ICROA was in Katowice for COP24, where we held our 4th workshop on increased voluntary action under the Paris Agreement, on Friday 7th December.
ICROA engaged in this programme of workshops with a broad group of stakeholders from the private and public sector a couple of years ago. Together, participants have the opportunity to discuss key questions for the future of the voluntary market under the Paris Agreement and see how to grow the market and raise ambition globally.
This successful 4th edition - moderated by Ana Aires Carpinteiro, ICROA co-Chair and Business Development Director at Nexus for Development - started with an update on ICROA’s evolving thinking since the presentation of our Guidance Report on pathways to increased voluntary action by non-state actors published a year ago shortly before COP23.
Jonathan Shopley (Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners) and Jeff Swartz (Director for Climate Policy & Carbon Markets at South Pole) highlighted the recent evolution of ICROA’s position on future options for maintaining and accelerating voluntary action in a Paris world. Key to this process is to ensure that non-state actors will be in a position to continue to make strong claims after 2020.
For further details, please click here to access the presentation.
These opening remarks from ICROA were followed by 4 interventions from:
- Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer at Gold Standard
- David Antonioli, CEO of Verra
- Nancy Meyer, Director of Corporate Engagement at C2ES
- Wolfgang Obergassel, Project Coordinator at the Wuppertal Institute. Wolfgang presented recent research conducted by the Institute on the contribution of voluntary action to ambition raising. His presentation is available on ICROA’s Voluntary Market Portal and can be accessed here.
A short report on the workshop will be made available shortly.