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Day 1: Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Day 1

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

08:00 – 10:00

Registration & Visit the Exhibition   

10:00 – 10:45

Opening Ceremony:    Welcome by Host Country and LAC Carbon Forum Partners

·    H.E. Rafael Francisco Alburquerque de Castro, Vice-President of the Dominican Republic

·    Mara Angélica Murillo Correa, Deputy Regional Director, UNEP

·    Roby Senderowitsch, Country Manager, Dominican Republic, LAC region, The World Bank

·    Carlos Flórez, Executive Secretary, OLADE

·  Manuel Labrado, Resident Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank in the Dominican Republic

·    Henry Derwent, CEO, IETA

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:15

Plenary 1:   Taking stock:  state & trends of the global carbon market

Although the carbon market has demonstrated resilience throughout the global economic downturn, the lack of clarity regarding the post-2012 climate framework has contributed to the retraction of supply and demand sides of existing regimes. Still, new initiatives in developing and developed countries are emerging, exploring market-based approaches for climate change solutions. This plenary will address the question whether carbon finance remains as an important tool to provide incentives to a shift to a lower carbon development path, with particular attention given to the Latin American region.

Moderator:  Maria Netto, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Sustainable Energy & Climate Change Unit, ADB


·    Alex Kossoy, Senior Financial Specialist, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank

·    Jørgen Fenhann, Senior Scientist, UNEP Risø Centre

·    Thomas Black A., Executive Director, Andean Center for Economics in the Environment (CAEMA)

12:15 – 13:45

Lunch Break

13:45 – 15:00

Plenary 2:

Ten years CDM experience in Latin America & the Caribbean: achievements, lessons & challenges

The CDM, a mechanism implemented under a learning-by-doing approach, has fostered the development of projects that mitigate GHG emissions while contributing to sustainable development. At the same time, critiques are made regarding the ability of the mechanism to maintain environmental integrity and developing into a mature and predictable mechanism. Drawing from their experience with CDM in Latin American countries, the panelists will review the achievements and lessons since the beginning of carbon finance activities in the early 2000s, and will share their views on recommendations for carbon finance mechanisms going forward.

Moderator:     John Christensen, Head, UNEP Risø Centre

Presentation:  Jose Andreu, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank


·    Oscar Coto, Director, Energía, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (EMA S.A.), Costa Rica

·    Mary Gómez, Senior Executive, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

·    Luis Lopez-Martinelli, Business Unit Manager, DNV, Climate Change & Environmental Services

15:00 – 15:15

Coffee break

15:15 – 16:30

Plenary 3:   The future of the climate regime and its implications for the carbon market

As Parties to the UNFCCC are moving forward to negotiate a new multilateral climate agreement, different options are emerging as well as new ideas on the role of market instruments to support scaled up mitigation efforts.  Experts will discuss what are the elements needed for a succesful outcome and the future key features of an evolving carbon market.

Moderator:      Daniel Bouille, Vice-President, Fundación Barilochepublic


·    Carlos Fuller, Deputy Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C), Belize

·    Reginald Hernaus, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, The Netherlands

·    Eduardo Reyes, CEO, LEMAX International, Panama

·    Edwin Aalders, Partner, Business Development, IDEAcarbon

16:30 – 16:45

Coffee break

16:45– 18:00

Plenary 4:   Update on US climate policy developments: what can LAC region expect?

Emerging low-carbon policies and legislation in the US will have major implications for Latin America: new opportunities will emerge across the region as businesses in the north develop new ways of operating in a carbon-constrained economy.  Climate and policy experts will discuss the picture of state, regional, and federal climate policies in existence and under development across North America.

Moderator:      David Hunter, US Director, IETA

Presentation:  Robert Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program


·    David Nussbaum, Renewable Energy, Evolution Markets.

·    Eric Haxthausen, Director, U.S. Climate Change Policy, The Nature Conservancy. 


Visit the Exhibition



Day 2: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day 2

Thursday, October 14, 2010

8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Visit the Exhibition

9:00 – 10:15

Plenary 5:   Programmatic CDM --- emerging lessons and challenges ahead

In an effort to reduce transaction costs in the CDM and expand the mechanism’s applicability to small project activities and less successful countries the “programme of activities” (PoA) was introduced by the CDM Executive Board in 2005. This expansion to POAs is widely appreciated and considered as an important development of the CDM. However only three projects have been registered so far. The reasons for the slow start of PoAs are many. This session will provide an overview of the experiences and lessons learnt worldwide so far, examining the possibilities for PoAs in Latin America and the Caribbean while featuring the challenges ahead.

Moderator:      Carlos Flórez, Executive Secretary, OLADE           

Presentation:   Guido Schmidt-Traub, CDC Climat


·    Wenceslao Carrera, Director, CDM Office, CUBANERGIA, Ministry of Science, Technology & Env., Cuba

·    André Aguilar, KfW Carbon Fund 

·    Oscar Coto, Director, Energía, Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (EMA S.A.), Costa Rica

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break & Visit the Exhibition


Sectors & Technologies (Room A)

Financing (Room B)

10:30 – 11:30

Sector 1 - Energy Efficiency: examples of POAs in the Latin American & Caribbean region

This session will take stock of the existing opportunities for EE in Latin America and the Caribbean, the means to carry out these opportunities, especially CDM POAs and the main challenges for the sector. There will be a special focus on regulatory frameworks vs. market regimes for EE in the region through examples of how EE projects are being implemented via PoAs. 

Moderator:   Eduardo Noboa, Renewable Resources and Env. Coordinator, OLADE


·    José Francisco Charry, Manager, Environmental Business and Technologies (EB&T)

·    Iván Relova, Specialist, CDM Office, CDM Office, CUBANERGIA, Ministry of Science, Technology & Env., Cuba

·    François Joubert, Global Head for Environmental Products, EDF Trading  

Theme1 - Voluntary Carbon Markets: demand, standards and opportunities

Voluntary markets offer a continuing source of value for carbon reduction projects even when compliance markets are slow to develop.  But where is the greatest likely demand and which out of many possible standards offer the best prospects for returns?  This session will help identify real opportunities by offering a guide to the current and likely future voluntary markets.

Moderator:    Phil Covell, Bussines Analyst, Forest Trends


·    Molly Peters-Stanley, Voluntary Carbon, Carbon Program Ecosystem Market Place

·    Aditi Sen, Coordinator, VCS Program

·    Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun, Managing Director, Ecoresources

11:30 – 11:45

Short break

11:45 – 12:45

Sector 2 – Promoting renewable energies and grids: carbon finance and other support policies

40% of registered CDM projects hosted in the Latin America and the Caribbean region come from the Renewable Energy sector. This session will examine the potential contribution of carbon markets for expansion of RE technologies in the region.

Moderator: Cletus Springer, Director,  Renewable Energy & Climate Change Division, Organization of American States (OAS)


·    Thomas Scheutzlich, Principal Advisor, Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme, GTZ-CARICOM

·    Wesley McLeod, Consultant, Solar Optimization Limited

·    Arturo Matte, Corporate Environmental Affairs, Empresas Coipsa S.A.

Theme 2 - Mobilizing venture capital/private equity for low-carbon technologies

VC/PE investment has a major role for scaling up private investment in low-carbon technologies. Carbon markets are one means of enhancing returns of VC/PE investment in this area. Investment opportunities exist in many LAC countries making regulatory changes conducive to investment and/or developing their clean technology sectors.

Moderator: Christina Kappaz, Associate, Cimarron Capital Partners, LLC


·    John Paul Moscarella, Senior Managing Director, Emerging Energy and Environment LLC

·    Marco G. Monroy, Partner, MGM Innova Capital

·    Artur Lokomet, Market Development, Coal & Emissions desk, EnBW Trading, GmbH

12:45 – 14:00



14:00 – 15:00

Sector 3 - Opportunities for GHG reduction in the solid waste management sector

The solid waste management sector has an interesting CDM potential in the LAC countries, which has not been fully exploited. This session will review successful regional experiences in solid waste management, as well as explore further options to expand SWM practices beyond landfills.

Moderator:    Christopher Godlove, EPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program, Climate Change Division, US EPA


·    Sergio Durandeu, General Manager, KDM Energía

·    Michael van Brunt, Manager, Sustainability Group, Covanta Energy

·    Daniel Nolasco, President, Nolasco & Associates 


Theme 3 - Managing market, regulatory, and financial risks for carbon portfolios

Taking full account of carbon emissions, in order to guard against changing market preferences, export requirements, accounting standards or domestic compliance regimes, requires new short and long-term corporate strategies.  This session looks at the way different business stakeholders in the region are looking at carbon risks and opportunities, and the challenges managers must address to thrive in a carbon-conscious and carbon-constrained world.

Moderator:    Jan Kappen, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, UNEP


·    Mario Lopez Alcalá, Morgan Stanley Capital International

·    Brice Quesnel, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank

·    Adrián Rodríguez Montfort, Coordinator for Commercial Development, DNV

15:00 - 15:15


15:15 – 16:15

Sector 4 - The oil and gas sector: CDM experiences and opportunities in the LAC region

The oil and gas sector remains, to a large extent, an untapped market. Panelists will discuss main barriers that have lead to a limited use of carbon finance in this sector. In looking ahead, this session will explore areas envisaged for the CDM in this sector.

Moderator:    Eduardo Noboa, Renewable Resources and Env. Coordinator, OLADE

·    Kristian Brüning, Development & Financial Services, Wärtsilä

·    Eduardo Coelho Corrêa, Manager, Thermal Systems, Fuels and Emissions, Petrobras

·    Carlos Gonzalez Molinos, Climate Change Manager, Carbon Trading, Repsol

Theme 4 - Low Carbon Development Plans

The transition to a low carbon economy poses enormous challenge for developing countries. This session will discuss current initiatives towards supporting low carbon development models at a transformational scale that some countries in the region are starting to develop.

Moderator: Miriam Hinostroza, Manager, Energy and Carbon Finance Programme, UNEP Risoe Centre

·    Christophe de Gouvello, Senior Energy Specialist World Bank, World Bank Energy Cluster for Latin America (LCSEG)

·    Katherine Dunn, Coordinator, Carbon 2012, UNDP

·    Francisco Sancho, Researcher, INCAE

16:15 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 17:45

Plenary 6:     

Next generation of market instruments: options to support implementation of NAMAs

The world continues to look for carbon offsetting instruments that are capable of scaling up the CDM to levels consistent with the size of the emissions reduction task in developing countries. Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) may offer new possibilities of increasing foreign investment flows to developing countries while increasing the share of emissions reductions benefits by e.g. trading them with other countries. But how can NAMAs be turned into a predictable instrument that will tempt investors beyond the boundaries of the CDM? This session will discuss the next type of market instruments needed to support the implementation of NAMAs in developing countries.

Moderator: Kai-Uwe Barani SCHMIDT, Acting Manager, WBI Climate Change Practice


·    Francisco Sancho, Researcher, INCAE

·    Henry Derwent, CEO, IETA

·    Jorge Barrigh, Senior Climate Change & Carbon Finance Consultant

·    Sandra Lopez, Ministry of Environment, Colombia

Room C

Workshops organized by forum partners and supporting organizations

10:30 – 11:30

W1: The agriculture sector experience and major achievements on carbon markets

11:45 – 12:45

W2: Knowledge management for enhanced use of carbon finance

15:15 – 16:15

W4: Using post-2012 Emissions Reduction in the European Compliance Market



Day 3: Friday, October 15, 2010


Day 3

Friday, October 15, 2010

9:00 – 10:15

Plenary 7:    Scaling up climate finance: past experience and new possibilities

The scale of climate finance needed to address climate change is magnitudes greater than what is currently in play, Parties and observers alike have put forward ideas of how to vastly increase capital flows. Latin American governments, in particular, have been very supportive of ideas for new mechanisms to generate private sector climate finance. This session will look at existing proposals for scaling up climate finance by drawing lessons from past experience with the CDM and new approaches such as green bonds, etc.

Moderator: Henry Derwent, CEO, IETA

Presentation:  Dolores Barrientos, Climate Change Specialist, IADB

·    Imtiaz Ahmed, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley

·    Anmol Vanamali, Manager - Finance & Admin / International Policy Analyst, Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP)

·    Alex Kossoy, Senior Financial Specialist, Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank

·    Daniele Violetti, Coordinator, United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing (AGF Group)

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break


Sectors & Technologies (Room A)

Financing (Room B)

10:30 – 11:45

Sector 5 - Mobilizing carbon finance for sustainable urban transport

This session will discuss the role of carbon finance for supporting sustainable urban transport in Latin-America and the Caribbean. Speakers will share experiences with urban transport under the CDM, discussing obstacles encountered and lessons learnt.

Moderator: Cornie Huizenga, Joint Convener, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport

·    Camilo Rojas, Senior Executive Environment, CAF

·    Darío Hidalgo, Senior Transport Engineer, EMBARQ, World Resources Institute

·    Hilda Martínez, Manager, Air Quality and Climate Change, Center for Sustainable Transport, Mexico

Theme 5 - Public-private partnerships to foster carbon markets: piloting schemes under CDM Programs

This session will explore public-private partnership arrangements under the Programmatic CDM. This is particularly relevant for PoAs where program developers face multiple functions required for an effective PoA Coordinating Entity.

Moderator: Jose Andreu, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank

·    Gianluca Merlo,  General Manager South America, South Pole

·    Jose Antonio Urteaga, Deputy Director for Climate Change, Semarnat, Mexico

·    Daniel Magallón, Managing Director, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

11:45 – 12:00

Short break

12:00 – 13:00

Sector 6 - Tourism and Carbon Finance: potentials and challenges in the Caribbean  

The tourism industry is a main supporting pillar of the economy in many Caribbean countries.  This session will look at the untapped potential to apply CDM in the tourism sector, such as energy efficiency, which can help to solve the misuse of resources or minimize energy losses.

Moderator:   Gerard Alleng, Climate Change Specialist, IDB

·    Myriam Leblanc, Development Director, Econoler 

·    Earl Green, Deputy Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

·    Bill Meade, Director, Tetratech

Theme 6 - Capital and financial markets as channels for scaling up low carbon investment

Panelists will discuss the crucial role of capital markets and financial institutions for mobilizing private capital and promoting investments in programs and initiatives that bring about carbon emissions reductions.

Moderator: Michael Rattinger, Climate Change Economist, IADB

·    Marcelo Campos Battisti, Manager, Credit & Socio-Environmental Risk Assessment, Itaú BBA Unibanco

·    Franco Piza, Environmental Manager, Bancolombia

·    Daniel Magallón, Managing Director, Basel Agency for Sustainable Energy

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Sector 7 - Implementing REDD+: what are the roles for the private and the public sectors?

The discussion on how to ‘Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation’ (REDD) has been one of the fastest moving issues within the UNFCCC negotiations. However, there are divergent views on the role of market instruments and, in particular, of the private sector and project-based crediting activities. This session will discuss possible roles for the private and public sectors, highlighting the impact that crediting level has on the ability of the private sector to play a strong role.

Moderator:   Mauricio Zaballa, Senior Scientist, UNEP Risoe Centre

·    Omar Samayoa, Rainforest Alliance

·    Yougha von Laer, MBA, MSc Forestry, Forestry Project Manager Latin America, South Pole Carbon México

·    Julia Justo, Executive Director, FONAM Peru

·    Eduardo Reyes, President, LEMAX Internacional, Panama


Theme 7 - Role of national development banks for catalyzing carbon investment

National development banks can play a crucial role in the development of carbon finance projects and markets, for instance by getting access to attractive sources of long term international funding in support of local carbon projects or by developing economies of aggregation and scale in their respective domestic credit markets. This session features experience to date of some National Development Banks of the region in their efforts to develop and enhance the carbon market in their respective countries.

Moderator: José Juan Gomes, Lead Financial Markets Specialist, IDB

·    Carlos Paredes, Director, Business Management, Corp. Financiera de Desarrollo (COFIDE), Peru

·    Romy Calderón, Chief Economist, Latin American Association of Development Financing Institutions (ALIDE)

·    Roberto Corvalán Paiva, Secretario Ejecutivo, Fundación para la Transferencia Tecnológica (Chile)

15:00 – 15:15

Coffee break & visit the exhibition

15:15 – 16:15

Plenary 8:    Prospects of the carbon market in Latin America and the Caribbean

The role the private sector can play in mobilising capital to address climate mitigation actions is increasingly being recognized by a broader spectrum of policymakers and business leaders in LAC region. Nevertheless, the manner in which this capital can be made available requires the right framework in which investments can be made. This session will debate the type of policies and sectoral planning that is needed to ensure long-term carbon financing and support a less carbon intensive development path.

Moderator:  Omar Ramirez, Secretary of State, National Council on Climate Change, Dominican Republic

·    Julia Justo, Executive Director, FONAM Peru

·    Oliver Page, Regional Advisor, Climate Change Mitigation, UNDP

·    Daniele Violetti, UNFCCC

16:15 – 17:00

Closing Ceremony

Room C

Workshops organized by forum partners and supporting organizations

10:30 – 11:45

W5:    The Dominican Republic’s potentials and national action plan for CDM projects






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