On Wednesday 23rd May, ICROA held its third roundtable event during Innovate4Climate, in Frankfurt. Representatives from governments, development banks, the UNFCCC, NGOs, academia, consultancies and market participants gathered at this Forum to discuss options to increase voluntary action under the Paris Agreement. A list of attendees can be accessed here.
The purpose and objective of this Forum was threefold: get an update on initiatives enabling voluntary action under the Paris Agreement, identify requirements for resilient growth and impact, and establish a platform for information sharing and collaboration.
The event moderated by Jonathan Shopley (Natural Capital Partners) and Ana Aires Carpinteiro (Nexus for Development) started with three scene-setting interventions, before moving into a roundtable discussion with all participants.
Enabling architecture: What are the most important requirements of Article 6 and NDC development required to enable voluntary action to flourish?
- Frank Wolke: Head, Emissions Reduction Projects section, German Environment Agency (UBA)
- Jeff Swartz: Director Climate Policy & Carbon Markets, South Pole Group
Delivering emission reductions: What are the most important requirements to enable supply?
- Philipp Hauser: Board Member, Project Developer Forum
- Jochen Gassner: CEO, First Climate
Scaling voluntary action: What are the most important requirements to scale demand?
- David Antonioli: CEO, Verra
- Edward Hanrahan: CEO, ClimateCare
These interventions led to a conversation among all particpants and concluded with the launch of a voluntary market portal on the ICROA website, where participants were invited to put forward their views on ways to scale voluntary action post-2020. This space intends to be a neutral repository for ongoing research conducted by leading organisations, including academia, governments, NGOs, voluntary market participants, etc. This portal can be accessed here.
ICROA will soon publish a report from the event, where the Chatham House rule was observed. A fourth ICROA workshop is scheduled for December 2018, during COP24 in Katowice.