About

ABOUT

about

The Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation aims to inform Nordic and international efforts towards and beyond carbon neutrality. It brings Nordic actors together to co-create a robust and coherent Nordic best practice approach to voluntary compensation of greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nordic countries have committed to “intensify their cooperation to […] encourage Nordic companies, investors, local governments, cities, organizations and consumers to step up their efforts towards carbon neutrality” (Helsinki Declaration on Nordic Carbon Neutrality, January 2019).

Many Nordic non-state actors are already pursuing efforts towards and even beyond carbon neutrality by complementing their own mitigation actions with voluntarily compensating remaining emissions with mitigation outcomes. Mitigation outcomes include emission reductions and avoidance as well as carbon dioxide removals.

The Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation aims to inform Nordic and international efforts towards and beyond carbon neutrality efforts. It fosters a common understanding of key issues and concepts and promotes the robustness, coherence and transparency of voluntary compensation of greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the principles and long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Dialogue brings Nordic actors together to co-create recommendations and action points for a Nordic best practice approach to voluntary compensation, drawing on and complementing relevant international initiatives.

WORKING GROUP

Working group

The Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation is supported by a Working Group, consisting of stakeholders from all Nordic countries. Key outputs of the Dialogue, such as the draft Nordic Code of Best Practice for Voluntary Compensation, are a result of a co-creation process with the Working Group. They do not, however, represent any formal position or consensus of the members of the Working Group or their organisations.

We are very grateful for the support and input received from the members of the Working Group, including:

Anna Denell, Vasakronan
Arnar Gauti Guðmundsson, Icelandair
Asbjørn Torvanger, CICERO
Bård I. Hamre, Equinor
Bernt Nordman, WWF Finland
Claire Wigg and Filip Dessle, ZeroMission
Elaine Gardiner (until April 2022), Haglöfs
Elise Roc, Northern Lights
Guðmundur Sigbergsson and Heidi Aardal, International Carbon Registry
Gunnlaugur Guðjónsson, Icelandic Forest ServiceHanne Siikavirta and Ville Laasonen, Finnish Ministry of Environment
Haukur Logi Jóhannsson, Icelandic Standards
Jens Olejak and Johan Eliasson, South Pole Sweden
Johan Møller Nielsen, Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities,
Jyri Seppälä and Johanna Niemistö, Finnish Environment Institute
John Nordbo, Care Danmark
Karen Holm Olsen, UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre
Kari Hämekoski, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation
Karin Bergbom, Ecolabelling Finland
Kati Kulovesi, Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, University of Eastern Finland
Lasse Leipola, Finnwatch
Marianne Tikkanen, Puro.earth
Niklas Kaskeala, Compensate Foundation
Nina Elomaa (from January 2022) and Senja Forsman-Katainen (until December 2021), SOK
Ola Hansén (until December 2021), WWF Sweden
Peer Stiansen, Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment
Stig Schjølset, Zero
Thomas Larsen, EatCO2
Ulrika Raab, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

FAQ

FAQ

For FAQs on voluntary compensation and the Nordic Dialogue, head to our FAQ page here.