Wrap up: International Workshop on Domestic Offset Schemes

Posted by Mischa Classen on 01 Oct 2013 at 7:07am

About the Workshop

The multilateral negotiations in Doha created a gloomy prospect on reaching the agreed 2 °C target. The difficult discussions about a common framework to account for mitigation ambitions are paralleled by the emergence of various domestic schemes through which parties pursue their own domestic ambitions. Many observe with concern this development as it might have a detrimental effect on reaching a common multilateral agreement. Yet, the domestic initiatives bear in itself a considerable momentum to effectively deliver mitigation.

With the declining importance of the two multilateral flagship schemes – the Clean Development Mechanism and the Joint Implementation Tracks – the focus of the offset market rapidly shifts towards the domestic offset schemes. It is therefore the right moment to take stock of the situation and exchange the views and expectations about the forthcoming years.

This workshop aims at gathering key experts from the regulatory bodies, policy makers, leading consultancies and academia to exchange on various levels. Firstly, it is key to better understand how the different schemes function and under which political contexts they operate. To this end the workshop will host a series of technical interventions from schemes of the various geographies. The second topical complex of questions relates to the further co-existence of scattered domestic mitigation markets with a multilateral negotiation process. The workshop provided for sufficient time for face to face discussions to explore the different aspects of the various schemes represented.


Thursday, 26th September 2013

Presentations, moderated by Axel Michaelowa, Perspectives


Friday, 27th September 2013

Break-out sessions

Session A
: Treatment of national policies (Moderator: Jürg Füssler)

Session B
: Additionality – against what baseline? (Moderator: Axel Michaelowa)

Session C
: Offsetting in coexistence with ETSes (Moderator: Bram Borkent)

Session D
: Requirements for a functioning market (Moderator: Derik Broekhoff)





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