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What is an ITMO carbon credit?

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

Title: Demystifying ITMOs: Your Guide to Understanding ITMO Carbon Credits

In the fast-evolving world of carbon offsetting, keeping abreast of new terminologies and concepts can be quite a challenge. One such term is the 'Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcome' or ITMO. What exactly is an ITMO carbon credit? Allow Carbonibus to guide you through this intriguing concept.

What is an ITMO Carbon Credit?

An ITMO carbon credit refers to a mechanism established under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. ITMOs allow countries to collaborate on carbon emissions reduction and removal activities while transferring the results of these efforts between each other. This means that one country can finance emissions reductions or removals in another country, and count them towards its own targets. Each ITMO represents a metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) that has been reduced or removed.

How Do ITMOs Work?

The main idea behind ITMOs is that they should lead to an overall global decrease in emissions. This is achieved by following a rule of 'corresponding adjustments'. When a country transfers an ITMO to another country, it must add the same amount to its own emissions accounting. The receiving country, in contrast, subtracts the same amount. This way, the system prevents double-counting of emissions reductions.

## The Significance of ITMO Carbon Credits

The ITMO system is designed to encourage cost-effective mitigation activities and foster cooperation among nations in achieving their respective targets set under the Paris Agreement. It allows nations with lower mitigation costs to contribute more significantly to global emissions reduction, thereby maximizing the efficiency of global climate action.


In conclusion, ITMOs are a crucial component of global climate action, designed to foster international collaboration in achieving emissions reductions and removals. Carbonibus is at the forefront of such initiatives, developing projects eligible for ITMOs and driving sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

We encourage you to keep exploring the fascinating world of carbon offsetting. Stay tuned to our blog for more insights into ITMOs, other carbon credits, and our ongoing projects.


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