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?