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Verra at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland

Connect with Verra at COP26!

Are you attending COP26 in Glasgow? If so, please connect with our team!

We’re speaking at a wide range of events and are participating in many bilateral meetings, covering topics as diverse as Article 6, the future of voluntary carbon markets, conservation, and sustainable development. This webpage contains an updated list of our activities.

To arrange a meeting, please contact Jessie Herfurth at info@nullverra.org with availability and meeting topics.

We’ve also published a blogpost outlining our hopes and expectations for Glasgow. Read COP 26: Time for Some Scottish Bravery. It sets out our view that countries must:

  • Clarify the role of carbon markets
  • Endorse voluntary carbon markets as means to supplement NDC ambition and deliver finance
  • Recognize the right but not the obligation of host countries to apply corresponding adjustments to voluntary carbon market transactions — and above all, not lock in unequal treatment of developing countries.

We’ll also be posting regularly from Glasgow on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Halting tropical deforestation: the role of carbon credits

Wednesday, 3 November, 9:30-10:30 GMT
Nature4Climate pavilion
Host: The Nature Conservancy
Verra speaker: David Antonioli

Carbon finance is one tool that holds the potential of making a significant contribution to halting tropical deforestation. In the past 12 months or so interest and investment in carbon credits is rapidly heating up – and so has scrutiny over the environmental integrity of these credits. Furthermore, the legitimacy of how and when companies use these is being examined as never before. This event will examine how to build trust across carbon markets and discuss a path forward that both raises quality whilst also scaling investment and impact in what is left of this critical decade to tackle the climate crisis.

CCS and Carbon Removals

Wednesday, 3 November, 10:30-12:00 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: CCS+ Initiative
Verra speaker: Ian Kuwahara

The event aims to discuss how to ensure complementarity between different regimes (VCM, Article 6, NDCs) in the monetisation of CCS and carbon removal efforts. Currently, investors show hesitancy to make long-term investments, as they cannot be certain that these regimes will retain their individual integrity. Clear practices need to be developed to ensure efforts are not unduly appropriated or counted double.

Voluntary Carbon Market Global Dialogue (VCM-GD): Supply-side perspectives

Wednesday, 3 November, 12:00-13:30 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: Verra

Fulfilling the Paris Agreement will require the widespread adoption of more ambitious mitigation commitments and significantly scaled-up flows of finance, technology, and capacity to developing countries. The VCM Global Dialogue puts the supply-side into the center of discussion about how these markets can be best designed and deployed.

Watch the Recording

The Natural Solution: Combating Climate Change by Investing in Africa’s Natural Carbon Sinks.

Wednesday, 3 November, 13:00-14:30 GMT
African Development Bank pavilion
Host: H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
Verra speaker: David Antonioli

A high level discussion at COP26 convened by H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya. The event, hosted at the African Development Bank’s pavilion at COP26, will convene political leaders and co-members of the Giants Club to discuss the opportunities carbon offsets offer to finance nature protection in Africa while driving sustainable economic growth.

3 Ways to Scale-Up the Market: What Would be an Ambitious Goal for the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) in 2022?

Wednesday, 3 November, 15:00-16:30 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: ICROA
Verra speaker: David Antonioli

The session will discuss ways in which we can unlock the power of carbon finance for greater corporate climate action. The panel discussion will focus on demand, supply, and transparency in the VCM as key factors in the market growth for 2022.

Blue Sky Thinking

Wednesday, 3 November, 17:00-18:00 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: IETA
Verra speaker: David Antonioli

Join us for the launch of Blue Sky Thinking, a special news programme prepared with ITN Productions Industry News on the ways to achieve net zero emissions. After introductory remarks, the showcase video will be screened, followed by a moderated discussion about the business of net zero and the role for emissions trading.

Watch the Video

Meet the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM)

Friday, 5 November, 16:00-17:30 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: IETA
Verra speaker: David Antonioli

This is a high-level and informal drop-in event involving representatives from key initiatives that are shaping the voluntary market right now (VCMC, VCMI, etc.), to discuss objectives and challenges. It will be hosted/moderated by IETA’s CEO Dirk Forrister and ICROA’s Managing Director Andrea Abrahams.

Between a voluntary and compliance market for carbon removals: the issue of ‘corresponding adjustment’ in light of the upcoming EU Carbon Removal Certification Mechanism

Monday, 8 November, 10:30-12:00 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: Negative Emissions Platform
Verra speaker: Andrew Howard

The EU’s certification framework for carbon removal could rely on the EU and national authorities as central buyers, but it could also include private companies wanting to meet their voluntary pledges. This event will discuss the “no double claiming” principle and how to create an inclusive EU market with steady demand for high quality carbon removal.

Carbon Optimism: Future of the Voluntary Carbon Market

Tuesday, 9 November, 13:30-15:00 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: Verra
Verra speakers: David Antonioli, Naomi Swickard, Robin Rix

The voluntary carbon market (VCM) aims to drive finance to activities that reduce and remove greenhouse gas emissions, improve livelihoods, and protect natural resources. It’s growing rapidly and is poised to scale 15-fold over the coming decade. Join us for a discussion with experts and stakeholders to discuss program changes, secondary-market scaling, the future of the voluntary carbon market.

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Scaling the VCM

Wednesday, 10 November, 16:30-18:00 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: Xpansiv/CBL
Verra speaker: Robin Rix

A panel discussion featuring representatives from Delta, Verra, Sylvera, Mercuria, and Cargill to discuss the changing landscape of the voluntary carbon market, especially over the past 12-18 months, and the impacts standardised contracts. The benefits; transparency, liquidity, efficiency, and the deficits; increased competition for high quality offsets, acceleration of the market. Panellists will also discuss their experiences navigating the complexities of the carbon markets prior to standardisation, and provide their perspectives of how they see the market evolving.

Empowered host countries: Guiding the role of the voluntary carbon market

Thursday, 11 November, 11:00-12:00 GMT
IETA Hub
Host: Natural Capital Partners
Verra speaker: Andrew Howard

Host countries can benefit greatly by collaborating closely with the voluntary market. They can help channel market investments in ways that provide the greatest support for their mitigation strategies and contribute effectively to their sustainable development priorities. This event will explore the reasons and market implications, including for the difficult issue of VCM accounting.

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