Gold Standard at COP23

Gold Standard will be on the ground in Bonn, participating in a broad range of events covering the scope of our work and Gold Standard for the Global Goals – from carbon and renewable energy markets to climate action in supply chains to finance for large-scale development.

Please contact sarah.leugers@goldstandard.org if you would like to set up a meeting at COP.

Be sure to check back to see new events added over the next weeks. 



Decision Metrics for Scaling Climate finance
November 6, 18:00 - 19:30
European Pavilion, Room Tallinn
The Paris Agreement has created a broad consensus for metrics and finance to play the key role for enabling climate action at scale and monitor whether societies are on track. The missing link is not available finance but a lack of metrics to help shift financial flows and a sufficiently large pipeline of bankable green assets into which capital can be invested. Climate KIC is currently supporting a range of projects looking at innovative metrics for scaling up corporate action in climate change – from developing novel metrics for asset managers to creating better transparency of climate information, that allows the right allocation of financial resources to minimise climate risk.
  • Riyong Kim Bakkegaard, Interim Director, Portfolio Manager, Decision Metrics and Finance
  • Nico Fettes, CDP
  • David Lunsford, Carbon Delta
  • Owen Hewlett, Gold Standard
  • Rainer Zah, Quantis
  • Beate Hollweg, German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
  • Stephen Nolan, Sustainable Nation Ireland
Future-proofing voluntary carbon projects post-2020

November 8, 9:30 - 11:00
IETA Business Hub

The voluntary carbon market has played a significant role in delivering climate action at scale, raising corporate climate ambition over 10+ years. As commitments under the Paris Agreement fall short of limiting temperature rises to ‘well below 2°C,’ voluntary climate action can and must help bridge the ambition gap. Yet the voluntary carbon market and its projects on the ground face challenges to adapt to the new paradigm posed by the Paris Agreement, specifically to manage risks of double counting and ensure environmental integrity. This side event will explore solutions to future-proof voluntary carbon markets by assessing and managing the double counting risk.

  • Malin Ahlberg, European Climate and Energy Policy and New Market Mechanisms, BMUB
  • Owen Hewlett, Gold Standard
  • Stefan Baumeister, myclimate Germany
  • Timothy Mealey, Meridian Institute
  • Aki Kachi, Carbon Market Watch 
  • Simon Henry, ICROA

Operationalising co-benefits in carbon market mechanisms - opportunities and challenges

November 9, 17:00 - 18:00
German Pavilion

This event will explore the barriers and solutions for operationalizing co-benefits in carbon market mechanisms. Gold Standard will share considerations for best practice in ensuring safeguards and quantifying benefits toward the Sustainable Development Goals.  



  • Frank Wolke, Head of the Department for International Climate Protection Projects at the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt), German Federal Environment Agency 

  • Matthias Krey, Senior Advisor, Perspectives  

  • Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer, Gold Standard 

Guangdong’s Action in Combating Climate Change

November 10, 15:45 - 16:45
China Corner

This side event intends to introduce the progress in Guangdong’s low-carbon development policy making and actions, demonstrate the outstanding achievements from provincial-level transformation and upgrading in China, as well as from green and low-carbon development. As the largest economy in China, Guangdong advances in combating climate change and low carbon development field, including establishing the first provincial Carbon Market, exploring green finance, developing “Tan Pu Hui” Scheme, and advancing research and application of low-carbon technology, such as Near-Zero Carbon projects and CCUS projects. During this side event, advanced experiences and achievements will be shared and future work plans will be discussed. This event is hosted by Guangdong DRC, and jointly hosted by China Emissions Exchange(Guangzhou), CEPREI(Guangzhou), China Quality Certification Centre Guangzhou Branch and Guangdong CCUS Centre.
FROM ACTION TO TRANSACTION: Unlocking deal flow for subnational portfolio of low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects

November 14, 11:00 - 12:15
Bonn at Kameha Grand

This side event will outline the whole R20 - BlueOrchard value chain for green infrastructure projects identification, structuring, bankability, investing and reporting. Organised by Blue Orchard Impact Investment Managers, R20 Regions of Climate Action, and World Climate Limited.  Partners include the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation, ICLEI, the Sustainable Infrastructure Foundation, Gold Standard, and others. 

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California, R20 founding chair
  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC
IRENA Coaltion for Action event: Renewable energy market instruments to accelerate the RE transition and deliver impact to the SDGs

November 14, 15:30 - 16:30
IRENA Pavilion

The private sector can play a large role in helping drive the transition towards 100% renewables. Building on 15 years experience ensuring environmental integrity and sustainable development in carbon markets, Gold Standard has launched a new label for renewable energy attributes certificates. This instrument was developed to ensure a just and sustainable energy transition with special emphasis on social and environmental safeguards as well as stakeholder inclusivity, which are seldom taken into consideration by corporate buyers of renewable energy. This event will discuss the impetus for developing this label, how it can allow renewable markets to help accelerate the transition to renewable energy by adding new renewable capacity to grids around the world.
  • Alberto Carrillo, Director, Science Based Targets and Renewable Energy Procurement, CDP: The role of corporates in helping accelerate the transition towards 100% renewables
  • Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard: Value of a RE label to ensure a just and sustainable energy transition
  • Renat Heuberger, CEO, South Pole Group: The business case for investing in premium renewable energy instruments
Fairtrade – your partner for addressing climate change risks within your business

November 15, 17:00 - 20:00
With presentations by Fairtrade International, the Global Nature Fund, Gold Standard, DP-DHL, and the Fair Climate Fund.
By invitation only. Contact sandra.genee@goldstandard.org if you are interested in attending.
Media Category: Events
Event Dates: Monday, November 6, 2017-Saturday, November 18, 2017