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ICROA leads Technical Workshop on voluntary action ahead of World Bank Meeting in Buenos Aires

26 Oct 2018 14:23 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

ICROA was invited to run a one-day workshop on voluntary action on Monday 22nd October 2018, ahead of the 19th Meeting of the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) that took place in Buenos Aires.


Shortly after the publication of our Guidance Report on pathways to increased voluntary action by non-state actors in October 2017, ICROA approached the World Bank with a proposal to create a dedicated programme to develop innovative ideas on how to scale voluntary action under the Paris Agreement.

ICROA and the PMR Secretariat jointly designed this workshop with the purpose of bringing together key Government policymakers and market participants to discuss key issues around promoting voluntary action:  “Voluntary action under the Paris Agreement: its role in raising ambition, mobilizing private sector finance and supporting carbon pricing”


Representatives from 30 countries participated in the event, facilitated by the World Bank and the PMR Secretariat.

The following documents are available on the PMR website:

Session 1. Introduction to voluntary action and the voluntary carbon market

  • Introduction to the voluntary carbon market, Jochen Gassner, First Climate
  • The UNFCCC’s carbon offset platform and the role of voluntary action under the Paris Agreement, Philipp Eyre, UNFCCC
  • Perspectives from a project developer, Ana Aires Carpinteiro, Nexus for Development

Session 2. Voluntary action and the Paris Agreement: how voluntary action works with NDCs

  • Introduction to voluntary action under the Paris Agreement, Jeff Swartz, South Pole Group
  • Voluntary action in Peru and use of offsets, Lorenzo Alejandro Eguren Ciurlizza, Ministry of Environment, Peru
  • Costa Rica’s voluntary carbon program and the role of the private sector, Laura Mora, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Chile Carbon Footprint program and role of domestic offsets, Francisco Dall’Orso, Ministry of Energy, Chile

Session 3: How to design, implement, promote and govern voluntary action

  • The necessary infrastructure for successful voluntary carbon markets, Mary Grady, American Carbon Registry
  • Guiding principles for the design and governance of effective voluntary carbon markets, Jonathan Shopley, Natural Capital Partners
All presentations from ICROA and Governement representatives involved in the Workshop are available on the PMR website and can be accessed here.

Some time was reserved to discuss key questions with Government representatives in the room:

  • What can Parties do to enable and promote voluntary action across the private sector on an international basis?
  • What gaps need to be filled in the governance of voluntary action by the private sector?

Next steps

ICROA is keen to maintain its collaboration with the PMR to further explore how to best design and govern voluntary action in the Countries that participate in the PMR. Future work would lead to a better understanding of how each future pathway presented in the Workshop would work in practice and serve as a way to expand carbon pricing.

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