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Innovate4Climate 2021 - Workshops

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Update: All Innovate4Climate 2021 networking events have been recorded and are available to registered participants here.

To promote knowledge exchange on various topics in climate finance, climate investment, climate markets and climate policy, Innovate4Climate, a global conference - hosted by the World Bank Group, has been held once a year since 2017. It brings together leaders from business, banking, finance, policy, and technology to exchange and share expertise in delivering low-emission, robust solutions.

This year's Innovate4Climate will take place virtually from May 25-27, offering interested parties a broad program of opportunities for information and discussion. The central element of the event is the workshop program. It offers companies and organizations the opportunity to present their ideas, solutions and initiatives. The workshops are based on the four areas of markets, finance, politics and technology.

Selected workshops are presented below. To view the entire agenda and register for the individual workshops, free registration is required at


Aligning Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) with Long Term Strategies (LTS) on Climate: Opportunities and Challenges in Africa
Tuesday, May 25: 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm (CEST)

In this workshop, experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges of the interaction between Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long Term Strategies (LTS) in the field of climate change activities in Africa.


  • Stephan Hoch (Perspectives Climate Group)
  • Bob Natif (Climate Change Department)
  • Sven Egbers (GIZ Uganda)
  • Magaret Barihaihi (NDC Partnership)
  • Siddharth Pathak (2050 Pathway)

More Information (Registration for the I4C required)


Avoiding a mismatch between demand and supply: What do buyers really expect from the voluntary carbon market?
Tuesday, May 25: 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm (CEST)

This workshop focuses on the demand side of the VCM to shed some light on private companies’ and other potential buyers’ needs and expectations. Preliminary findings from ongoing research that explores companies’ positions will be presented, while representatives from private companies that have adopted science-based targets will outline the envisaged role for the VCM as part of their mitigation strategies.

Organisation: BMU; Wuppertal Institute


  • Malin Ahlberg (BMU)
  • Daniela Feuchtmayr (BMW Group)
  • Florian Eickhold (atmosfair)
  • Nicolas Kreibich (Wuppertal Institute)
  • Christof Arens (Wuppertal Institute)

More Information (Registration for the I4C required)


Conditionality and Article 6: An Analysis of updated NDCs of African countries
Tuesday, May 25: 5:30 pm - 6:20 pm (CEST)

The workshop will present the study "Conditionality and Article 6: An analysis of updated NDCs of African countries", which analyzes the development of conditionality and its implementation with a focus on Africa. Experts will discuss how conditional and unconditional elements can affect eligibility for Article 6.

Organisation: Climate Focus; Perspectives Climate Group


  • Stephan Hoch (Perspectives Climate Group)
  • El Hadji Mbaye Diagne (Afrique-Energie-Environment)
  • Mischa Classen (KliK Foundation)
  • Sandra Greiner (Climate Focus)
  • Anne Nyatichi Omambia (National Environment Authority, NEMA)

More Information (Registration for the I4C required)


Update on Article 6 Negotiations
Tuesday, May 25: 7:00 pm -7:50 pm (CEST)

The UNFCCC Secretariat will provide an update on the current status of intergovernmental negotiations on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and related activities in preparation for COP26.

Organisation: UNFCCC


  • Dirk Forrister (IETA)
  • Amy Steen (UNFCCC)
  • Hugh Sealy (Government of Barbados)
  • Peer Stiansen (Ministry of Climate and Environment)

More Information (Registration for the I4C required)


Opportunities and challenges in designing Article 6 methodological approaches – eliciting stakeholder perspectives
Wednesday, May 26: 5:00 pm - 5:50 pm (CEST)

This workshop will discuss a range of issues related to operationalizing the principles of the Paris Agreement under Article 6. A key question will be how to reconcile baseline setting and additionality determination with the levels of ambition needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Organisation: Perspectives Climate Research


  • Axel Michaelowa (Perspectives Climate Research, University of Zurich)
  • Hanna-Mari Ahonen (Perspectives Climate Research)
  • Thomas Forth (BMU)
  • Nils Westling (Swedish Energy Agency)
  • Kazuhisa Koakutsu (Ministry of the Environment, Japan)

More Information (Registration for the I4C required)


Maximising impact with a Paris-aligned voluntary carbon market
Wednesday, May 26: 8:00 pm – 8:50 pm (CEST)

The voluntary carbon market has reached a turning point. Significant developments in this regard are coming from the private sector (Task Force on Scaling the VCM), civil society (Science Based Targets' Net Zero Guidance), and most importantly, international politics (Article 6 negotiations). This event will highlight key challenges and opportunities related to the evolution of the market.

Organisation: Gold Standard


  • Sarah Leugers (Gold Standard)
  • Owen Hewlett (Gold Standard)
  • Debbie Reed (Ecosystem Services Market Consortium, ESMC)
  • Kerstin Burghaus (Atmosfair)
  • Timothy Mealey (Meridian Istitute)

More Information (Registration for the I4C required)


Analysing the Eastern Africa Carbon Market Portfolio
Thursday, May 27: 4:30 pm - 4:20 pm (CEST)

East Africa has a portfolio of CDM projects and there is concern among countries about the fate of activities as they transition to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. This workshop will focus on analyzing the projects in the region and highlight the status and potential for the future.


  • Bianca Gichangi (Eastern Africa Alliance on Carbon Markets an Climate Finance)
  • Tim Cowman (Carbon Africa)
  • Ritah Rukundo (GIZ Global Carbon Market Program in Uganda and East Africa)
  • Anne Omambia (NEMA)
  • Owen Hewlett (Gold Standard)

More Information (Registration for the I4C required)

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