Are you traveling to COP24 in Katowice? If so, please make sure to connect with our team! David Antonioli, Naomi Swickard, Sam Hoffer, Sinclair Vincent, and Victoria Novikova will be attending.

To learn more about what we are doing at the COP, we have created this page that lists what events we will be attending in Katowice. We will be posting new information to this page regularly, so please make sure to come back and check for updates.


ICAT Country Experiences with the Development of Enhanced Transparency Frameworks

Date: Tuesday, 4 December
Time: 18:30-20:00
Venue: Wisla

The Paris Agreement marks a historic turning point in global climate action, committing all countries to contribute to limiting global temperature rise and adapting to changes already occurring, and to regularly increase efforts over time. The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) helps countries build effective measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems to assess the impacts of their climate policies and actions, and support greater transparency, effectiveness, ambition and trust in climate policies worldwide. This event will:

  • Inform participants of the opportunity that ICAT offers to them;
  • Review how countries have used transparency and benefited from capacity-building support; and
  • Discuss the needs of countries to better use transparency to raise the effectiveness of their policies.


  • Surabi Menon, Advisory and Research Director, ClimateWorks; Moderator
  • Mr. Norbert Gorissen (Deputy Director General, International Affairs, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany)
  • Senior representative (tbc) of the Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea Protection, Italy
  • Mr. Henning Wuester, Director, ICAT
  • Ms. Luz Alcántara, Mitigation Expert, National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism, Dominican Republic
  • Mr. Rajani Ranjan Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, TERI; Former Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India
  • Ms. Andrea Meza Murillo, Director, Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Mr. Dissabandara Sunimal Jayathunga, Director, Climate Change, Ministry of Mahaweli Development & Environment, Sri Lanka
  • Mr. Peter Omeny, Climate Change Directorate, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya
  • Ms. Katia Simeonova, Coordinator, Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI); and Manager, Transparency Framework Sub-Programme, Mitigation, Data and Analysis programme, UNFCCC Secretariat

Voluntary Action and implementing NDCs: How can the private sector help or hinder?

Date: Saturday, 8 December
Time: 11:30-13:00
Venue: Bieszczady

In the light of NDCs the space for voluntary corporate action needs to be redefined. Aligning national and corporate level commitments requires an open dialogue: How can corporations contribute to the implementation of NDCs? How can corporate voluntary action continue while NDCs are being developed?
This workshop will explore the following questions:

  • How to account for corporate voluntary action on emissions reductions under NDCs?
  • What space is there for voluntary carbon markets both within and outside the scope of NDCs?
  • What alternatives are there for corporates to contribute to NDC’s beyond carbon offsetting?


  • Jeff Swartz, Director Climate Policy and Carbon Markets, South Pole
  • Laurence Mortier, Senior Policy Adviser, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Switzerland
  • David Antonioli, Verra’s CEO
  • Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, Global Technology & Sustainability Director, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Bill Bien, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, Signify
  • Bernhard Schwager, Head of Sustainability Office, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Sanna Setterwall, Corporate Sustainability Consultant, South Pole

Emerging Guidelines for Corporate Climate Action in Supply Chains

Date: Monday, 10 December
Time: 9:30-11:00
Venue: IETA Business Hub

With nearly 500 companies committing to set science-based targets, there are emerging tools and guidelines for accounting for supply-chain emissions, particularly related to accounting for land use change and agricultural practices. To influence these supply chain emissions, companies must support interventions outside of their direct operations, where direct control is a significant challenge. The situation gets even more complicated when determining how best to account for emissions reduced or sequestered, resulting from these actions. 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 standardized way for companies to manage supply chain emissions.


  • Kevin Moss, WRI (Moderator, TBC)
  • Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Vice President for Sustainability, Mars Incorporated
  • Marion Verles, CEO, the Gold Standard
  • Jon Dettling, Quantis (via Skype)
  • Naomi Swickard, Verra’s Chief Market Development Officer

Actions and Opportunities for Governments to Attract Private Sector Investment in Natural Climate Solutions

Date: Thursday, 13 December
Time: 13:00-14:30
Venue: IETA Business Hub

The event outlines opportunities and the role that governments can play in mobilizing private sector investment at scale to halt deforestation and land use change activities needed to support climate change interventions. Speakers will explore how various scale REDD+ activities can be supported through governments and how private sector engagement can be harmonized to fit with NDCs. We take a look at how domestic government policies have driven private sector investments in the last years and what we can expect to see in the future as well as some of the pitfalls, barriers and solutions to such challenges.


  • Naomi Swickard, Verra’s Chief Market Development Officer
  • Dylan Murray, Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy
  • Andrew Hedges, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Peter Graham, Managing Director, Climate Advisers