Our ambition: creating systemic change using carbon allowances
We know that there is no single solution to tackling climate change. The changes we make as individuals are important, but they also need to be supported by changes in how businesses work and in how governments make and implement policy. EcoCore was founded in 2021 as a Community Interest Company with the ambition of creating systemic change at every level.
Our pioneering policy of a carbon currency based on carbon allowances is a ground-breaking system for ensuring every individual and organisation plays their part, whether locally, nationally or globally.
How we work
We are entirely dependent on our small team of volunteers to progress our work, from exploring how the approaches we are proposing can best be implemented, to influencing government policy.
We receive no statutory funding, and depend on the generosity of our donors to support out work. You can donate here Patreon
How we can take the next step
Persuading governments to implement systemic change will take time – time our planet hardly has. That’s why it’s important that we all start to make changes now – both to reduce our own impact, and to be the change that will prompt government to do more. We helped found and are working with local charity EcoCounts to establish a community action group in North London, UK committed to reducing their group carbon footprint. EcoCounts is free to join and members benefit from shared learning and keeping track of how they are living more sustainably; EcoCore benefits from learning how local people can act together and can best be supported to make the changes our planet needs.
Find out more about ways to get involved in our work: Get Involved
Endorsement from Experts
Personal Carbon Allowances is a framework for reducing CO2 emissions based on fairness and practicality, and I can see that the Carbon Currency policy would build on that on a larger scale. Since the world needs radical, equitable and effective solutions, it would be fantastic to see something based on these principles tried out and put into practice.
When we created the Contraction and Convergence framework at the Global Commons Institute in 1994 for UNFCCC Compliance, it was widely accepted as the best and fairest way to reduce global CO2 emissions. Indexing Carbon Credits and Debits as Carbon Equivalent Currency against the declining average of carbon consumption per capita is a necessary and indeed inevitable derivative of this. The excellent work of Ecocore in this critical area deserves your support.
Carbon emissions allowances, accounting and trading at the household level holds much promise for improving society’s response to climate change. This approach could not only make the process of emissions reduction fairer across society, but also provoke creative and innovative ways of doing business that decouples emissions from our economy.
The Carbon Currency based on Carbon Allowances policy should replace attempts to set a carbon price. We roughly know the quantity for various global warming scenarios. Setting the quantity per capita & issuing that could be a lot more effective than trying to guess the “right” price for carbon.
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