Paris Agreement: Interaction between market mechanisms and climate finance

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5 April @ 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

How to put flesh on the bones of the Paris Agreement – market mechanisms and climate finance


The Paris Agreement and a growing number of freak weather events is moving climate change up on the global policy agenda. At the same time the interest in practical solutions cutting across all layers of society keeps growing as all countries have taken on a responsibility to contribute to the grand challenge.

More than ever there are burning questions to be answered on the road to implementation. Market mechanisms ought to provide for concrete instruments for allowing cost-effective mitigation through collaboration between countries whereas climate finance is expected to enable mitigation, where funding is scarce. Both ought to rapidly take shape in order to act as complements for implementation of the wildly ambitious mitigation aspiration grounded in the Paris Agreement.

This workshop that starts subsequent to the we will focus on how carbon market mechanisms and climate finance interact. It will start off with three input presentations on the open questions regarding carbon market and climate finance, an outlook on climate finance from various sources, and the double counting conundrum in the new paradigm of global mitigation responsibility. Presentations will be followed by a moderated group session comprising of four particular focus areas.


Program of the workshop (registration required, see below)

Moderation: Tobias Schmidt (ETH Zurich)



  • Axel Michaelowa (Perspectives): Key open questions for carbon markets and climate finance
  • Martin Stadelmann (South Pole): Mobilising climate finance to implement Paris - the role of cities and other stakeholders
  • Jürg Füssler (INFRAS): Resolving the double counting conundrum


World Café – topics introduced by Tobias Schmidt (ETH Zurich)

  • How to safeguard environmental integrity of the Paris Agreement (moderation tbc.)
  • Market mechanisms between bottom-up and top down elements (moderation Axel Michaelowa)
  • Climate finance – how to match the risk-return profile of investors and achieve effective outcomes? (moderation Martin Stadelmann)
  • Policy instruments for achieving mitigation in the context of developing country NDCs (moderation: Tobias Schmidt)

>> Registration via the registration form of the AGM preceding the workshop

After the workshop there will an opportunity to engage in informal discussions, meet old friends and get to know new friends that share your enthusiasm for the topic of climate change over an Apéro.

5 April 2016
05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
ETH Zürich
Raum ML H 37.1
Maschinenlabor (neben Hauptgebäude)
Sonneggstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich