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Perspectives and KliK organize a Zurich Carbon Market Association event “Voluntary versus compliance carbon markets – where are the pastures greener?” on Wednesday, 9 December 2020, 5-7 pm CET.

Views of stakeholders regarding the future of voluntary carbon markets diverge. Some expect a massive expansion of the voluntary markets while compliance markets would languish due to the inability to agree on Article 6 rules. Others see governments becoming more conscious of the need to achieve their Nationally Determined Contribution and therefore reining in on the voluntary market in the medium term. Views differ as well regarding the need to apply corresponding adjustments for voluntary markets. Our event brings together representatives of all key stakeholder types for a discussion of these issues.

Moderation by Axel Michaelowa (Perspectives and University of Zurich)


Amy Steen (UNFCCC): UNFCCC mechanisms – Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and the CDM in the context of voluntary markets

Margaret Kim (Gold Standard): A Just Transition: Scaling the voluntary carbon market while maximising positive impact

Mischa Classen (KliK): Requirements for Article 6 compliant mitigation activities – A double standard?

Patrick Hofstetter (WWF): Leaving Kyoto behind: A corporate framework for voluntary climate action in the Paris era

Jochen Gassner (First Climate): Matching supply and demand – the Voluntary Carbon Market in the transition to the Paris Agreement

Jeff Swartz (BP): How can carbon markets help the world get to net zero?

Please register at are looking forward to your participation!

Axel Michaelowa

Institute of Political Science / University of Zurich
Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS)
Affolternstrasse 56
8050 Zurich

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