Day 1: Wednesday, September 5, 2007

          Day 1





09:00 – 11:00

Pre-session workshops

Room 1:   Understanding Carbon Market segments

The session will provide an overview of main carbon trading regimes and initiatives, focusing on both independent and inter-linked drivers of demand and supply.

Moderator: Martha P. Castillo, PLAC, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) - PDF

·    Mark Meyrick, EDF Trading - PDF

·    Camilla Taylor, Trading Emissions - PDF

·    Greg Dunne, ICECAP - PDF

Room 2:   Pitfalls in CDM Project Design

Project Developers and DOEs will speak from their experience on common mis-takes and good practice throughout the process of CDM project design, validation and registration.

·    Miguel Rescalvo, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) - PDF

·    Fabian Gaioli, MGM International - PDF

·    Roy Williams, SGS - PDF

·    José Luis Tejera, AENOR  - PDF

Room 3:   ERPAs as a tool for Project Finance

Legal and financial experts will outline principles related to contracting a CDM project and how it can facilitate safe-guards and financial stability.

Moderator: Sami Kamel, UNEP Risř Centre

·    Pedro Huarte-Mendicoa, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank - PDF

·    Rutger de Witt Wijnen, De Brauw Blackstone - PDF

·    Sergio Vives, CantorCO2e - PDF

·    Jaime Lira, EcoSecurities - PDF

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:00

Opening session

Welcome by Host Country and LAC Forum Partners

12:00 – 13:00

Plenary:   Global Warming - regional insights on the challenge ahead

Renowned experts will review the evolving understanding on the impacts of climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean and will share their views on strategic response measures to address the resulting regional development challenge.

·    Moderator: Daniel Bouille, Fundación Bariloche

·    Eduardo Calvo,   Vice-Chair, Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - PDF

·    Jose A. Garibaldi, Energeia, Mexico - PDF

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00

Plenary:    State & Trends of the Global Carbon Market

Market intelligence experts will look at the current state of the global carbon market. Facts regarding recent developments will be highlighted and trends shaping the future of carbon markets will be discussed.

Moderator: Andrei Marcu, IETA - PDF

·   Pedro Huarte Mendicoa, Carbon Finance Unit,  World BanK - PDF

·    Eduardo Reyes, National Environment Authority (ANAM), Panama - PDF

·    Morgan Stanley, MGM International - PDF

15:00 – 16:00

Plenary:    CDM in Latin America & the Caribbean – so far, so good?

This plenary session will depict remarkable features of CDM project implementation and CER trading in Latin America and the Caribbean, inciting at the same time a discussion on how the region may maintain a pioneer role as the carbon market moves to new dimensions.

Moderator: Alvaro Rios-Roca, OLADE

Presentations by:  Kai-Uwe Schmidt, Secretariat, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - PDF; Joergen Fenhann, UNEP Risř Centre - PDF

·    Hernán Carlino, Member, CDM Executive Board

·    Mary Gómez, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

·    Ricardo Esparta, Ecoinvest - PDF


Day 2: Thursday, September 6, 2007

Day 2



Sectors & Technologies

Policies & Strategies

09:00 – 10:15

Can Afforestation & Reforestation still deliver its potential?

A & R CDM projects have had a late start but now, with several methodologies approved and the first project registered, can forestry activities still play a role in the commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol? Should project efforts focus in stimulating and framing new market instruments?


Moderator:    Walter Oyhantcabal, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries (MGAP), Uruguay

·    Martin Schröder, TÜV SÜD - PDF

·    Zenia Salinas, FORMA project, CATIE - PDF

·    Luis Fernando Jara, PROFAFOR - PDF

·    Benoit Bosquet, BioCF, World Bank - PDF

CERs – why quality matters

As the public CDM pipeline has grown worldwide to more than 2000 projects, market participants and observers are closely monitoring if the CDM is actually accomplishing its mandate to both deliver emissions reductions and promote sustainable development. This session will take a critical look on best practices in project implementation and lessons learned for the future of the CDM instrument.

Moderator:    Michael Schlup, Gold Standard Foundation

·    Eduardo Sanhueza, Cambio Climático & Desarrollo (CC&D) - PDF

·    Elisabeth Lokshall, PointCarbon - PDF

·    Diego Masera, MDG Carbon Facility, UNDP - PDF

·    Amit Oza, Tradition Financial Services (TFS) - PDF

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Biofuels and its potential in project-based mechanisms

Drivers other than carbon income have put biofuels in the spotlight of energy sources discussions. Speakers will review options to account for GHG reductions in the development of biofuels programs and in particular how biofuels may lead the way for inclusion of the transport sector in the CDM.

Moderator:    Byron Chiliquinga, OLADE

·    Oscar Coto, Global Change Group, CATIE - PDF

·  Luiz A. Horta Nogueira, Universidade Federal de Itajubá, Brazil - PDF

·    Henry Garcia, MME - PDF

Regional platforms to support CER generation and trading

Discussants will delineate innovative instruments that have been designed to boost the regional carbon supply and support increased access of regional players in the Global GHG market.

Moderator:    Carlos Echevarria B., Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)  - PDF

·    Marcelo Iezzi, Pricewaterhouse Coopers - PDF

·    Enrique Nieto, Bancomext - PDF

· Orlando Jiménez, Economic Development Agency (CORFO), Chile - PDF

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00

Enhancing the potential of Renewables and Energy Efficiency

The CDM has successfully contributed to catalyze multiple renewable energy projects in the region. Still, the challenge around mainstreaming carbon finance to spur low carbon investments persists. Speakers will provide their perspectives regarding enhanced use of the CDM or other carbon finance vehicles to accelerate implementation of clean energy solutions.

Moderator:    Julia Justo, FONAM

·    Pamela Mellado Morales, National Energy Efficiency Program, Chile - PDF

·    Javier Coello, Practical Action – Peru - PDF

·  Uwe Mades, Climate Protection Projects, RWE - PDF

Credibility, efficiency & integrity of the CDM – lessons from monitoring & verification

The GHG market depends on the credibility of real emission reductions. Adequate monitoring by the project developer and comprehensive verification by the DOEs are key in this process. This session looks at how the integrity of M&V is maintained to date.

Moderator:    Luiz Bueno da Silva, Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance (LRQA)

·    Grant Kirkman, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - PDF

·    Flavio Gomez, Bureau Veritas Certification - PDF

·    Leo Perkowski, AgCert - PDF

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Plenary:  Advantage and Potential of Sectoral Approaches and Programmatic CDM

In order to achieve a significant contribution to low carbon development paths, the CDM is required to reach beyond a project-by-project approach for generating emission reductions. Both sector-scoped strategies and program-based activities are considered alternative ways to use the CDM. This plenary session will examine progress made in terms of methodological certainty and pilot activities preparation.

Moderator: Joseluis Samaniego, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

·    Christiana Figueres, Member, CDM Executive Board - PDF

·    Francisco Avendano, 3C Group - PDF

·    Murray Ward, GtripleC - PDF

15:00 – 16:00

Plenary:  US GHG Market – resurgent opportunities for Latin America?

The US carbon market is evolving at increased pace, with regional and corporate initiatives shaping their own market-based mechanisms to control GHG emissions. To what extend will these initiatives open up to international carbon transactions? Can we expect a significant demand for carbon offsets from the Latin American region? Which are market niches and perceived competitive advantages?

Moderator: Flavio Pinheiro, Econergy International

·    Edwin Aalders, IETA - PDF

·    Jorge Barrigh, Natsource - PDF

·    Aimee Barnes, Ecosecurities - PDF



 Day 3: Friday, September 7, 2007

Day 3



Sectors & Technologies

Policies & Strategies

09:00 – 10:15

Impacts and Performance of Waste Management Projects

Landfill gas projects have proven to have a great impact on sustainable development. In terms of their CER performance however, they have underperformed compared to their predicted level of emission reductions. This session will discuss challenges these projects face in order to improve their current performance levels.

Moderator:   Horacio Terraza, LFG Initiative for Latin America, World Bank - PDF

·    Gabriel Blanco, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (UNICEN) - PDF

·    Jorge Zegarra, Petramas S.A.C. - PDF

·    Pablo Zamonsky, Aborgama - Ducelit S.A. - PDF

Voluntary Carbon Standards – news from / for the region

The voluntary carbon market is increasingly attracting corporate and public attention. LAC region hosts many of the first projects delivering verified carbon offsets to this market. This session will review the latest developments around this market and how the panorama looks like for enhanced activity in the region.

Moderator:   Mark Kenber, The Climate Group

·    Javier Castro, TÜV SÜD - PDF

·    Pablo Obrador, 3C Group - PDF

·    Diego Arrigorriaga, CantorCO2e - PDF

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Agriculture & Biomass: competition or a synergy?

CDM projects in both the Agriculture and Biomass sectors have received criticism regarding their impacts on local sustainable development e.g. land-use change patterns. Speakers will look at social and environmental benefits that can be actually fostered through good practice in CDM project development, based on the regional experience with ongoing CDM projects in these sectors.  

Moderator: Edwin Aalders, IETA

·    Suani Coelho, Brazilian Reference Center on Biomass (CENBIO) - PDF

·    Dave Lawrence, AgCert - PDF

·    Carolina Galleguillos, OneCarbon / Ecofys - PDF

Reducing emissions from deforestation and the use of carbon finance

Countermeasures for deforestation, a major source of emissions in many Latin American countries, have not benefited from positive incentives under current international climate regimes. This session will delineate new efforts to shape such incentives for avoiding deforestation, including market-based approaches to generate ‘carbon credits’.

Moderator:   Lucio Pedroni, CATIE

·    Benoit Bosquet, World Bank - PDF

·    Sergio Jauregui, Sustainable Development Advisors (SDA) - PDF

·    Jeff Horowitz, Equator Environmental - PDF

·    Charlotte Streck, Climate Focus - PDF

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00

Oil & Gas’ contribution to the CDM

While the market increasingly looks at lower fossil fuel dependence, the Oil & Gas industry itself is taking action to reduce its overall impact on GHG emissions. This session will highlight different ways of how this sector is reducing its emissions footprint in the region.

Moderator:   Mauricio Garrón, OLADE

·    Francisco Sucre, Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR), World Bank - PDF

·    Jaime Martín-Juez, Repsol YPF - PDF

·    Iris Cardenas, MME - PDF

Finding your Market and understanding its condition

The GHG market is becoming more and more competitive and projects will have to clearly determine where their competitive edge lays --- in the compliance market, the voluntary market, or a mixed strategy?  Panelists will outline how companies can seek the appropriate strategy and what they should put in place even if the rules of future market are not fully finalized.

Moderator:   Jorge Barrigh, Natsource - PDF

·    Milena López, Environmental Financial Products, Deutsche Bank AG - PDF

·    Jamie Mackinnon, REPSOL YPF - PDF

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Plenary:  Carbon market continuity after 2012 – challenges for LAC countries

Engagement of regional project participants in the CDM relied on fully operational carbon markets in the long-term and hence the value of their future carbon assets. With the intense debate on a post 2012 climate protection framework, Latin American countries face pressing challenges on how to position themselves within this debate. This session will look at some of the current thinking within the region on inter alia prospects for registered CDM projects and associated CER streams, the future of the CDM instrument, and the role of market mechanisms in any post 2012 regime.

Moderator: Andrei Marcu, IETA

·    Eduardo Dopazo, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank - PDF

·    Jason Patrick, Evolution Markets - PDF

·    Ian D. Nelson, MetroGas - PDF


Closing plenary

Appreciation and announcements by Host Country and LAC Forum Partners




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