Day 1: Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Day 1




09:00 – 10:00

Opening session

Welcome by Host Country and LAC Forum Partners

·    Ms. Alicia Frohmann, Director, ProChile

·    Mr. John Christensen, Head, UNEP Risoe Centre

·    Mr. Edwin Aalders, Director, IETA

·    H.E. Ms. Ana Lya Uriarte, Minister of the Environment, National Environment Council (CONAMA) PDF

10:00 – 11:15

Opening Plenary:   Progress in the Post-2012 negotiations and the role of Latin America

This session will look at the status of negotiations for carbon market continuity after 2012 and the challenges for LAC countries for the new climate protection framework post 2012.

Moderator: Ms. Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC (*)

·    Ms. Christiana Figueres, Vice-President LAC Region, Bureau of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties -  PDF

·    Mr. Daniel Bouille, Vice-President, Bariloche Foundation -  PDF

·    Mr. Paulo M. Protasio, Regional Advisor, Copenhagen Climate Council -  PDF

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 13:00

Plenary:    State & Trends of the Global Carbon Market

Market intelligence experts will provide a CDM market overview. Recent developments of market segments will be highlighted and trends shaping the future of carbon markets within the Global Market and Latin American Countries will be discussed.

Moderator: Mr. Andrei Marcu, Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones

Presentation by: Mr. Alex Kossoy, Carbon Finance Unit,  World Bank -  PDF

·    Mr. Odin Knudsen, Managing Director, JP Morgan -  PDF

·    Mr. Jorge Barrigh, Managing Director LAC Region, Natsource LLC -  PDF

·    Mr. Francisco Grajales Cravioto, CDM/JI Acquisitions Expert, Vattenfall Carbon Fund -  PDF

·    Mr. John Paul Moscarella, Executive Vice-President, Econergy (*)

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00

Plenary:    CDM in Latin America & the Caribbean – reality check and perspectives

This plenary session will depict remarkable features of CDM project implementation and CER trading in Latin America and the Caribbean region, 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: Mr. Carlos A. Florez P., Executive Secretary, OLADE

Presentation by:   Ms. Miriam Hinostroza, Carbon Finance Coordinator, UNEP Risø Centre -  PDF

·    Mr. Paulo Manso, Member LAC Region, CDM Executive Board (*)

·    Mr. Pedro Barata, Member, CDM Executive Board

·    Mr. Nazareno Castillo, Director, Climate Change, Ministry for the Environment, Argentina -  PDF

·    Mr. Uwe Mades, Climate Protection Projects, RWE (*)

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:30

Promotion Desks (1): National CDM Offices & Investment Promotion Agencies

Meet up with representatives from CDM host countries entities. Attendees will find up-to-date handy information on new CDM opportunities and carbon trading environment in several Latin American countries.


Day 2: Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Day 2



Room A:  Sectors & Technologies

09:00 – 10:15

CDM & Cities: Challenges ahead                                                                              Room A

How can the CDM and, in general, the carbon market work to create incentives and opportunities for greater climate-friendly municipalities and urban infrastructure? This session will focus on both the effectiveness and perceived limitations of the CDM to address demands for sustainable urban services. What can we learn to scale-up efforts to support low-carbon cities development?

To be announced (*)

Evolving needs for CDM capacity development and knowledge management                Room B

Building capacity and knowledge management continues to be a top priority for Latin America. As new modalities like project bundling, the programmatic approach and sectoral focus become important tools in the CDM and more regional market players enter the global carbon market, it will be necessary to develop new knowledge sharing tools and explore innovative delivery mechanisms to cater to the emerging capacity needs of rapidly expanding heterogeneous stakeholder groups.

Facilitator:  Mr. José Alberto Garibaldi, Director, Energeia

·    Mr. Andrés Hubenthal, Ecuadorian CDM Promotion Office (CORDELIM) -  PDF

·    Mr. Venkata R. Putti, Coordinator, CF-Assist Program, World Bank Institute (WBI)

·    Mr. John Christensen, Head, UNEP Risoe Centre -  PDF

·    Ms. Martha P. Castillo, Latin American Carbon Program, Andean Development Corporation (CAF) PDF

New CDM policy directions: legal implications in LAC                                               Room C

With the maturing of the CDM market and the recent decisions of the CDM regulator, this session will focus on the effects of these decisions on the legal framework in which the project developers and law makers work within the Latin American context.

Moderator:   Mr. Rodrigo Sales, Partner, Baker McKenzie

·    Mr. Mathieu Vallart, Manager, Sustainable Business, Pricewaterhouse Coopers Chile

·    Mr. Eduardo Reyes, Deputy Administrator, National Environment Authority (ANAM), Panama -  PDF

·    Ms. Viviana Luján Gallegos, Associate at the Carbon Trading Group, De Brauw Blackstone -  PDF

·    Mr. Claudio Lutzky, Vice-President Carbon Contracting, MGM International

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Way forward for the CDM in the Transport Sector?                                                   Room A

What role can the GHG market play in providing solutions that minimize the impact of emissions from the transport sector? This session will identify key measures that could be still taken in order to improve the effectiveness of the CDM in this sector, and will explore opportunities and challenges for new carbon finance instruments better equipped to foster sustainable transport projects.

Moderator:  Mr. Sergio Sánchez, Director, Clean Air Institute (CAI) - Latin America

·    Ms. Wendy García, Manager Low Carbon Program, Metrobus / Mexico D.F. -  PDF

·    Ms. Susana Ricaurte, Transport Specialist, Gruetter Consulting -  PDF

·    Ms. Andrea García, Head of the Climate Change Office, Ministry for the Environment, Colombia -  PDF

·    Mr. Jaime Parada, General Manager, Deuman PDF

CDM methodological guidance: mission accomplished?                                              Room B

From the start of the CDM the methodological development has been the center of achieving success within the CDM. With the maturing of the CDM market, more and more methodologies are being used and guidance on its usage is becoming available to the market. This session will discuss the effectiveness of guidance and improvements made to the existing methodologies.

Moderator:  Mr. Grant Kirkman, Team Leader, CDM Methodologies, UNFCCC Secretariat -  PDF

·    Mr. Daniel Perczyk, Member, Meth Panel to the CDM Executive Board -  PDF

·    Ms. Mary Gómez, Principal Executive, Latin American Carbon Program (PLAC), CAF -  PDF

·    Ms. Zarina Azizova Methologies Specialist Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank PDF

Can Carbon Finance leverage additional resources for your project?                          Room C

One significant barrier that hinders project developers in starting their project is the difficulty to obtain adequate project financing. Conventional project financing has still taken limited account of the revenue streams that are generated by emission reduction sales. This session looks at enhancing the ability to seek project financing through adequate integration of the carbon finance component.

Moderator:   Mr. Cristián Retamal, Carbon Management Consulting

·    Mr. Christian del Valle, Head, Environmental Markets, BNP Paribas -  PDF

·    Mr. Rodrigo Weiss, Investment Advisor, EEA Fund Management, Trading Emissions PLC -  PDF

·    Mr. Nikolaus Schultze, Project Finance Director, First Climate -  PDF

·    Mr. Sigurd Klakeg, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Finance, Norway PDF

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00

Small-scale project activities: overcoming barriers to capture the carbon value          Room A

Small-scale, dispersed GHG emission reduction measures, which typically entail significant local sustainable development benefits, still face regulatory and market barriers preventing them from accessing the CDM. Panelists will share emerging approaches to integrate emission reduction verification/certification – within or beyond the CDM framework – and use the additional carbon income flow to remove other barriers to activity implementation.

Moderator:  Ms. Rebeca Magaña, Advisor, CDM DNA, Ministry for Environment, El Salvador

·    Mr. Brenda Doroski, US Environmental Protection Agency / Partnership for Clean Indoor Air PDF

·    Mr. David García, Energy Specialist, National Environmental Fund (FONAM), Peru PDF

·   Ms. Pamela Mellado, Sector Leader, Industry & Mines, National Energy Efficiency Program, National Energy Commission, Chile PDF

·    Mr. Luis Roberto Chacón, Gestión Mercados Ambientales EMA PDF

Listen to your DOE: lessons from validation and verification                                      Room B

During 2007 & 2008 there has been an increased pressure on the DOEs to perform and bring their validation & verification to a successful registration and issuance of projects/CERs.  At the same time the VV Manual is being developed to provide guidance to the DOEs. Throughout this process DOEs have gained valuable experience. This in turn will encourage project developers to better prepare themselves for the validation & verification process. As a result we may witness an increasing success rate of your project being successfully registered and/or have your CERs issued.

Moderator:  Mr. Daniele Violetti, Team Leader, Registration & Issuance Unit, UNFCCC Secretariat

·    Ms. Branca Americano, Member, RIT Team to the CDM Executive Board

·    Mr. Sergio Degener, GHG Auditor, TUEV-Sued -  PDF

·    Ms. Monica Aedo, CDM Manager, SGS -  PDF

·    Mr. Mauro Fadda, Principal Monitoring Manager, Ecosecurities PDF

Role Play: Negotiating an Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA)                  Room C

Facilitator:   Ms. Viviana Luján, Partner, De Brauw Blackstone -  PDF

Through this mock negotiation session participants will go through the questions and motions of how to negotiate effectively an ERPA with a buyer. Participants will be working in small groups that represent both the buyer and seller side, whilst negotiating under the support of an experienced contract negotiator.

13:00 – 14:15


14:15 – 15:15

Plenary:  Voluntary Carbon Market: challenges & opportunities for LAC projects

The Latin American Market has not been able to maintain its early lead in the GHG market to engage on a large scale in the CDM market. Overall concerns related to applicability, complexity of the system for Latin American projects, have raised the issue whether the voluntary market can bring the Latin American project developers their opportunity to engage in mitigation activities. This session will look at the role the voluntary market plays and whether the hope is founded or an illusion.

Moderator: Mr. Edwin Aalders, President & CEO, VCS – Voluntary Carbon Standard

·    Mr. Andrei Marcu, Senior Advisor, Climate Change and Emissions Trading, Bennett Jones

·    Mr. Jan-Willem Bode, CEO, OneCarbon

·    Mr. Jorge Urrutia, General Manager, Global Projects

15:15  – 15:30


15:30 – 16:30

Plenary:  North American GHG Market – emerging window of opportunity for LAC Region?

North America has seen significant growth in developing GHG Programmes. Although some of these programmes are still at their early stage of development, there is an increasing clearer trend on the impacts these programmes may have on the international offset demand and in particular for the Latin American countries. This session will focus on the question what impacts can be expected from the US market on the GHG-mitigating activities in Latin America.

Moderator: Mr. Jorge Barrigh, Managing Director LAC Region, Natsource LLC

·    Mr. Lenny Hochschild, Managing Director, Head GHG Americas, Evolution Markets PDF

·    Mr. How-Sen Chong, President, Carbonzero PDF

·    Mr. Robert O’Sullivan, Executive Director, ClimateFocus North America

·    Mr. Sergio Vives, Vice-President Latin America, Cantor CO2e

16:30  – 16:45


17:00 – 19:00

Information desks (2): Carbon funds / intermediaries & CDM consulting services

Find main market players active in the region gathered in this information hot spot for carbon deal development. Representatives from carbon funds, market intermediaries and CDM consultants will address information requests from project developers and forum participants. Interested firms are invited to timely register for assignation of information desks.


Day 3: Thursday, October 30, 2008

Day 3


09:00 – 10:30

Joint Plenary Session – LAC Carbon Forum & CORFO Renewable Energies Investment Forum

·    H.E. Marcelo Tokman, Minister, Ministry of Energy, Chile-  PDF

·    Mr. Carlos A. Flórez P., Executive Secretary, Latin American Energy Organization, OLADE -  PDF

·    Mr. Eduardo Dopazo, Fund Program Manager, Carbon Finance Unit, The World Bank

·    Mr. Carlos Álvarez, Vice-President, Economic Development Agency, CORFO

10:30 – 10:45


10:45 – 11:45

Biofuels and local sustainable development impacts

Panelists will provide an overview of options for biofuels programs, discuss barriers for the purposes of the CDM (or other carbon offset mechanism) and address challenges in regards to maximizing local development benefits. For a heterogeneous audience, this session will overall share knowledge on sustainable production and use of biofuels.

Moderator:  Mr. Byron Chiliquinga, OLADE

·    Mr. Hugo Altomonte, Officer-in-Charge, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Division, ECLAC

·    Mr. Jorge Rogat, UNEP/Risoe Centre

·    Mr. Francisco Charry, Director, Environmental Business & Technologies Ltda

·    Mr. Ricardo de Gusmao, Director Renewable Fuels, Ministry of Energy & Mines, Brazil (*)

Pioneering the programmatic CDM

The CDM programmatic approach has generated large expectations as an improved modality to leverage the largely untapped demand side energy efficiency potential. How does it work in theory and in practice? What are the expectations and the challenges? This session will take stock of the opportunities that exist in the EE sector in Latin America and the means to realize these opportunities.

Moderator:  Mr. Oscar Coto, Energía, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo S.A. (EMA)

·    Mr. Pablo Obrador, Senior Project Manager, KfW Carbon Fund -  PDF

·    Mr. Rafael Lorenzini, Director, Clean Production Centre, Chile -  PDF

·    Mr. Martin Enderlin, Director, Ecosecurities -  PDF

·    Mr. Rodrigo Castellanos, Cool nrg Carbon Investments (*)

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00

Making forestry carbon work for LAC Region

Historically, forestry has been strongly represented in Latin America but with the current CDM the overall impact has been limited. Looking at the current international negotiations on REDD, this session will look at ways the forestry activities and their carbon potential can be made workable within Latin America.

Moderator:  Mr. Aquiles Neuenschwander, Forest Advisor, Foundation for Agricultural Innovation

·    Mr. William Alpizar, Coordinator, Costa Rican Joint Implementation Office (OCIC)

·    Ms. Marzena Chodor, DG Environment, European Commission PDF

·    Ms. Gabriela Fontenla, Climate Change Specialist, CARE-Peru  PDF

·    Mr. Luis Salgado, Project Manager,   EcoRessources PDF

Voluntary mechanisms for emission reductions at corporate level

In the absence of emission limitation obligations or carbon accounting guidelines, many companies have developed their own strategies to contribute to climate change mitigation efforts. Panelists will provide different examples for voluntary climate action at corporate level – hinting at how companies can seek programs and measures for GHG reductions within or beyond their own operations.

Moderator:   Mr. Dante Pesce, Director, Vincular-RSE, Valparaiso Catholic University -  PDF

·    Mr. Giovanni Barontini, CDP Coordinator for Latin America, Fabrica Ethica -  PDF

·    Ms. Silvia Guzmán, Director, Environment Department, Telefonica S.A.

·    Ms. Carolina Illanes, Country Manager, South Pole Carbon Asset Management -  PDF

13:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:30

Panel:  Progress to date with 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 panel will examine progress made regarding Program of Activities under the CDM, in terms of methodological and regulatory certainty as well as initial lessons learnt from pilot program activities under preparation.

Moderator: Mr. Francisco Avendaño, First Climate

·    Mr. Kai-Uwe Schmidt, Secretary to the CDM Executive Board, UNFCCC Secretariat

·    Mr. Sergio Jáuregui, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, AES Climate Solutions -  PDF

·    Mr. Bjoern Dransfeld, CDM/JI Specialist, Perspectives PDF

15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:45

Panel:  Sectoral Approaches: a way to scale-up emission reductions?

In the discussions for the need to scale up the CDM, the parties have been discussing the possible use of the sectoral approaches as a way to allow a simplified access of industry into the CDM mechanism. This session will discuss whether the implementation of sectoral approaches can deliver on their promise and in order to do so what will be required to implement the Sectoral Approaches.

Moderator: Mr. Carlos Echevarria, Senior Financial Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

·    Mr. Reginald Hernaus, Co-Chair, DNA Forum -  PDF

·    Mr. José Alberto Garibaldi, Director, Energeia -  PDF

·    Ms. María Paz Cigarán, Director, Libelula PDF

16:45 – 17:00


17:00 -18:15

Joint Plenary:  Future of the Mechanisms – a renewed opportunity for Latin America?

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 prospects for registered CDM projects and associated CER streams, the future of the CDM instrument, and the role of evolving market mechanisms in any post 2012 regime.

Moderator: Mr. Joseluis Samaniego, Director Sustainable Development, ECLAC

·    Mr. Eduardo Sanhueza, Director, Cambio Climático & Desarrollo -  PDF

·    Mr. Eduardo Dopazo, Fund Program Manager, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank -  PDF

·    Mr. David Corregidor, Deputy Director Environment, ENDESA -  PDF

·    Mr. Federico López, Deputy Manager, Environmental Protection, Federal Power Comission (CFE), Mexico -  PDF




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