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Recording available: ICROA Event on the Integrity of Private Sector Voluntary Action & Claims

Updated: Nov 1, 2021

Compensating the unavoidable: a journey to ambitious and impactful action on climate change.


Moderator: Maria Carvalho, South Pole/ICROA


  • VCMI (Mark Kenber, Co-Executive Director of the VCMI Secretariat and TSVCM Board Member)

  • SBTi (Emma Watson, Senior Net Zero Manager)

  • ISO (Ian Byrne, Convener of the WG preparing the Carbon Neutrality standard 14068)

  • WBCSD (James Smith, Director, Natural Climate Solutions)

  • Novartis (Jim Goudreau, Head of Environmental Sustainability External Engagement)

Ever more businesses are publicly committing to science-aligned decarbonization pathways. Their journey is driven by an imperative to transform, which requires a credible plan to deliver verifiable impact now and along the way. Inevitably, curbing today’s unavoidable emissions will take time decades for the vast majority of businesses, making it all the more challenging to reach a balance between emissions and sinks globally by mid-century. This is where carbon finance plays a powerful role in raising ambition through investments beyond the value chain for further mitigation. In practice, responsible credible voluntary offsetting should only complement credible decarbonization, and working out the most impactful carbon management strategy is often not straightforward. Gathering experts from key initiatives in this fast-moving space, this event will shed light on how businesses can leverage offsetting through the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) with integrity through a concrete, action-oriented discussion.

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