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Report Launch and Webinar Announcement: Registration now open for upcoming webinar on "Moving the Needle on Clean Cooking: The Future of Carbon Finance"

5th May 2023

Registration is now open to join the upcoming webinar “Moving the Needle on Clean Cooking: The Future of Carbon Finance” co-organised by Modern Energy Cooking Services (MECS) and Climate Focus, to be held on Thursday 18th of May 2023, at 13.30-15.00 UK time (BST)

MECS is pleased to publish a report titled “The Role of Voluntary Carbon Markets in Clean Cooking” written by Climate Focus as part of a series of publications developed with MECS.

Webinar Background
An estimated 4 billion people are still without access to modern energy cooking services in spite of the transformational benefits that these services can provide. Affordability and access to finance to scale implementation remain a key barrier. By helping to de-risk investments and provide an alternative source of income, carbon finance can play a major role in accelerating the transition to modern energy cooking.

Climate Focus has produced a report titled “The Role of Voluntary Carbon Markets in Clean Cooking” as part of a series of publications developed with MECS. The report provides an up-to-date analysis of the voluntary carbon market with a particular focus on clean cooking projects. It comes at a particularly interesting time for the voluntary carbon market, where issuance and retirement volumes have been rising substantially together with overall increases in prices for voluntary carbon credits -reflecting the strong support for emission reduction initiatives that generate carbon credits. However, increasing concerns are being expressed around the need for higher standards of integrity, transparency, and reporting rigour.

During the Webinar, Hilda Galt, a Lead Consultant at Climate Focus and lead author on the report will present the findings of the report which will be followed by a panel discussion where representatives of a number of leading groups, representing diverse perspectives including project development, carbon certification and research, will offer their perspectives on recent developments.

Webinar Agenda
-13.30-13.40: Welcome & Introduction (Prof Ed Brown, MECS)
-13.40-14.10: Presentation on carbon finance report: context, key findings, and outlook (Hilda Galt, Lead Consultant at Climate Focus)
-14.10-14.35: Panel Discussion, moderated by Prof Ed Brown at MECS, panellists include:

• Annelise Gill-Wiehl, Energy & Resources Group, UC Berkeley; first author of the pre-print paper from Berkeley on carbon credit methodologies for cooking.
• Matt Evans, Director of Investments at Environmental Commodity Partners and Board Director at Upenergy, developer of the first electric cooking project to receive carbon credits.
• Feisal Hussain, Senior Director of Innovative Finance, Clean Cooking Alliance
• Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer, Gold Standard Foundation
• Prof Matt Leach, Modern Energy Cooking Services

-14.35-14.55: Q&A session with all presenters
-14.55-15.00: Closing remarks (Prof Ed Brown, MECS)

To book your place on this virtual event please register below: