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03 - 05 October 2023 ESA-ESRIN, Frascati - Italy

EO for Carbon Markets Forum 2023

Virtual Padlet

The EO4 Carbon Market Forum 2023 Organising Team has set up a Padlet (virtual whiteboard) accessible:


The Padlet will stay open for the whole workshop, to exchange views and provide recommendations on the main scientific challenges, gaps, and opportunities for future activities. Session chairs and all participants are very welcome to use it to share their views!


Since the creation of the first Emission Trade System in 2005 (EU ETS), carbon markets (voluntary or compliance) have evolved and become an important mechanism to incentivize the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and combat climate change. Carbon credits are issued for each ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) that is reduced or removed from the atmosphere through projects such as renewable energy production, afforestation, and energy efficiency measures. These carbon credits can be traded in various markets, including voluntary and compliance markets. 

The effectiveness of these markets depends on the credibility and transparency of these carbon credits. The use of Earth Observation (EO) data has the potential to improve reliability, ensure accuracy, and bring consistency to carbon projects, which will ultimately contribute to the success of carbon markets and GHG reduction efforts. Transparency is a critical element of carbon markets as it ensures that the claimed carbon credits are genuine and accurately reflect the reduction of GHG emissions. Verification of carbon projects is essential to establish credibility and transparency in the carbon market.

The use of Earth Observation can provide reliable and independent verification of the effectiveness of carbon projects, enhancing the credibility of carbon credits traded in the market. For example, Earth Observation data can be used to monitor and verify the carbon stock of forest projects, track and measure changes in vegetation cover or assess GHG emissions, support Coastal Blue Carbon activities, among others.  Satellite EO-based Monitoring, Reporting & Verification (MRV) systems have the potential to enhance transparency, accuracy and reliability when carbon credits are issued.


This EO for Carbon Markets Forum will consist of several presentations by invited speakers on the use of Earth Observation data to improve transparency and credibility in carbon markets, complemented by round-table discussions where participants can share their experiences and ideas on the topic. There will also be a poster session where participants can showcase their research or projects related to the use of Earth Observation data in carbon markets.


  • Bring together experts in the field to share their experiences and knowledge, discuss current challenges and opportunities, and identify best practices and innovative solutions related to the use of Earth Observation data in support to carbon markets.
  • Foster collaboration and networking among participants from different sectors, including academia, industry, finance , NGOs and governments, to promote knowledge exchange and support the development of effective and sustainable carbon markets.
  • Explore the role of Earth Observation data in carbon markets and how it can improve transparency and credibility of carbon projects.




The registration to the FORUM is closed.
For any enquiries about the registration on site contact

Abstract Submission is now closed!
The Forum sessions will include oral presentations (on invitation), discussion rounds and a poster session. The session topics are reported in the draft agenda.
The official language of the Workshop is English.
No participation/registration fee will be charged.
Participants are expected to finance their own travel and accommodation expenses.


Call for poster abstracts26th April 2023
Abstract submission is CLOSED!06th June 2023
Notification of posters selection by ESA14th June 2023
Opening of registration14th June 2023
Registration Closure18/09/2023
Final information and programme10th September 2023
Welcome email by ESA15th September 2023
EO for Carbon Markets Forum3-5 October 2023


The Abstract for Posters submission interface will open 26th April 2023 , and we invite you to submit your abstract HERE along with your selection of the topic and type of presentation (poster) proposed.

Note: Abstract length should be at least 200 words and maximum 400 words (one A4 page, single space normally contains 400-500 words).
Information about the co-authors (name, last name, affiliation, contact Email) is required.

Organizing Committee

Christian Holzleitner


Antony Delavois


Basanta Gautam

South Pole

Richard Hall


Simon Kay


Sabrina Lodadio

Serco spa c/o European Space Agency, ESA

Mirco Migliavacca


Jeremy Neyrou

BNP Paribas CIB

Spencer Plumb


Frank Martin Seifert


Nanne Tolsma


Ulla Vayrynen

Serco spa c/o European Space Agency, ESA

Lorenza Versace

Olly Services c/o European Space Agency, ESA



For information regarding the submissions, author instructions, scientific committee related inquiries please contact