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With Climate Week NYC starting next week and other upcoming online events, we are pleased to inform you of some of our activities.

GrowToZero: How carbon offsetting reduces global emissions and creates value for business and society

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
11:00-12:00 EDT / 17:00-18:00 CEST

Scientists and environmentalists are agreed on the urgent need for private sector action to avoid a climate disaster. There is now clarity from the Science Based Targets initiative on how companies should decarbonise. This event is about the best ways for businesses to take responsibility for their full climate impact along their decarbonisation journey by investing in emission reductions beyond their boundaries.

–  Sarah Leugers, Gold Standard
The need for private sector finance and how carbon offsetting can serve as an effective tool for climate mitigation and broader SDG impact 

–  Brad Schallert, WWF
How carbon offsetting fits into a corporate climate strategy and new guidance to help business assess carbon credits 

Moderated discussion with companies 

Peggy Brannigan, Senior Program Manager, Global Environmental Sustainability, LinkedIn 
– Peter Dering, CEO, Peak Design 

Audience Q&A


Corporate sustainability reporting in context of SDGs and relevance to MRV in Article 6

Tuesday, 22 September 2020
15:00-16:15 CEST

Gold Standard is moderating a session hosted by the Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI) on carbon markets beyond GHG mitigation and the importance of Sustainable Development in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

MODERATOR Owen Hewlett, Gold Standard


– Karen Holm Olsen, UNEP-DTU
Introducing the Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI) 

Sven Braden, SDI
Views on Sustainable Development provisions in the Article 6 rulebook drafts

Hanna Thorsteinsdottir, UNEP
Corporate sustainability reporting in context of SDG indicator 12.6.1

Juan Pedro Searle, Ministry of Energy, Chile
Reflections on Sustainable Development during COP25 by the COP Presidency 

David Hyne, Cabinet Office, UK (TBC)
Outlook for COP26 by the incoming Presidency 

Eastern Africa carbon market engagement:
Regional foundations for Article 6 implementation

Gold Standard will participate in a series of virtual dialogues hosted by GIZ Global Carbon Markets Programme that assess the potential of the global carbon market and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement for carbon project developers in East Africa.

SESSION II – Key features of the Paris Agreement and NDCs

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
14:00-16:00 CEST

The ‘Implications for the voluntary carbon market’ session from 15:00 to 15:55 will explore the key trends and the implications of NDCs/Article 6 rules on voluntary carbon market projects. Gold Standard will present the Transition Framework it’s working on with support from BMU, providing guidance on practical steps that can be taken in relation to the transition, future eligibility of key activity types and the treatment of corresponding adjustments.

SESSION III – Piloting Article 6

Friday, 25 September 2020
10:00-11:00 CEST
Gold Standard will provide examples of how its working with different countries to use markets in the context of their NDCs and how its developing good practice guidance for those markets.

German Emissions Trading Working Group:
Working group on international carbon pricing and carbon markets (UAG4)

Thursday, 24 September 2020
13:00-17:00 CEST

Gold Standard will participate in a session hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) to discuss international carbon pricing and carbon markets.

In the context of carbon neutrality and the role of voluntary compensation, Gold Standard will present its policy positions on voluntary carbon markets post-2020, including the role of corresponding adjustments, project type eligibility, and other requirements.

LCFS & Carbon Markets Workshop 

16-20 November 2020
Hosted by OPIS by IHS Markit

Carbon markets have been dynamic for years, but 2020 is proving to be extremely turbulent to navigate due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Market uncertainty has prevailed since March, when the global economic crash unpredictably affected carbon allowance pricing, emissions levels and rule-making for programs.

Owen Hewlett will share insights on the future of the voluntary carbon market, including key opportunities for growth, how claims are expected to evolve, the role of carbon removals and broader nature-based solutions.


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