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  • 18 Jul 2019 19:45 | Anonymous

    ICROA is pleased to welcome Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited as a new member organisation. 

    Established as a limited company in 2011, Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited has been the leading provider of environmental certification in New Zealand since 2001 as part of its parent company, Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research.

    Its programmes have ensured that New Zealand companies are benefiting from international best practice, applied science, and effective tools. As a subsidiary of Crown Research Institute, Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, Enviro-Mark Solutions is government owned.

    Though developed for New Zealand business needs, Enviro-Mark Solutions’ certification programmes currently serve over 400 clients worldwide.

    "Enviro-Mark Solutions is delighted to join the international community setting the standards for voluntary offsetting and to have access to the best practice and expertise that ICROA represents", said Dr Ann Smith, CEO of  Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited

    Enviro-Mark Solutions Limited is based in Lincoln, New-Zealand.

  • 10 Jul 2019 19:08 | Anonymous

    ICROA is pleased to welcome the Arbor Day Foundation as a new member organization. 

    The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is simple: inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. With more than 1 million individual members and corporate partners, more than 350 million trees planted, and a global network of dedicated programmatic partners, the Foundation is the largest nonprofit conservation and education organization dedicated to planting trees. The Foundation accomplishes its impact through several urban forestry, natural forest restoration, disaster recovery, and tree/forest educational and recognition programs such as Community Tree Recovery, Rain Forest Rescue®, and Tree City USA®.

    Specific to the voluntary carbon market, the Foundation specializes in scaling up verified forestry carbon credit projects via reforestation/afforestation. Additionally, it partners with forestry experts who share the same vision and values — including IETA and ICROA members — to craft complete forestry carbon credit portfolios that include avoided conversion (REDD+), improved forest management, and other emerging market-based solutions.

    The Arbor Day Foundation’s vision is to be a leader in creating worldwide recognition and use of trees as a solution complex local and global issues such as reversing climate change, improving water and air quality, stabilizing soil, creating high-quality jobs, and restoring ecosystems. We are excited to be a member of ICROA, a network that shares our vision and understands the role natural climate solutions like reforestation play in removing carbon from the atmosphere. Becoming a member allows us to join forces with leading organizations working to shape future carbon markets and meet targeted goals such as the Paris Agreement. This is a tremendous opportunity to expand our networks, build more dynamic partnerships at a global scale, and create an economy that is in balance with nature and people”, said Jeremy Manion – Carbon Development Manager at the Foundation.

    The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report (SR15) finds that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will require “rapid and far-reaching” transitions in land use, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities. Avoiding additional carbon emissions is critical. However, if the ultimate goal is to rebalance the global carbon cycle, this will require taking as much carbon out of the atmosphere as humans put into it. Unless there is a technological breakthrough, natural climate solutions — forests, agriculture, and wetlands — continue to be the only proven way to do that on scale.

    The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) states that natural climate solutions are climate action strategies that are immediately available, scalable, cost-effective, and can transform the forestry and agricultural sectors of the global economy. Natural climate solutions include strategies for protecting and restoring ecosystems and improving the management of working lands to avoid carbon emissions and activate carbon storage. Along with existing clean energy and other decarbonization innovations, natural climate solutions are essential pathways to stabilize and reverse climate change.

    No silver-bullet solution exists for climate change, and we cannot forget about nature’s role in the total solution. Based on this data and science, the Foundation and its partners believe the time for trees is now.

    The Arbor Day Foundation is based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

  • 30 May 2019 19:13 | Anonymous

    ICROA and IETA will be present in Singapore for Innovate4Climate, on June 4-7 2019. On Friday 7 June from 9:30 to 10:30, ICROA will hold a workshop on scaling voluntary action across the private sector beyond 2020, organized jointly with EcoAct and South Pole.

    The workshop will highlight how the voluntary carbon market can thrive under the new architecture of the Paris Agreement. It will explore how voluntary climate action across the private sector can catalyze investments going beyond NDC pledges, to help close the ambition, finance and time gaps.

    This event will be moderated by Jochen Gassner, CEO of First Climate Markets.

    Speakers will include:

    • Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole
    • Mathilde Mignot, Portfolio Manager, EcoAct
    • Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer, Gold Standard Foundation
    • Sandeep Roy Choudhury, Head of Origination at VNV Advisory and ICROA Co-Chair


    The session will first highlight the growing leadership and interest from non-state actors to achieve their long term carbon neutrality goals, through the lens of project developers. It will then explore how voluntary action across the private sector can be scaled beyond 2020.

    Some time will be allocated to a general discussion to ensure an interactive participation from the audience.

    We look forward to seeing you in Singapore. For more information on Innovate4Climate, click here to access the agenda.

  • 22 Apr 2019 16:17 | Anonymous

    On April 16th, as part of IETA’s first European Climate Summit in Lisbon, ICROA held an event to explore ways in which offsetting currently intersects and blends with compliance and voluntary frameworks around the world. The session discussed how from pure voluntary action, through voluntary action combined with compliance, through to full compliance at scale, resilient carbon markets have the power to unlock potential and maximize mitigation.

    The event was moderated by Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners. Speakers included:

    • Jos Delbeke, Senior Adviser, European Political Strategy Centre
    • Jos Cozijnsen, Carbon Specialist, Climate Neutral Group
    • Maria Carvalho, Senior Consultant, Climate Policy & Carbon Pricing, South Pole
    • Emilie Alberola, Director of Research and Innovation, EcoAct
    • Edward Hanrahan, CEO, ClimateCare
    • Karl Vella, Climate Policy Manager, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

    In his introduction, Jonathan Shopley underlined the great momentum across the private sector to move towards net-zero emissions in support of greater global climate action. He mentioned how examples around the world reveal that offsetting increasingly intersects and blends with compliance and voluntary frameworks, providing flexibility and galvanizing further ambition. 

    In a short keynote, Jos Delbeke stated that offsetting by non-state actors should be celebrated as a tool to catalyze and provide critical finance to projects that would otherwise not see the light of day.

    Building up on this statement, Jos Cozijnsen and Maria Carvalho highlighted through case studies in South America and South Africa how carbon credits deliver ambition as key components of local climate regulations. Looking at Europe, Emilie Alberola and Edward Hanrahan described how newly designed domestic frameworks in France and the UK act as climate leadership enablers by encouraging voluntary private sector investments in land use, agriculture and transportation.

    Last but not least – looking beyond domestic frameworks – Karl Vella underscored how major private sector organizations are looking to pool their efforts and increase investments in natural climate solutions in an attempt to provide a response at scale, focused on preserving and reinforcing the role natural carbon sinks. 

    IETA and ICROA prepared a summary of the main highlights from the Summit, which you can find here.

  • 29 Jan 2019 11:49 | Deleted user

    Sandeep Roy Choudhury has become the new co-chair of ICROA. He takes over the position from Ana Aires Carpinteiro of Nexus for Development after her two-year tenure which ended in December 2018. 

    Sandeep is a co-founder at VNV Advisory Services, a social enterprise working with communities & climate change. He is also a director at "Carbon Initiative forum", a non-profit working on climate change awareness. He heads VNV’s ownership on low carbon social development projects such as sustainable agriculture, social forestry, clean cooking, rural energy access and waste management. His work encompasses over 4 million rural households across the South Asia region and over 40 NGOs and implementation partners. He has worked in the carbon markets for over a decade and has extensive experience with Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Voluntary Carbon Reduction (VCR) projects worldwide. He has recently been working with multiple stakeholders for the development of domestic carbon markets across Asia.

    He plays an advisory role to over 100 companies and non-profits for sustainability and climate related affairs. He also holds positions in the board of multiple NGOs across the South Asia region.  Sandeep has over 15 years of industry experience in various fields, with 6 years dedicated to the consulting business. He has a degree in electronics and is a certified auditor for various sustainability standards such as the forest stewardship council and is a certified sustainability assessor by the Confederation of Indian Industries. He also has a fellowship from Salzburg Global.

  • 12 Dec 2018 18:40 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 26 Oct 2018 14:23 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 31 May 2018 17:46 | Anonymous

    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.

    A report from the event is available 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 participants 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.

    A fourth ICROA workshop is scheduled for December 2018, during COP24 in Katowice.

  • 17 Apr 2018 20:46 | Anonymous

    Leadership is a key reason for corporates to take voluntary action on climate change. This is a theme we want to explore further, and ICROA recently adopted its new tagline: ‘Enabling Climate Leadership'. 

    In order to turn this tagline into content, ICROA commissioned an article to demonstrate the link between climate leadership and the voluntary carbon market.

    Mark Nicholls, independent journalist and former editor of Environmental Finance, conducted a series of interviews with both prominent climate leaders and representatives from climate initiatives.

    His article, published in GreenBiz, explores the theme of climate leadership and highlights the key role that voluntary offsetting can play in raising ambition.

    To access the article, click here.

  • 12 Apr 2018 16:36 | Deleted user

    IETA is offering an exciting opportunity for a six-month internship based in our head office in Geneva. 

    The internship will span across work programmes for Land Use & REDD+, Aviation (CORSIA) and the International Carbon Reduction & Offset Alliance (ICROA), supporting a variety of working groups, events and activities. This internship will contribute to the strategic success of IETA’s programmes including policy work, research, communications, operations and events. The Intern will gain exposure to IETA’s global engagements working with the IETA global policy team in Brussels, Beijing, London, Washington DC and Toronto.  

    The successful candidate will have experience and/or an educational background in climate change policy, corporate carbon management and market solutions, along with strong demonstrable communication and facilitation skills.

    This is an opportunity to contribute to a highly respected and impactful programme, working to support global climate efforts. 

    Further details on this opportunity can be found here.

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