The Carbon Rating Agency (CRA) is an IDEACarbon company committed to establishing rigorous and comparable standards that will enable the global carbon markets to attract the levels of finance necessary for preventing climate change.
CRA believes that the case for serious involvement by private capital in the carbon market is compelling: it offers an opportunity to achieve healthy investment grade returns in a market un-correlated to stocks and bonds. Our ratings are designed to help these markets develop by reducing regulatory uncertainty, improving market standards and enhancing risk analysis and transparency.
CRA's ratings provide a rigorous assessment of the likelihood of a project or portfolio delivering its stated emissions reductions in the stated time period. In addition, each rating evaluates the economic and social development benefits that the project does, or does not bring.
Improved transparency and better risk management – including ratings – are an integral part of the process to turn carbon into a new asset class. At present, each emission reduction project is unique and has its own risk profile. Carbon ratings will help to standardise carbon as a commodity and create a new asset class. Rated projects will no longer be unique but comparable to other projects with the same rating.
We hope our ratings will play an integral part in the evolution of carbon markets.
Our work is highly collaborative. If you would like to join us in strengthening the transparency of the global carbon markets, please contact us.
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