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  • 22 May 2017 14:00 | Anonymous

    In the past 15 years, the voluntary market has helped raise ambition, mobilise private sector finance and build momentum around emissions mitigation. These experiences will prove valuable in helping to deliver the objectives of the Paris Agreement. At the same time, the entry into force of the Agreement will create opportunities for increased voluntary action, but will also raise important questions. For instance, is the concept of offsetting is still fit for purpose and practicable under the Paris Agreement, and does offsetting have different roles to play in different types of NDCs? To help answer these questions and others, ICROA is hosting a roundtable workshop with voluntary market stakeholders and national governments. The aim of this workshop will be conduct an in-depth exploration of these key questions and topics in order to start developing collaborative solutions amongst an engaged group of voluntary market stakeholders.

    Confirmed speakers for the event include:

    • Glen Murray: Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
    • Marion Verles: CEO, Gold Standard Foundation
    • James Grabert: Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC
    • Andrew Howard: Director, Koru Climate
    • Mahlin Ahlberg: Senior Policy Advisor, German Ministry of Environment

    For further information about the event, download the workshop flyer here, and register for the event here.

  • 22 Mar 2017 19:02 | Anonymous

    On 22nd March, ICROA Programme Director Simon Henry moderated a panel session at the RECs Market Meeting 2017 in Amsterdam. The panel session discussed the overlap between the voluntary offset and voluntary RECs markets. As an increasing number of companies take on voluntary action around climate change, and have an increasing choice of market mechanisms to help them, this session discussed how better knowledge sharing can help both markets grow whilst maintaining environmental integrity. 

    Simon was joined on the panel by Meinrad Burer, Director of Research & Development at EcoAct (and an ICROA member) and Aron Simon, Senior Originator Statkraft, (and an IETA member)

  • 16 Mar 2017 14:36 | Anonymous

    ICROA is pleased to welcome VNV Advisory as its first Indian member company. Based in Bangalore, VNV Advisory work with the community for a large number of projects, which have contributed substantially to the global fight on climate change as well as aided in providing a better way of life for over a half a million households in developing and under developed countries. They also engage with businesses to address issues of social responsibility and environmental sustainability. 

    VNV Advisory help organizations seeking to develop a S.M.A.R.T (Strategic. Measurable. Achievable. Reliable. Tangible) sustainability agenda. VNV promotes the idea of reporting and transparency, and has been at the forefront of the sustainability space in India.

    Sandeep Roy Choudhury, Head Origination – Carbon and Sustainability says "We're pleased to join ICROA and demonstrate our commitment to best practice carbon management. We look forward to working with the alliance and other members on deepening our network in the international carbon space and hope to make some meaningful contributions to further the development of voluntary environmental markets globally."

  • 15 Mar 2017 16:16 | Anonymous

    The entry into force of the Paris Agreement presents opportunities for increased voluntary action, and it also raises important questions for the voluntary market, due to the very different nature of the Kyoto Protocol under which the voluntary market developed. The transition from one agreement to the other therefore raises important questions such as:

    1. What options exist under the Paris Agreement to promote voluntary action?
    2. How can the Paris Agreement rule book enable those options in ways that prevent double counting, respect environmental integrity, promote sustainable development, and enable the flow of private sector capital in support of mitigation and adaptation
    3. How can Article 6 provisions be developed to provide an enabling framework for voluntary action?

    ICROA has released a white paper on “Scaling Voluntary Action within the Framework of the Paris Agreement”. This sets out the opportunities and challenges facing the voluntary market, and presents ICROA’s initial thoughts on addressing these important questions

    Click here to download the white paper.
  • 21 Feb 2017 14:17 | Anonymous

    Ana Aires Carpinteiro has become the new co-chair of ICROA. She takes over the position from Rob Stevens of ClimateCare after his two year tenure finished at the end of 2016.

    Ana is the Director of Partnerships and Communications at Nexus, based in Singapore and Cambodia. In this role she leads the work on international business development and sales of the carbon credits portfolio. The team supports corporates in addressing climate-change impacts and development challenges, whilst driving funding to low-carbon development projects and social enterprises. 

    Before joining Nexus, Ana worked as a sustainability consultant and a project manager, helping businesses become more efficient and competitive by making smart sustainable choices. She has worked in environmental sustainability all her career, both in the private and public sectors, as well as with not-for-profit organisations. 

  • 13 Feb 2017 13:00 | Anonymous

    This week, IETA and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) kick off a global series of workshops, starting in Nairobi on 14th February. The aim of the workshops is to help airlines prepare for the start of the Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) in 2021. The workshops will focus on sharing best practices and lessons learned on carbon markets and MRV compliance from IETA members directly with IATA member company airlines and aircraft operators.

    To assist in these discussions, ICROA has released a flyer on the experiences from the voluntary carbon market in helping airlines reduce and offset their aviation emissions. There are nearly 50 airlines worldwide that are currently involved in voluntary offsetting and ICROA members have actively supported a number of them in the design and operation of offsetting schemes, and in the selection of emissions reduction projects and retirement of carbon credits. 

    ICROA welcomes the ICAO commitment to achieving carbon neutral growth from 2020 and we look forward to assisting in the design and delivery of CORSIA. 

  • 16 Dec 2016 12:56 | Anonymous

    IETA/ICROA will be speaking in the workshop “Clean Energy Future: Carbon emissions – transitioning to net zero” at Ethical Corporation's Responsible Business Summit Europe (London, 7-8 June 2017). It is Europe’s leading business conference focusing on the latest in sustainability, communications and governance. The 2017 event is bringing 500+ innovative and inspiring companies in responsible business to London, with a focus on ‘Social Purpose and quantified Impact’.

    As a supporting partner, all IETA/ICROA members are eligible for a £200 discount on the price of a pass to the summit. Please contact ICROA Programme Director Simon Henry for details of how to claim this discount. 

    The ‘Social Purpose and Impact’ focused agenda of the Summit will cover:

    1. The end of CSR and the dawn of the Social Purpose Era: Understanding how the landscape is changing, what opportunities that align commercial and financial goals with macro societal need presents and strides required for real, positive change to result
    2. Social purpose and Impact: Using the right data to mitigate risks, measure social and environmental impact, deliver trust and positive social transformation to ensure your licence to operate
    3. Building and communicating the underlying case: Understanding your stakeholders’ agendas and finding the shared goals to co-creating alliances and coalitions with impact front of mind

     To see further details of the event, download a brochure here

  • 25 Nov 2016 12:00 | Anonymous

    ICROA hosted a side event on the future of the voluntary market at COP 22 in Marrakech.  The session discussed how the introduction of the Paris Agreement brings both risks and opportunities to the voluntary market. It outlined what new approaches might be needed for the voluntary market to continue remain effective post 2020 and how voluntary offsetting can continue to add value and impact under the Paris Agreement.

    The panel consisted of the following participants:

    • Jonathan Shopley (moderator): Managing Director, Natural Capital Partners
    • Simon Henry: ICROA Programme Director
    • Andrea Abrahams: Global Director, BP Target Neutral
    • Joe Pryor: Director, Carbon Markets and Bilateral Partnerships, International Climate Change Branch, Australian Department of the Environment and Energy
    • James Grabert: Coordinator of Sustainable Development Mechanism Programme, UNFCCC
    • Jochen Gassner: Executive Board Member, First Climate and ICROA co-chair
    The slides from Simon's presentation can be accessed here, and the slides from Joe's presentation can be accessed here
  • 15 Nov 2016 16:18 | Anonymous

    On 15th November, ICROA Programme Director Simon Henry discussed Insetting at a Climate Club event organised by Eco Act in Marrakech. 

    Simon presented ICROA's work insetting, outlining the definition of the term and what constitutes best practice. He was joined on the panel by Marion Verles from Gold Standard and French MP François-Michel Lambert. 

                

  • 27 Oct 2016 15:26 | Anonymous

    Ana Aires Carpinteiro represented Nexus and ICROA at the 2016 edition of Eco Expo Asia in Hong Kong. With over 12,000 attendees, it is the number one event for environmental protection in Asia and a specialized and professional marketing platform for manufacturers and suppliers of environmental goods and services. 

    Ana participated in an Air and Water Quality side event and gave a presentation on "Carbon reductions supporting the Sustainable Development Goals: Case studies on Air & Water Quality outcomes". 

    The slides from Ana's presentation can be accessed here

       


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