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Global authority on carbon markets to speak at CEP 2024 in Christchurch

Chair of the Integrity Council for Voluntary Carbon Markets (ICVCM), Annette Nazareth, will be delivering a Keynote address to the CEP Conference in May.

Announcing the Keynote, Dr Mike Hopkins of CEP said: “Greenwashing, green sheen, environmental disinformation, call it what you will, barely a day goes by without a news story on the state of carbon markets, offset integrity and how offsets are being used. We desperately need robust, international standards for voluntary carbon markets and the ICVCM is the leader and peak body in driving integrity. It’s a real coup for us to have Annette address the conference and her session will be a must-see for everyone wanting to understand greenwashing and what’s being done about it.”

Voluntary carbon markets have come under a lot of pressure in recent months. Companies are being called out for using worthless carbon offsets and providers are under intense scrutiny to make sure their products are both genuine and robust. Confidence in the market has plummeted and needs to be restored if voluntary markets are to play a part in achieving net zero targets.

The ICVCM emerged from the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, initially established by Mark Carney when he was UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance. Its purpose is to act as an independent governance body for the voluntary carbon market and to set and enforce a definitive global threshold so high-quality carbon credits efficiently mobilise finance towards urgent mitigation and climate resilient development.

Ms Nazareth will be talking about ICVCM’s latest work and initiatives to bring reliable, valuable and credible offsets to the market, and what that will mean for New Zealand businesses who are looking to use offsetting to cover some of those hard to abate emissions.

The CEP conference is being held at the Christchurch Town Hall on 28th and 29th May. Registrations are open and discounts are available for members of CEP, BANZ (Bioenergy Association) and the YEPN (Young Energy Professional Network).


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