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LACCF 2015 - Presentations


Wednesday September 9 · 2015

08:30 - 09:00



Opening Ceremony

Host Welcome Address:

Antonio Molpeceres, UN Resident Cordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

Luis Estanislao Echebarría, Representative, Inter-American Development Bank

John Christensen, Director, UNEP DTU Partnership

Ligia Castro, Head Environment and Climate Change, CAF

Fernando Ferreira, Executive Secretary, OLADE

Ministerial Keynote Address:

Pablo Badenier Martínez, Minister of the Environment, Chile


LACCF 2015 Press Conference

Plenary 1

Decarbonizing Development: Opportunities & Challenges in INDC Implementation in the Context of Long Term Mitigation Goals

By 2100, the international community aims to have a goal of stabilizing climate change by reducing net emissions of carbon dioxide to zero. But under business as usual scenarios, regional GHG emissions would increase over the current level to about 7 GT even after accounting for continuing the pattern of reductions in land-use related emissions and of improvements in energy efficiency. This plenary session would discuss how regional planning can help lay the foundation for both a stable climate and a good development path, so countries can create enabling environments to decarbonize development.

Moderator: John Christensen, Director UNEP


  1. Teresa Ribera, Director IDDRI, France
  2. Walter Vergara, Climate Specialist WRI, USA
  3. Giles Dickson, Vice President Global Public Affairs, Alstom, France
  4. JoseLuis Samaniego, Director, ECLAC
12:30 - 13:45

Lunch Break

Plenary 2

Carbon Pricing in Latin America

In 2015, close to 40 jurisdictions representing almost a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), are putting a price on carbon. The total value of carbon pricing mechanisms globally including ETS and carbon taxes at just under USD 50 billion. This plenary session will explore the role of carbon pricing in Latin America and what mitigation efforts the region is taking to combat climate change.

Moderator: Dirk Forrister, President & CEO (IETA)


  1. Marcelo Mena, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Environment, Chile - PDF
  2. Fábio Marques, Director, IBÁ/Plantar Carbon, Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forest and Agriculture, Brazil - PDF
  3. Andrew Howard, Manager, UNFCCC
  4. Ligia Castro, Head Environment and Climate Change, CAF
  5. Alexandre Kossoy, Senior Financial Specialist, World Bank - PDF
Plenary 3

Accelerating Energy Efficiency Action and Investment in the LAC Region

The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative has one of its three interlinked objective to double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. The SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework (2015) showed that the rate of improvement between 2010 -12 was 1.7 percent, which is considerably slower than the SE4ALL objective of an average annual improvement rate of 2.6 percent between 2010 and 2030. This plenary session will highlight current action and opportunities for improving energy efficiency in the LAC region and discuss how to increase investment flows.

Moderator: Fernando Ferreira, Executive Secretary, OLADE


  1. Daniel Bouille, Vice-President, Fundación Bariloche, Argentina
  2. Jean Acquatella, Economic Affairs Senior Official, ECLAC - PDF
  3. Enrique Rodriguez, Energy Sr. Specialist, IDB
  4. Camilo Rojas, Principal Executive, Climate Change Unit, Development Bank of Latin America, Climate Change
  5. Tim Farrell, Senior Advisor, Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency - PDF

16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break

Plenary 4

Private Sector Roundtable on Climate Finance and Clean Technologies

A new climate change regime will bring new opportunities and challenges to the private sector. Climate finance, carbon pricing, and other policy enabling frameworks and instruments will scale up investment and innovation in clean technologies throughout the region. This plenary brings together business leaders in an interactive debate on key challenges and steps to incorporate climate considerations into their regular operations, while preparing for future "clean" opportunities.

Moderator: Pablo Benitez, Program Manager, World Bank


  1. Richard Aylwin, Director of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, CODELCO, Chile
  2. Pierre Devillers, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Portfolio Management for Engie Latin America, GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America
  3. Giles Dickson, Vice President Global Public Affairs, Alstom, France
  4. Manuel Cocco, Principal, Climate Finance & Strategy Development, South Pole
18:30 - 20:30 Room: 4th FLOOR HALL

Welcome Cocktail Reception by the LACCF Partners


Thursday September 10 · 2015

08:30 - 09:00


Plenary 5

Building the Regional Green Climate Fund (GCF) Pipeline: A Dialogue Among Implementing Agencies and National Designated Authorities

With the recent GCF accreditations of Fund implementing entities in the region, and considering the work already done by many countries, a South-South cooperation dialogue amongst these entities is key to building a successful GCF project pipeline. This interactive discussion will share regional assessments to inform strategies on how to seize opportunities and overcome challenges in project preparation.

Moderator: Gloria Visconti, Climate Change Lead Specialist, IDB


  1. Rosilena Lindo Riggs, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Panama
  2. Antonio Garcia, Executive Climate Change Unit, CAF
  3. Oliver Page, Regional Technical Specialist, UNDP
  4. Massamba Thioye, Manager, UNFCCC Secretariat
  5. Alberto Paniagua, Executive Director, PROFONAMPE, Peru
10:15 - 10:45

Coffee Break

W 1

A Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality in Latin America

There is major pressure for a green growth transition toward a carbon neutral society. To achieve climate neutrality, the world needs a paradigm shift where all members of society not only reduce their footprint but also compensate for their unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions. This session will explore how individuals, government and businesses can take offsetting actions, learn about the achievements of Latin American carbon offset projects and hear the experience of stakeholders who are already taking a step forward into a climate neutral future.

Moderator: Daniel Rossetto, Managing Director, Climate Mundial, France


  1. Andrew Howard, Manager, UNFCCC - PDF
  2. Eduardo Piquero, Director, Mexico2, Mexico - PDF
  3. William Alpizar, Director of Climate Change, Ministerio del Ambiente y Energia (MINAE), Costa Rica - PDF
  4. Francisco Maciel, Director of CIOESTE, CIOESTE (Association of Municipalities), Brazil - PDF
  5. Sebastián del Valle, Origination and Strategy Director, Allcot, Spain/Argentina - PDF
W 2

National Development Banks (NDBs) and Green Finance – Financing Strategies and Modalities to Access International Green Funds to Promote Private Investment

NDBs are playing an increasing role in the national and international climate finance architecture. With the participation of representatives of NDBs of four different LAC countries, this panel will discuss the opportunities to access bilateral and international green funds through NDBs and share lessons learned on promoting private sector investment in projects that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as to the achievement of national development objectives.

Moderator: Jose Juan Gomes, Lead Financial Institution Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)


  1. Martin Salcedo, Member of the Board, Agencia Financiera de Desarrollo (AFD), Paraguay
  2. Luis Llanos, Director, Financiera Nacional, Mexico - PDF
  3. Doris Arévalo, Director of Market Intelligence, BANCOLDEX, Colombia - PDF
  4. Manuel Martínez, Chief of Studies and Design of the Financial and Investment Unit, CORFO, Chile
W 3

Renewable Energy Resources in Latin America: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategy

The Latin-American region has plenty of diverse renewable energy resources (And non-renewable). The panel will analyze the deployment of those resources in the region, including the diversification that has taken place in the last decades with the inclusion of wind, solar and geothermal. The availability of traditional resources, such as natural gas, brings to the table a new element that decision makers deal with, when defining their countries energy strategy. Including the need to tackle the GHG emission dilemma, the panel will analyze what are the options to increase the production of RE, the barriers for its deployment at large scale and the significant availability of fossil fuel resources.

Moderator: Mark Lambrides, Energy Specialist, World Bank


  1. Federico Lopez, Deputy Director, Federal Electricity Commision (CFE), Mexico
  2. Cristiano Augusto Trein, Senior Infrastructure Analyst Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil
  3. Juan Andrés Camus, Co-founder & CEO, Valhalla Energy, Global
  4. Juan Rada, Presidente del Programa Estratégico Solar de CIFES, Centro para la Innovación y el Fomento de Energías Sustentables, CIFES, Chile
W 4

Low Carbon Technologies in LAC: What can be Transferred?

Technology transfer plays an increasingly critical role in an effective global response to climate change and other environmental challenges. Promoting the transfer of environmentally sound technologies and best practices to developing countries is a key priority for all countries—developed as wellas developing— that seek to mitigate climate change impacts and build resilience. This plenary session will share the experiences of the LAC region on low carbon technologies transfer, as well as discuss the regional options, potential pace of implementation, and associated costs and benefits deriving from low carbon technologies.

Moderator: Jorge Rogat, Senior Economist, UNEP DTU


  1. Jorge Barrgih, Senior Economist, Managing partner, ADAPT, USA
  2. Daniel Bouille, Presidente Fundación Bariloche, Argentina
  3. Juan ladrón de Guevara, Director Ejecutivo del Consejo nacional de Producción Limpia, Programa de Producción Limpia, Chile - PDF
  4. Jean Aquatela, Economic Affairs Officer, ECLAC, Chile - PDF
13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

W 5

Climate and Results Based Financing: Experience from the Pilot Auction Facility (PAF) for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation

Climate finance’s leverage of private capital will be critical to meet global mitigation goals.   One such approach is being tested by the PAF for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation. The PAF is giving private investors a floor price for carbon credits by using a tradable put option and allocate the price guarantee to the most cost efficient sources of mitigation, with an initial focus on the solid, water and agricultural waste sectors. This workshop will discuss the approach taken by the PAF on its first auction, the first auctions results, and the approach’s broader application by exploring how countries could use auctions and price guarantees to target their own priority sector(s), seed an emerging emissions market, or help their project developers de-risk their investments by giving them price certainty.

Moderator: Eduardo Cardoso Filho, Technical Officer at the RCC Bogota, UNFCCC


  1. Claudia Barrera, Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank - PDF
  2. Antonio Garcia, Executive Climate Change Unit, CAF
  3. Nuno Barbosa, CDM Consultant, UniCarbo Energía e Biogás Ltda, Brazil - PDF
  4. Philipp Hauser, Vice President, Carbon Markets, GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America
W 6

Innovative Finance for Distributed Generation – Scaling up Rooftop Solar Through Aggregation

A new business model for scaling up solar energy is emerging in Latin America, third-party financing of rooftop solar systems. This model allow households and businesses to produce their own solar energy, save money on electricity bills with little or no upfront payment. But financing these projects requires innovative finance. MDBs and others development entities are employing international climate funds to overcome barriers and develop new structures to reduce risks. This session brings together companies and financiers to discuss the challenges and emerging opportunities to allow rooftop solar to rapidly expand.

Moderator: Patrick Doyle, Senior Energy and Climate Officer, IDB


  1. Ruben Escalona, Commercial Director, SunEdison, Brazil - PDF
  2. Hernan Farace, Senior Vice President of Project Finance, Latin America, Greenwood Energy
  3. Oliver Waissbein, Energy Finance Specialist, UNDP - PDF
  4. Luis Enrique Lopez, Gerente General, Efizity, Chile - PDF
W 7

MRV for Transparency and Accountability of Implementation of Mitigation Actions – Emerging Examples from LAC Countries 

Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) emerged as one of the key elements of the mitigation framework developed under the UNFCCC for mitigation actions by developing countries. The key objective of MRV is to increase the "transparency of mitigation efforts made by the developing countries’ as well as build mutual confidence among all countries". MRV of mitigation actions is also an important management tool enabling countries to track their progress in moving to a low-emission development path and in achieving sustainable development goals. This session will share the experience of LAC countries on designing and implementing MRV systems, and discuss the challenges and benefits in implementing such systems.

Moderator: Miriam Hinostroza, Head of Programme, UDP


  1. Manuel Cocco, Principal, Climate Finance & Strategy Development, South Pole
  2. Massamba Thioye, Manager, UNFCCC
  3. Vanessa Villa, Manager for LAC, Perspectives, Switzerland - PDF
  4. Jorge Mario Rodriguez, Executive Director, National Forestry Financing Fund, Costa Rica - PDF
  5. Ignacio Rebolledo, Senior Climate Change Manager, Poch Ambiental, Chile
W 8

Analysis of Public Expenditure and Institutional Framework for Climate Change in Latin America

Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (CPEIR) Methodological Guidebook seeks to equip relevant stakeholders (governments, donors, CPEIR practitioners) with information on step-by-step process, methodologies and tools to conduct a climate public expenditure and institutional review related to climate change national budgeting. Climate change requires a whole-of-government approach where finance and planning agencies take a central role to ensure economic growth and poverty reduction goals to be achieved in a sustainable manner. 6 countries are starting to apply the methodology in LAC.

Moderator: Meike Sophie Siemens, Coordinadora del Proyecto LECB-Chile, Ministry of Emvironment, Chile


  1. Gianluca Merlo, Regional Technical Analyst, Climate Change Mitigation, Environment and Energy Group, UNDP - PDF
  2. Silvia Vides (T.B.C), Oficial de Programa del Área de Resiliencia, UNDP, El Salvador
  3. Francisco Javier Pinto Pardo, Coordinador del Proyecto Gasto Climático Chile, Ministry of Emvironment, Chile - PDF
  4. Christian Rene Parra Meneses, Coordinador Proyecto LECB, Ministry of Environment, Ecuador - PDF
16:30 - 17:00

Coffee Break

Plenary 6

The New Climate Economy and Politics: LAC’s Role in Creating a New Global Agreement on Climate Change and Consequences for the Region

A new climate economy is being heralded by some leading thinkers and prominent politicians. It involves including the costs and benefits of taking ambitious climate actions today to confront what has become an existential crisis threatening Latin America and the Caribbean’s development gains. A crucial round of negotiations will culminate in Paris this December to finalize a new global agreement on climate change to come into force by 2020. LAC countries will play a vital role in Paris especially with the submissions of their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, which all countries are submitting as a central part of a new agreement. A Paris agreement could have far reaching economic, social and political consequences for the LAC region. Key aspects being considered are a long-term goal to reduce emissions, the phrasing out of fossil fuels this century, and a global price on carbon —all of which have the potential to radically change economic decision-making. Whether the region takes up ambitious climate actions depends in part on how the region performs economically, which remains a particular challenge given the vulnerability of the region’s economies to global recessions and climate impacts.

Moderator: Neeraj Prasad, Manager, World Bank


  1. Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, IETA
  2. Jose Luis Samaniego, Director, Division for Sustainable Development and Human Settlements, ECLAC
  3. Fernando Tudela, Former Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policies, Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico
  4. Frank Fannon, Head - Government Relations and Public Policy, BHP Billiton
18:30 - 20:30 Room: 4th FLOOR HALL

IETA "Round The Carbon World in 81 Days" Cocktail Reception


Friday September 11 · 2015

08:30 - 09:00


Plenary 7

Results-Based Financing as a Cost Effective Tool for Closing the Pre-2050 Gap

There is an urgent need for finding financial innovative approaches to bridge the pre-2020 gap. Result-based finance is one of the first options in the horizon that can easily achieve short-term climate impact. Over the last decade, the CDM has delivered mitigation outcomes beyond expectations and leveraged a huge amount of private sector investment, built capacity and know how. This session will engage experts to

discuss and share experience on the use of the CDM as an RBF instrument and enabling measures that would facilitate this use.

Moderator: Eduardo Calvo, Executive Board Member, UNFCCC


  1. Alejandro Miranda, Ejecutivo, Ambiente y Cambio Climático, CAF
  2. Philipp Hauser, Vice President, Carbon Markets, GDF SUEZ Energy Latin America - PDF
  3. Claudia Barrera, Senior Carbon Finance Specialist, World Bank Group - PDF
  4. Carsten Warnecke, Founding Partner, NewClimate Institute, Germany - PDF
W 9

Innovation Policies to Support Low Carbon Development in Latin America

Meeting climate change goals requires significantly efforts to diffuse existing technologies and to develop and deploy new ones. Private and public investment need to be steeply ramped up to hundreds of billions of dollars annually by a combination of "technology push" and "market pull" policies. Diffusing low carbon technology requires much more than shipping ready-to-use equipment to countries; it requires building absorptive capacity and enhancing the ability of the public and private sectors to identify, adopt, adapt, improve, and employ the most appropriate technologies. This session explores the importance of innovation in the energy sector and how innovation policies can support low carbon development goals.

Moderator: Ron Benioff, International Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA - PDF


  1. Hernán Blanco, Process Leader, MAPS Chile, Chile
  2. Fernando Tudela, Former Undersecretary of Planning and Environmental Policies, Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Mexico
  3. Pablo Benitez, Program Manager, World Bank
  4. Rodrigo Palma, Director of Solar Energy Research Center, SERC Chile, Chile
W 10

Climate Smart Agriculture and REDD+ for Low Carbon Development Strategies at the INDCs

The agriculture and forestry sectors are highly relevant in the economic development strategies of the region and are also an important source of its GHG emissions. In these circumstances, they are an essential part, or will be, of the strategies that countries intend in order to decouple its economic growth of such emissions. An assessment of the role given to these sectors by the LAC countries in achieving the INDC objectives, the role that carbon markets and NAMAs have played to date for this purpose and the financial opportunities in the future will be presented in this workshop.

Moderator: Hugo Martinez, Advisor, Ministry of Agriculture, Chile


  1. Kaisa Karttunen, Senior Climate Change Officer, Climate, Energy and Tenure Division, FAO - PDF
  2. Adrian Rodriguez, Manager, Agriculture division, ECLAC - PDF
  3. Laura Noguer, Regional Director, VCS - PDF
  4. Benedicto Lucas, Executive Secretary, National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP), Guatemala - PDF
11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break

W 11

Buying Low, Flying High? Aviation, Climate Action, and Markets

This session explores recent low-carbon opportunities and trends across the aviation sector. Aviation industry experts will discuss airline climate leadership, goals, learnings, and outlooks. Expert panelists will also discuss the status of, and potential (LAC) regional opportunities linked to, ongoing talks in designing the first-ever mechanism to help the global aviation sector meet its post-2020 carbon neutral targets.

Moderator: Laura Noguer, Directora Regional para Sudamérica / Regional Director for South America, Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)


  1. Michael Schneider, Assistant Director, Carbon Offset Program, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  2. Alexandre Kossoy, Senior Financial Specialist, World Bank - PDF
  3. Jane Hupe, Chief of the Environmental Unit, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
  4. Enrique Guzman, Senior Environmental Manager, LAN Airlines
  5. Rafael Grillo, High Meadows Fellow, International Aviation Environmental Policy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) - PDF
W 12

NAMA Market Place

This session aims to facilitate implementation of NAMAs and to that end will provide countries with mature NAMAs that are ready to be implemented and will provide a space for those countries to present their NAMAs to a panel of public and private donors/investors.

Moderator: Miriam Hinostroza, Head of Programme Low Carbon Development, UNEP DTU


  1. Gerald Lindo, Senior Technical Officer, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Change, Jamaica
  2. Ivan Relova, Technical Expert, Cubaenergia, Cuba
  3. Moisés Álvarez, Director, Consejo Nacional para el Cambio Climático y el MDL, Dominican Republic - PDF
  4. Christian Rene Parra Meneses, Coordinador Proyecto LECB Ministry of Environment, Ecuador - PDF
  5. Oliver Page, Energy and Climate Change Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP
  6. Carmen Arguello, GCF reprentative for LAC, GCF
  7. Søren Lutken, Manager, Nama Facility
  8. Carlos Cordova, Climate Change Officer, World Bank
12:45 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Plenary 8

Future of Carbon Markets and Their Role in Enhancing Ambition: Challenges and Opportunities on the Road to Paris

Transitioning to a low carbon and climate resilient economies requires well-structured regulatory, economic and financial instruments to catalyze investment. Carbon Markets have proven to be a vehicle for fast, cost effective achievements of the international climate change objectives. This session will explore how private capital can be leveraged through the use of carbon market mechanisms and how it can be incentivized to achieve greater ambition. COP 21 in Paris provides a key opportunity to help shape the carbon markets of the future. This session will feature carbon market experts share their expectations and hopes for the 2015 Agreement.

Moderator: Eduardo Calvo, Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru


  1. Marcelo Rocha, Adviser, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil
  2. Dirk Forrister, President & Chief Executive Officer, IETA
  3. John Kilani, Director, UNFCCC
  4. Andrei Marcu, Deputy Director of the Energy Climate House CEPS, Brussels
15:15 - 15:45

Closing Ceremony

Closing Remarks

  1. Neeraj Prasad, Manager, Climate Change Knowledge & Partnerships, World Bank Group
  2. John Kilani, Director, United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  3. Dirk Forrister, President & Chief Executive Officer, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)





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