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  • 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.

  • 31 May 2018 17:46 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 | Anonymous

    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.

  • 23 Feb 2018 05:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ICROA is pleased to welcome Vertis as a new member company. 

    Established in 1998, Vertis Environmental Finance was one of the first companies in the world to be involved in the carbon markets as pioneer of the Kyoto Protocol’s Joint Implementation projects, helping companies to finance emission reduction investments. Vertis’ mission is to inspire and empower businesses to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

    In the last 20 years, Vertis helped over 1,000 clients plan and execute their compliance strategies, contributed to the reduction of 20 million tons of CO2 and opened four offices across Europe. Vertis' services are currently centered around emission allowances and green certificates trading, climate finance, voluntary carbon offsetting and sustainable energy.

    "It shouldn’t stop with compliance. We want to help our clients realize that there is more to do, we want them to go beyond compliance and believe that THEY CAN make a difference, now. Because tomorrow’s legacy is today’s problem”, said James Atkins, Chairman of Vertis.

  • 31 Jan 2018 05:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gérald Maradan has become the new co-chair of ICROA. He takes over the position from Jochen Gassner of First Climate after his two year tenure finished at the end of 2017.  

    Gérald is a well-known expert in climate and carbon strategies for companies and territories. He founded EcoAct in 2005 and has accompanied many groups in implementing their carbon neutrality policies. He has coordinated more than 100 consulting missions and participated in the development of more than 25 carbon offsetting programs (biomass, wind, methanisation, hydroelectricity, heat recovery, energy efficiency, REDD+).

    Chair of ICROA in 2013 & 2014, Gérald has been a lecturer at the University of Paris Sorbonne, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. Physicist and engineer by training, he also received an MBA from HEC Paris.

    Gérald is the co-founder of the NGO Entrepreneurs for Life, which supports innovative social entrepreneurs with the aim of reducing poverty.

  • 15 Nov 2017 13:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On Friday 10th November ICROA hosted a roundtable event at COP 23 as part of our two-year work programme on how to scale voluntary action under the Paris Agreement. We had a great turnout for the event, indicating the growing interest and recognition that if the Paris Agreement’s objectives are to be met, voluntary action must play the fullest role possible. A list of the registered attendees from the event can be downloaded here.

    The session started with a presentation from Simon Henry on ICROA’s new guidance report on ‘Pathways to increased voluntary action by non-state actors’. The session then moved in to a moderated discussion covering two broad topics, with short interventions from the following contributors to kick off the discussion.

    What incentives and reporting frameworks are needed to scale voluntary action to the levels necessary to start closing the ambition gap in the Paris Agreement?

    • Alberto Carrillo Pineda: Director Science Based Targets & RE100 at CDP
    • Noam Boussidan: Project Lead, Climate Change Initiatives at the World Economic Forum

    What measures, infrastructure and governance are needed to enable the finance and supply of mitigation and SDG outcomes in a post-Paris world?

    • Rajesh Sethi: Manager, UNFCCC & Secretary to CDM Executive Board & JISC
    • Renat Heuberger: CEO, South Pole Group

    These questions led to some lively debate and ICROA will soon publish a brief report from the event, summarising the discussion. However, for voluntary action to play a material role in closing the missions gap, it was clear that the market needs to be aligned on technical aspects of supply going forward and our messaging needs to be clear and simple.

    ICROA’s work programme on this topic will continue in 2018 with our next event to be held at Innovate4Climate in Frankfurt between 22nd and 24th May. 

  • 01 Nov 2017 19:31 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ICROA is in the final stage of preparations for COP23 in Bonn, starting on 6 November and running through 17 November. Voluntary action will be high on the agenda for this year’s event as negotiators and Parties work towards key events in 2018, including the first Facilitative Dialogue and a decision text on the Article 6 rule book. Meanwhile, new research has shown that the annual increase in CO2 emissions in 2016 was 50% higher than the average of the past 10 years, and the new UNEP Emissions Gap report shows the gap between the NDCs and the reductions required to keep temperature rise below 2°C is bigger than ever. This highlights the urgent need for all stakeholders to rapidly scale ambition. 

    ICROA’s work programme on securing a role for voluntary action in a post-Paris world continues at COP23 with the second in our series of workshops. This will take place on Friday 10th November in the IETA Business Hub. To support this invitation-only event, we recently published our guidance report ‘Pathways to increased voluntary action by non-state actors’. This document will be the basis for discussion during our side event.

    In addition, ICROA Programme Director Simon Henry will also be participating on the following panel sessions:

    Fostering Innovation to Help Implement the SDGs – Case Study from the Pacific Islands
    November 7, 14:30 - 16:00
    IETA Business Hub

    Future-Proofing Voluntary Carbon Projects Post-2020
    Download the event flyer here
    November 8, 9:30 - 11:00
    IETA Business Hub

    Five Years of Experiences Gained from the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) - Lessons Learned and Way Forward
    November 8, 17:00 - 18:30
    IETA Business Hub

    As usual, IETA will be hosting a variety side events in our Business Hub. The draft programme of events can be accessed here, and our COP23 Practical Tips & Tricks, with details of how to find the IETA Business Hub, are available here.
  • 24 Oct 2017 13:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Paris Agreement presents an opportunity for accelerated and deeper voluntary action by the private sector to complement state action and close the ambition gap. ICROA has developed guidance which sets out pathways to achieve this, which can be supported and actioned by Parties and the private sector alike. To help inform this guidance, we have conducted targeted consultation with selected stakeholders, including the UNFCCC, Parties, independents standards and civil society.

    This is part of an ICROA programme of work to secure a role for voluntary action in a post-Paris world. It builds on a first workshop we hosted in May 2017 with a broad range of stakeholders, and will serve as the basis for discussion for our second workshop, to be held at COP 23.

    The guidance describes three potential models for the future framework of the voluntary carbon market, operating in parallel to each other and accommodating the variability in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and the provisions set out in the Paris Agreement:

    • Non-NDC crediting model: Credits are generated from sectors which are not currently part of a host country’s NDC
    • Financing Emission Reductions model: Emission reductions are financed by non-state actors and contribute to the host country’s NDC
    • NDC crediting model: Emission mitigation units generated under the Paris Agreement's article 6.4 mechanism are voluntarily purchased and retired by non-state actors

    ICROA is calling for an ‘open architecture’ approach to article 6.4 to allow independent standards to be accredited under the mechanism. We also propose the development of an international voluntary market account, as a central data repository to bring transparency to voluntary action across the private sector.

    Whilst there is clear desire for international action on climate change, the emission reductions pledged through the NDCs are insufficient to hold the increase in the global average temperatureto below 2°C above pre-industrial levels – the primary objective of the Paris Agreement. To help close this ambition gap it is vital that voluntary action plays the fullest role possible.

    To achieve this, it is important that the differences between regulated and voluntary action are recognised and addressed, notably that; voluntary action scales when the rewards to those taking action are explicit and meaningful, and that voluntary action needs to be measured, reported and verified in order to deliver environmental integrity, which is of paramount concern to those taking action. To inform and ensure alignment between the emerging arrangements under the Paris Agreement, we offer the following four guiding principles for voluntary action.

    1. It should be complementary to policy and regulation under the Paris Agreement focused on raising ambition
    2. It needs to be encouraged, recognised and rewarded to realise its full potential
    3. It must be reported openly & transparently to ensure the highest possible standards of integrity
    4. It needs sound governance, particularly because it operates outside of compliance systems

    The guidance can be accessed here. It will serve as a basis for discussion in the second in our series of workshops on scaling voluntary action under the Paris Agreement. This event will be held at COP23 in Bonn on Friday 10th November 2017. For more details, please click here.

  • 20 Oct 2017 13:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On October 10th, ICROA Programme Director Simon Henry participated in a workshop organised by the Josoor Institute, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and IETA Member Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD). 

    The Workshop provided decision makers with the background fundamentals of climate science, the importance of carbon neutrality and practical tools to achieve it.

    Simon raised awareness, highlighted the various drivers & benefits of offsetting, and presented ICROA Members’ experience in providing carbon neutrality services for major sporting events, conferences and summits. Simon emphasized the leadership role of voluntary action as a way to increase global ambition under the Paris Agreement and the wish for IETA and ICROA to engage more actively in the MENA region. The presentation is available here and the GORD press release from the workshop can be accessed here

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