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Gold Standard at COP24

Gold Standard will be on the ground at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, participating in a broad range of events covering the scope of our work and Gold Standard for the Global Goals – from future proofing carbon markets to operationalizing sustainable development in Article 6 and the potential of blockchain technologies to climate action in supply chains.

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. 

WEEK ONE:

BLOCKCHAIN FOR CORPORATE SUPPLY CHAINS
WWF Pavilion
Sunday 02 Dec 2018
15:00 - 16:30 

With the Climate Ledger Initiative and our partners at WWF, Gold Standard will present how blockchain and other disruptive technologies (e.g. Internet of Things, big data and artificial intelligence) can help mainstream sustainable supply chains and provide trusted, traceable impact data to investors and consumers. 

  • Mark Griffiths, Climate Business Hub, WWF  
  • Juerg Fuessler, INFRAS + Climate Ledger Initiative  
  • Sarah Leugers, Gold Standard + Climate Ledger Initiative  
  • Nick Beglinger, Cleantech21, Hack4Climate + Climate Ledger Initiative 

VALUE CHANGE: CLIMATE-POSITIVE ACTION IN CORPORATE VALUE CHAINS 
WWF Pavilion
Monday 03 Dec 2018
16:30 - 18:00 

The Science Based Targets partners and Gold Standard will present several practical tools to remove barriers to addressing value chain (scope 3) emissions. This session will also profile case studies that demonstrate what is possible -- to help inspire more companies to set and reach ambitious climate targets. 

  • Alex Farsan, Global Lead, Science Based Targets, WWF
  • Ian Trim, Director of Energy, Navigant 
  • Sarah Leugers, Director of Communications, Gold Standard  
  • Flore Augé, Climate Change Strategy Manager, Danone 
  • Matt Spannagle, Carbon and Forest Adviser, Barry Callebaut 

THE POWER OF BLOCKCHAIN FOR CLIMATE ACTION UNDER THE PARIS AGREEMENT
Official UNFCCC side event - Room Warmia
Tuesday 04 Dec 2018
18:30 - 20:00

This side event will launch findings from a research project from the Climate Ledger Initiative (CLI) to help policymakers navigate the opportunities and challenges of using blockchain technology for climate action and implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Moderated by: Sarah Leugers, Gold Standard + Climate Ledger Initiative

  • Heike Summer, Office of the Environment, Liechtenstein  
  • Antonia Sutter, Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Switzerland 
  • Juerg Fuessler, INFRAS + Climate Ledger Initiative  
  • Felipe De León, Consultant to the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Costa Rica 
  • Sven Braden, LIFE Climate Foundation + Climate Ledger Initiative 
  • Nick Beglinger, Cleantech21, Hack4Climate + Climate Ledger Initiative 
  • Alain Patrick Medenou, UNFCCC Secretariat  
  • Kwon Sei-joong, Director General for Climate Change, MOFA Foreign Affairs 

UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL FOR CLIMATE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION ACTION WITH BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY 
EU Pavilion
Wednesday 05 Dec 2018
18:30 - 20:00

Digitization can reduce cost and complexity while increasing trust and transparency, removing barriers to entry for new market participants. This event will provide an overview of the current and potential use of blockchain and other disruptive technologies (e.g. IoT, big data and AI) to unlock resources and finance for climate action – both in mitigation and adaptation. 

  • Juerg Fuessler, INFRAS + Climate Ledger Initiative  
  • Sven Braden, LIFE Climate Foundation + Climate Ledger Initiative 
  • Owen Hewlett, Gold Standard + Climate Ledger Initiative  
  • Cecilia Repinski, Stockholm Green Digital Finance 
  • Maarten van Aalst, Red Cross Climate Centre 
  • Rohan Hamden, XDI Cross-dependency Initiative  
  • Julie Calkins, EIT Climate-KIC  

ENHANCING THE USE OF LAND USE IN CLIMATE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION  
EU Pavilion
Thursday 06 Dec 2018
14:30 - 16:00

This session will highlight the key role that land use activities can and need to play in addressing climate change. Bringing forward solutions such as the new MRV framework recently launched in France that certifies emission reductions and sequestration from agricultural and forestry projects. And new guidelines, published by Gold Standard and its partners, that enable clear and credible accounting for land use emissions in corporate supply chains. 

4th ICROA WORKSHOP ON INCREASED VOLUNTARY ACTION UNDER THE PARIS AGREEMENT
IETA Business Hub
Friday 07 Dec 2018
10:00 - 11:30

The objective of this COP24 workshop is to take a closer look at options to operationalise voluntary action and discuss the notion of a transition period for the voluntary market as Article 6 provisions gradually translate into policies and regulations.

WEEK TWO:

EMERGING GUIDELINES FOR CORPORATE CLIMATE ACTION IN SUPPLY CHAINS
IETA Business Hub - hosted by Mars
Monday 10 Dec 2018
9:30 - 11:00 
Snacks and refreshments included

With nearly 500 companies committing to set science based targets, there are emerging tools and guidelines for accounting for supply chain emissions. Mars, Inc. is hosting a discussion on some of the carbon accounting guidelines and methodologies emerging in the land use and agricultural sector. The goal is to further advance the conversation on addressing gaps and barriers and establishing a more standardised way for companies to manage supply chain emissions.

  • Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Vice President for Sustainability, Mars Incorporated 
  • Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard 
  • Jon Dettling, Global Director, Services + Innovation, Quantis

BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY FOR ENHANCED CLIMATE ACTION
Room Pleniny 
Monday 10 Dec 2018
11:30 - 13:00 

The Climate Chain Coalition (CCC) is an open global initiative that supports multistakeholder collaboration to advance blockchain (e.g. distributed ledger technology) and related digital solutions (e.g. IoT, big data). Joined by a panel of experts, CCC will discuss how their approach is helping to mobilize climate finance for enhanced climate action. 

  • Tom Baumann, Climate Chain Coalition 
  • Massamba Thioye, UNFCCC Secretariat  
  • Miroslav PolzerInternational Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI)
  • Marion Verles, Gold Standard + Climate Ledger Initiative

SOLAR COOKER INTERNATIONAL (SCI) PRESS CONFERENCE 
At the COP24 Venue
Monday 10 Dec 2018
14:00 - 14:30 

Marion will join SCI and REN21 to explore carbon markets and how these could help scale solar cooking solutions for local communities. 

Moderated by: Mike Paparian, SCI Board Member

  • Alan Bigelow, Science Director, Solar Cookers International (SCI)
  • Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard
  • Rana Adib, Executive Secretary, REN21
  • Caitlyn Hughes, SCI Executive Director

CREATING VALUE FROM IMPACT CERTIFICATION OF INVESTMENTS IN CLIMATE ACTION
EIB Benelux Pavilion
Wednesday 12 Dec 2018
11:00 - 13:00 

Investors face growing pressure to invest sustainably and to measure the positive environmental and social impacts of their portfolios. These trends have triggered an increased need for ways to credibly measure the positive impact of investments and their contributions towards the Paris Climate Agreement as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while delivering added value for investors. This event will feature a new certification solution for impact investors under Gold Standard for the Global Goals

Moderated by: Nathalie Roth, Founder and Managing Director, 4Climate

  • Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard
  • Yvo de Boer, Partner, SRI Executive, and former UNFCCC Executive Secretary
  • Felix HermesHead of Private Equity and Sustainable Infrastructure, BlueOrchard  
  • Elvira Lefting, Managing Director, Finance in Motion

WHY STRONG SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROVISIONS ARE GOOD FOR MARKETS 
IETA Business Hub
Wednesday 12 Dec 2018
14:00 - 15:30

Provisions for sustainable development in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement are essential if we are to keep global temperature rises well below 2°C and meet the ambitions set out in the Sustainable Development Goals. Gold Standard and the UNEP DTU Partnership, with support from Belgium, Germany, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, have been in discussions with over 30 different parties. This session puts forward the key recommendations for Article 6.

  • Marion Verles, Gold Standard
  • Karen Holm-Olsen, UNEP-DTU  
  • Thomas Forth, BMUB 
  • Simon Fellermeyer, BAFU
  • Franziska Heidenreichmyclimate foundation

4 PER 1000 INITIATIVE: SOILS FOR FOOD SECURITY AND THE CLIMATE
University of Silesia
Thursday 13 Dec 2018
12:30 - 14:00

In the thematic workshop: Involvement of the private sector in the storage of soil organic carbon and offsetting emissions, Marion and our partners at Danone, will present our latest guidance in terms of quantifying, reducing and reporting on emissions reductions from agricultural supply chains and how it incentivises more ambitious action. 

Media Category: Events
Event Dates: Monday, December 3, 2018-Friday, December 14, 2018