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Successful ICROA side-event at COP 23

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. 

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