GIC’s carbon practice focuses on providing agricultural producers, integrated agribusiness firms, government agencies, industry associations, and carbon market investors with critical market insights, policy information, monetization strategies, and mitigation options.

Recently, GIC Group CEO Rick Gilmore sat down with Rob Floyd, Director and Senior Advisor of the African Center for Economic Transformation, to discuss innovative market solutions to help empower African farmers while also reducing agriculture’s share of carbon emissions.

Our activities target all levels of the global agribusiness industry and are oriented to helping organizations develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with agricultural related greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and climate change. GIC’s carbon practice is divided among the following three areas:

Market & Policy Analysis Financial & Advisory Services Measurement & Mitigation Strategies
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Kyoto Protocol
  • U.S. and International Legislation
  • Compliance and Voluntary Carbon Markets
  • Carbon Allowance and Credit Trading Systems
  • Risk Assessment
  • Investment Strategies
  • Monetization Strategies
  • Due Diligence
  • Valuation Analysis
  • Financial/Strategic Planning
  • Agricultural Carbon Indexes and Contracts
  • GHG emissions measurement
  • Emissions monitoring and tracking
  • Mitigation strategy recommendations and assessments
  • Evaluation of GHG reduction technologies

As part of its Carbon Advisory business, GIC has developed two carbon indices for valuing the Carbon Emissions Reductions (CERs) credits and European Union Allowances (EUAs) associated with carbon emissions from agribusiness sectors. These two indices, the GIC Ag CER Index and the GIC Ag EUA Index afford financial investors and agribusiness entities with an independent price discovery instrument that can be traded worldwide. They also afford US food producers and agricultural related sectors with an effective benchmark for valuing their carbon offset potential and/or liabilities in anticipation of a US Cap & Trade scheme.