facet of this opportunity. Governments, private enterprises, and non-governmental organizations team up to jointly fund and execute large-scale carbon offset initiatives. This partnership model leverages diverse strengths, financial resources, and networks to realize ambitious projects. By capitalizing on collaborative partnerships and ecosystems, this opportunity harnesses collective wisdom, resources, and networks to drive significant progress toward a more sustainable future.


  • Innovation and Technological Advancements

The carbon offset and carbon credit market presents a transformative path toward more effective and efficient emission reduction strategies. Carbon capture and utilization (CCU) stands as a pioneering approach with immense potential. CCU technologies capture carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes and convert them into valuable products, such as synthetic fuels, chemicals, or construction materials. This not only helps curb emissions but also transforms them into economic assets. Similarly, data analytics and artificial intelligence can optimize carbon offset project outcomes by processing vast datasets to identify emissions hotspots, predict project effectiveness, and inform decision-making. Overall, embracing these technological opportunities promises to accelerate the transition toward a more sustainable and carbon-neutral future.


Segment Overview

By Type

Based on type, the global carbon offset/carbon credit market is divided into the voluntary market and compliance market. The voluntary market-based category dominates the global carbon offset/carbon credit market with the largest revenue share. The voluntary market operates on a global basis, enabling organizations and people from different regions to take part in and support carbon offset initiatives everywhere. This worldwide reach makes it easier to collaborate internationally and fund sustainable projects around the world. A wide variety of carbon offset projects are available on the voluntary market, giving purchasers the freedom to choose ones that are consistent with their goals and values.


By Project Type

Based on the project type, the global carbon offset/carbon credit market is categorized into avoidance/reduction projects and removal/sequestration Projects. Where the removal/sequestration Projects also divide into Nature-based and technology-based projects. The avoidance/reduction projects focus on avoiding greenhouse gas emissions to prevent them from being released into the atmosphere. The primary objective of the avoidance/reduction projects is to moderate emissions at the source and also minimize their impact on the climate. And the removal/sequestration projects focus on removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere or sequestering it in long-term storage.

By End-User

Based on end-user, the global carbon offset/carbon credit market is separated into industrial, power, energy, transportation, buildings, and others. The power segment leads the global carbon offset/carbon credit market with the largest revenue share. The power sector has great potential to reduce emissions and contribute significantly to the global effort to fight climate change.


Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Overview by Region

The global carbon offset/carbon credit market is categorized into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World. Asia Pacific emerged as the leading region, capturing a major of the market share followed by Europe.


Due to their huge populations, industrial activity, and reliance on fossil fuels for energy production, some countries in the Asia-Pacific area are significant contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions. To promote carbon offsetting and emissions reduction projects, the Asia-Pacific area has implemented legislation and programs. As a result of these policies, the market for carbon offsets is growing favorably.



Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Competitive Landscape

In the global carbon offset/carbon credit market, a few major players exert significant market dominance and have established a strong regional presence. These leading companies remain committed to continuous research and development endeavors and actively engage in strategic growth initiatives, including product development, launches, joint ventures, and partnerships. By pursuing these strategies, these companies aim to strengthen their market position, expand their customer base, and capture a substantial share of the market.


Some of the prominent players in the global battery management system market include 3Degrees, Finite Carbon, South Pole Group, EKI Energy Services Ltd, Native Energy, CarbonBetter, Carbon Care Asia Limited, Terrapass, Bluesource LLC, Natureoffice GmbH, and various other key players.


Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Recent Developments

In August 2022, Johnson Controls (JCI) and 3Degrees will combine their expertise to tackle building decarbonization through energy supply services and energy efficiency delivered by a digital platform. The partnership will deliver carbon reduction services through market-sourced renewable energy supply services and energy efficiency programs that can be supplied as a standalone offering or from Johnson Controls’ OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings platform


In August 2022, Johnson Controls collaborates with 3Degrees to accelerate the Race to Net Zero, a firm that helps organizations around the world achieve renewable energy and decarbonization goals. The new collaboration aims to accelerate building owners' and operators' progress toward net zero by leveraging 3Degrees' large-scale environmental commodity solutions, including Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) transactions, long-term renewable energy procurement, carbon credit portfolio management, transportation decarbonization and climate advisory services.


Scope of the Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Report

Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Report Segmentation



By Type

  • Voluntary Market
  • Compliance Market

By Project Type

  • Avoidance/Reduction Projects Distributed
  • Removal/Sequestration Projects

By End-Use

  • Industrial
  • Power
  • Energy
  • Transportation
  • Buildings
  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (USA, and Canada)
  • Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America)
  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC, and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

Customization Scope

  • Available upon request


  • Available upon request


Objectives of the Study

The objectives of the study are summarized in 5 stages. They are as mentioned below:


  • Global Carbon Offset/Carbon Credit Market Size and Forecast:

To identify and estimate the market size for the global carbon offset/carbon credit market segmented by type, project type, end-user, region, and by value (in U.S. dollars). Also, to understand the consumption/ demand created by consumers of the carbon offset/carbon credit market between 2022 and 2031.


  • Market Landscape and Trends:

To identify and infer the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges for the global carbon offset/carbon credit market.


  • Market Influencing Factors:

To find out the factors which are affecting the sales of carbon offset/carbon credit among consumers


  • Impact of COVID-19:

To identify and understand the various factors involved in the global carbon offset/carbon credit market affected by the pandemic


  • Company Profiling:

To provide a detailed insight into the major companies operating in the market. The profiling will include the financial health of the company's past 2-3 years with segmental and regional revenue breakup, product offering, recent developments, SWOT analysis, and key strategies.


Intended Audience

  • Carbon Credit Companies
  • Government and Non-governmental Organizations
  • Investors and Financial Institutions
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Academics and Research Institutes

Research Methodology

Our research methodology has always been the key differentiating reason which sets us apart in comparison from the competing organizations in the industry. Our organization believes in consistency along with quality and establishing a new level with every new report we generate; our methods are acclaimed and the data/information inside the report is coveted. Our research methodology involves a combination of primary and secondary research methods. Data procurement is one of the most extensive stages in our research process. Our organization helps in assisting the clients to find the opportunities by examining the market across the globe coupled with providing economic statistics for each and every region.  The reports generated and published are based on primary & secondary research. In secondary research, we gather data for global Market through white papers, case studies, blogs, reference customers, news, articles, press releases, white papers, and research studies. We also have our paid data applications which includes hoovers, Bloomberg business week, Avention, and others.

Data Collection

Data collection is the process of gathering, measuring, and analyzing accurate and relevant data from a variety of sources to analyze market and forecast trends. Raw market data is obtained on a broad front. Data is continuously extracted and filtered to ensure only validated and authenticated sources are considered. Data is mined from a varied host of sources including secondary and primary sources.

Primary Research

After the secondary research process, we initiate the primary research phase in which we interact with companies operating within the market space. We interact with related industries to understand the factors that can drive or hamper a market. Exhaustive primary interviews are conducted. Various sources from both the supply and demand sides are interviewed to obtain qualitative and quantitative information for a report which includes suppliers, product providers, domain experts, CEOs, vice presidents, marketing & sales directors, Type & innovation directors, and related key executives from various key companies to ensure a holistic and unbiased picture of the market. 

Secondary Research

A secondary research process is conducted to identify and collect information useful for the extensive, technical, market-oriented, and comprehensive study of the market. Secondary sources include published market studies, competitive information, white papers, analyst reports, government agencies, industry and trade associations, media sources, chambers of commerce, newsletters, trade publications, magazines, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Factiva, D&B, annual reports, company house documents, investor presentations, articles, journals, blogs, and SEC filings of companies, newspapers, and so on. We have assigned weights to these parameters and quantified their market impacts using the weighted average analysis to derive the expected market growth rate.

Top-Down Approach & Bottom-Up Approach

In the top – down approach, the Global Batteries for Solar Energy Storage Market was further divided into various segments on the basis of the percentage share of each segment. This approach helped in arriving at the market size of each segment globally. The segments market size was further broken down in the regional market size of each segment and sub-segments. The sub-segments were further broken down to country level market. The market size arrived using this approach was then crosschecked with the market size arrived by using bottom-up approach.

In the bottom-up approach, we arrived at the country market size by identifying the revenues and market shares of the key market players. The country market sizes then were added up to arrive at regional market size of the decorated apparel, which eventually added up to arrive at global market size.

This is one of the most reliable methods as the information is directly obtained from the key players in the market and is based on the primary interviews from the key opinion leaders associated with the firms considered in the research. Furthermore, the data obtained from the company sources and the primary respondents was validated through secondary sources including government publications and Bloomberg.

Market Analysis & size Estimation

Post the data mining stage, we gather our findings and analyze them, filtering out relevant insights. These are evaluated across research teams and industry experts. All this data is collected and evaluated by our analysts. The key players in the industry or markets are identified through extensive primary and secondary research. All percentage share splits, and breakdowns have been determined using secondary sources and verified through primary sources. The market size, in terms of value and volume, is determined through primary and secondary research processes, and forecasting models including the time series model, econometric model, judgmental forecasting model, the Delphi method, among Flywheel Energy Storage. Gathered information for market analysis, competitive landscape, growth trends, product development, and pricing trends is fed into the model and analyzed simultaneously.

Quality Checking & Final Review

The analysis done by the research team is further reviewed to check for the accuracy of the data provided to ensure the clients’ requirements. This approach provides essential checks and balances which facilitate the production of quality data. This Type of revision was done in two phases for the authenticity of the data and negligible errors in the report. After quality checking, the report is reviewed to look after the presentation, Type and to recheck if all the requirements of the clients were addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions

The global carbon offset/carbon credit market forecast period is 2023 - 2031
According to carbon offset/carbon credit market research, the market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~28.8% over the coming years.
Asia-Pacific is expected to register the highest CAGR during 2023 - 2031
Asia-Pacific held the largest share in 2022.
The major players operating in the global carbon offset/carbon credit market include. 3Degrees, Finite Carbon, South Pole Group, EKI Energy Services Ltd, Native Energy, CarbonBetter, Carbon Care Asia Limited, Terrapass, Bluesource LLC, Natureoffice GmbH, and various others.

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