EcoAct speaking at Carbon Expo 2016 in Cologne!

Heading to Carbon Expo? We would be glad to meet you! We will be present at our booth in Hall 11.2, Aisle B at Stand Number 10, feel free to come say hi (you can also contact us here to schedule a meeting)

We are also delighted to invite you to the following sessions:

Panel discussion “Insetting: A step further towards climate neutrality” 

Friday, May 27 / 10 : 00 – 11 : 00

Moderator : William Theisen (Director, Business Development – EcoAct)

Guest speakers:

  • Maarten Derksen (Fund Manager – FairClimateFund)
  • Sarah Leugers (Director, Communications & Marketing – The Gold Standard)
  • Simon Henry  (Director ICROA & Voluntary Markets – ICROA)

Insetting has been on the periphery since 2009, yet its definition and bounds are still blurry, hence impairing its full expansion. Insetting is without doubt a powerful tool for companies willing to approach climate neutrality since it allows them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions within their own supply chain. On a planet where climate action is so urgent, yet business is so significant, insetting offers a concrete way to connect sustainability and procurement.

However, insetting lacks a clear framework to guarantee a responsible use, claiming reductions, and highlight attractive incentives. Research on insetting parameters and certification has been carried out and the results will be crucial to ensure the integrity of this process. Yet, although a framework is needed to maximise investments and prevent risks, it needs to be flexible enough to offer incentives and encourage companies to invest. How do we increase uptake for insetting? How can we ensure responsible insetting becomes a strategic investment for business?


Plenary conference “Leadership and Innovation: Private Sector Roundtable” 
Wednesday, May 25 / 14:15 – 15 : 30

Moderator: Fritz Vorholz (Journalist, Economist & Former Editor of Die Zeit)

Guest speakers:

  • Holger Lösch (Executive Board Member – Federation of German Industries – BDI)
  • Sohel Ahmed (Chief Operating Officer – Grameen Shakti, Bangladesh)
  • Gerald Maradan (Chief Executive Officer – EcoAct)
  • Carsten Schirmeisen (Corporate Finance & Treasury, Head Group Risk Management – LafargeHolcim)
  • Evan Haigler (Chief Executive Officer – Impact Carbon, San Francisco)
  • Arne Eik (Head Climate Policy and Market Analysis – Statoil)

The Paris Agreement set a foundation for the future of climate action. Now the key is implementation, where business will play a vital role in success or failure of carbon procing programs around the world. We ask a group of executives: how should business show true leadership on carbon pricing? And where are the opportunities for pricing to spur innovation to meet the 2 degree challenge? 


Evening celebration “Meet the Carbon & Energy Market
Wednesday, May 25 / 19 : 00 – 23 : 00

Join us for the evening event that we are co-sponsoring and let’s celebrate the start of the trade fair!


Panel Discussion – EcoSystem MarketPlace State of the Voluntary Carbon Market 2016 Report Launch 
Thursday May 26 / 15 : 45 – 16 : 45

Presented by EcoSystem MarketPlace

Guest speaker:

  • William Theisen (Director, Business Development – EcoAct)

Even as compliance carbon markets proliferate and grow, the voluntary carbon markets remain a space for innovation – and a place for the private and public sectors to act ahead of regulation, investing in projects that halt deforestation, produce wind or solar energy, capture methane from landfills, and more.

For the last decade, Ecosystem Marketplace has kept the pulse of this market, collecting data about thousands of discrete transactions between buyers and sellers in order to provide transparent information on pricing and the ultimate climate impact of voluntary action.

For the launch of the 2016 State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets report, we’ll answer important questions about the 2015 market: What was the voluntary demand for offsets, and what motivated buyers? How did offset prices vary by project type, project location, standard, and other factors? What are the emerging “trends to watch”?

See you there!