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Carbon Offsets: Solution or Scam?
Join the Global Returns Project on 25 May 2022 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm BST (10:00am to 11:00am EDT) for a free webinar featuring leading international voices in carbon markets, offsetting initiatives and climate solutions.

Nathaniel Keohane is a senior advisor to the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market, and President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Mark Stevenson is a strategic advisor to governments, NGOs and corporates, helping them face the systems challenges of our time and understand their (changed) role in meeting them. Dr Jose Maria Valenzuela is a Research Fellow at Oxford Net Zero. He works on global and comparative studies on decarbonisation and energy transition, with an emphasis in emerging economies.

Our introductory speaker is Prof Andrew Macintosh, the former Chair of the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee, which oversees the methods used in Australia’s carbon offset scheme, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). He has recently chosen to go public with criticisms of the ERF, labelling it “largely a sham” and calling for significant reforms to restore integrity to the market. His revelations about the problems with the ERF have attracted extensive media and policy interest, both in Australia and elsewhere.

The event will be moderated by Natasha White, a journalist at Bloomberg who has become a leading writer on ESG, offsetting and the effects of the Climate Crisis.

As we grapple with the urgent tone of the IPCC’s latest reports, this event will address one of the most popular market strategies for addressing the Climate Crisis: carbon offsetting initiatives. This panel will discuss the strengths, drawbacks and future of carbon offsetting, including:
• What do carbon offsets do well?
• What are the flaws of existing offsetting initiatives?
• What are important areas that even the best carbon offsetting mechanisms do not address?

May 25, 2022 03:00 PM in London

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Speakers

Nathaniel Keohane
Senior Advisor @Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market
Nathaniel Keohane is a senior advisor to the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market, and President of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). After completing his B.A. at Yale College and Ph.D. at Harvard University, Dr Keohane has worked for over 20 years as an economist with energy and environmental policy experience in academia, government, and the non-profit sector. In 2011-2012, Keohane served as the White House’s Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment in the National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council, helping to shape policy on energy and environmental issues. He previously directed economic policy and analysis at the Environmental Defense Fund, working to enact comprehensive cap-and-trade legislation in Congress. C2ES is widely recognized in the United States and internationally as a leading, independent voice for practical policy and action to address the world’s energy and climate challenges.
Mark Stevenson
Strategic Advisor & ‘Reluctant Futurist’
'Reluctant Futurist’ Mark Stevenson is a strategic advisor to governments, NGOs and corporates, helping them face the systems challenges of our time and understand their (changed) role in meeting them, or dying gracefully if they need to. Though branded a ‘futurist’ by others Mark is more, as one client puts it, ‘Chief Annoying Question Asker'. He helps organisations change the way they feel, think, invest and operate to answer the intertwined questions the future is asking us – on climate change, inequality, the retreat of democracy and the failures of the markets to price risk properly (to name just four). His two bestselling books, ‘An Optimist’s Tour of the Future’ and the award-winning ‘We Do Things Differently’, map out some existing and proven solutions to our current dilemmas. He is Futurist Without Borders for Medicines Sans Frontiers (UK), Global Ambassador for Client Earth and a strategic advisor on peace, security and climate change to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Andrew Macintosh
Professor of Law @Australian National University
Professor Andrew Macintosh is a regulatory and environmental markets expert based at the Australian National University Law School, where he is Director of Research. He is one of Australia’s preeminent experts on environmental policy design and evaluation, particularly the design and administration of environmental markets and certification schemes. He was Chair of the Australian Government’s Domestic Offsets Integrity Committee and Emissions Reduction Assurance Committee between 2013-2020, a member of the Australian Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund Expert Reference Group in 2014, and an Associate Member of the Climate Change Authority in 2015-2016. He is currently a program lead for the Australian Government’s Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Package and National Biodiversity Trading Platform. In 2020, he served as a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (known as the ‘Bushfires Royal Commission’).
Natasha White
ESG reporter @Bloomberg
Natasha White is an ESG reporter at Bloomberg who writes regularly on offsetting initiatives and other business and climate stories. Previously an investigative journalist at Global Witness where she reported on commodities, finance and corruption in Europe and francophone Africa, Natasha is now a leading writer on market-driven attempts to mitigate the effects of the Climate Crisis. Her work has been covered by the Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Le Monde, the BBC, Jeune Afrique and Radio France Internationale, among others.
Dr Jose Maria Valenzuela
Research Fellow @Oxford Net Zero
Dr Jose Maria Valenzuela is a Research Fellow on the governance and standards of carbon neutrality at Oxford Net Zero. He works on global and comparative studies on decarbonisation and energy transition, with an emphasis in emerging economies. He is Doctor in Public Policy from the Blavatnik School of Government with previous studies at El Colegio de Mexico, Tsinghua University, and the University of Chicago. Between 2011 and 2017, he worked for Mexico’s Department of Energy and WWF Mexico. He joined InSIS as a postdoctoral researcher for the Governance and Standards for Carbon Neutrality (GASCONE) programme. In 2021 he was awarded the Giandomenico Majone Prize from the European Consortium for Political Research for his research on expertise and regulation in electricity markets in Europe, China and Latin American. He is also an active member of the Oxford Scenarios Programme and the Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy.