Events

Events

Events

January 2024: Stakeholder event in helsinki on credible claims

A stakeholder event on credible climate claims took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 23 January 2024 at 9:00-12:00 EET. The event raised awareness of the good practices of climate claims in the voluntary use of carbon credits, gathering Finnish stakeholders together to share their views and experiences and discuss cooperation opportunities.

The event was conducted in two parts. The first part was open for all stakeholders via live streaming, while the second part was an in-person workshop. Both parts were held in Finnish.

Find the recording of the first part of the event here: 

Finnish workshop

5 Videos


The event was jointly organised by the Nordic Dialogue team and the Finnish Chamber of Commerce. It supported the implementation of the results and recommendations of the Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation and it is part of the ongoing Nordic Dialogue on building capacity for the voluntary carbon markets. The Dialogue and these related capacity building events are funded by the Nordic Working Groups for Climate and Air and for Environment and Economy and facilitated by Perspectives Climate Research in partnership with IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Carbon Limits, and Tyrsky Consulting.

COP28 Event: "Voluntary carbon markets - Latest developments in best practices"

Date and time: 4 December 2023, 11:45–12:30 Dubai Time (08:45-09:30 CET) - Via Zoom
Location: Nordic Pavilion, Blue Zone, Zone 6, Building 75 and live stream.

The Nordic Dialogue team held an onsite panel discussion at COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The focus was on the rapidly evolving voluntary carbon market and its alignment with the Paris Agreement. Our event offered an in-depth exploration of the latest advancements and best practices in this field, featuring a panel of esteemed experts from both the public and private sectors.


During the discussion, we delved into the Nordic Code of Best Practice for the Voluntary Use of Carbon Credits, discussing ways to effectively promote these practices. The panel was moderated by Juliana Kessler from Perspectives Climate Research and included insightful contributions from our panellists:

  • Owen Hewlett from The Gold Standard Foundation
  • Malin Ahlberg from the German Ministry of the Environment
  • Teppo Säkkinen from the Finnish Chamber of Commerce

    These Nordic capacity building events draw on the results and recommendations of the Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation, and they are organised by the Dialogue team. The Dialogue developed a Nordic perspective on best practices for voluntary carbon markets and recommended further Nordic cooperation, including capacity building.

  • Find the recording of the event here: 

    Kick-off Webinar: "Status update: Best practices for the voluntary carbon market"

    Date and time: 16.11.2023, 14.00–15.30 CET - Via Zoom

    This webinar kicked off a series of capacity building events to help Nordic stakeholders understand and implement best practices in the voluntary carbon market.


    The webinar provided a status update on best practices for the voluntary carbon market, covering recent developments in promoting the integrity of carbon credits, their use and related claims. The interplay between the voluntary carbon market and Paris Agreement will also be considered.

    These Nordic capacity building events draw on the results and recommendations of the Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation, and they are organised by the Dialogue team. The Dialogue developed a Nordic perspective on best practices for voluntary carbon markets and recommended further Nordic cooperation, including capacity building.

    Agenda:

    • Setting the scene
      Hanna-Mari Ahonen, Perspectives Climate Research
    • Best practices: Carbon credits
      Randall Spalding-Fecher, Carbon Limits
    • Best practices: Carbon credit use and claims
      Kenneth Möllersten, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
    • Best practices in practice: Nordic perspectives and experiences
      Commentaries from Nordic stakeholders
    • Closing remarks
      Hanna-Mari Ahonen, Perspectives Climate Research

    The slide set of the Webinar can be found here: Webinar slides

    The recording of the Webinar can be found below:

    Final webinar of the Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation

    November 29, 2022

    The final webinar of the Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (“Dialogue”) took place on November 29, 2022, where the Dialogue's results were presented and the final report “Harnessing voluntary carbon markets for climate ambition” summarised. The event featured presentations by the project team, commentators, and a Q&A session with the audience.

    On the final report

    The final report of the Dialogue first discusses how the voluntary use of carbon credits can promote climate action. It outlines the Nordic perspectives on best practice for the voluntary use of carbon credits including a Nordic Code of Best Practice (“Code”). The Code provides a Nordic perspective on the current best practice for the voluntary use of carbon credits, synthesising ambitious requirements and recommendations put forward by relevant initiatives as well as inputs from Nordic stakeholders. The report derives some recommendations for further Nordic cooperation on promoting best practice for the voluntary use of carbon credits.

    The final report can be found here: Harnessing voluntary carbon markets for climate ambition

    On the Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation

    The Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation (“the Dialogue”) aimed to inform Nordic and international stakeholders on using carbon credits to voluntarily compensate for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of non-state actors’ efforts towards and beyond carbon neutrality. Specifically, the Dialogue aimed to promote the high integrity, coherence and transparency of the voluntary use of carbon credits and related claims. A high-integrity carbon credit represents a real, additional and permanent emission reduction or removal (“mitigation outcome”) achieved outside of an actor’s boundaries or value chain. They can either help host countries in achieving their existing mitigation targets or help to reduce global net emissions above and beyond countries’ targets. Voluntary users of carbon credits may make public claims about contributing to national targets, offsetting the carbon footprint of their operations or products, or supporting global ambition-raising.

    The final webinar slides can be found here: Final webinar slideset

    The recording of the launch event of the public consultation can be found below:

    Final webinar

    4 Videos

    Public consultation launch Event

    June 8, 2022

    On June 8, 2022, the draft Nordic Code of Best Practice for Voluntary Compensation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions was published for consultation. The consultation will be open to stakeholders and experts in Nordic countries until August 20, 2022.

    The draft Code has been developed under the Nordic Dialogue on Voluntary Compensation, in cooperation with the Dialogue's Working Group. It provides a Nordic perspective on the best practice for voluntary compensation, synthesisng the most ambitious requirements and recommendations put forward by relevant national and international initiatives as well as inputs from Nordic stakeholders. It also includes a glossary of key terms and concepts.

    Find the draft Code here: Draft Nordic Code of Best Practice for Voluntary Compensation 

    You can access the public consultation here: Consultation Form 

    The public consultation launch event slides can be found here: Launch event slideset

    The recording of the launch event of the public consultation can be found below:

    Public Consultation Launch Event

    2 Videos

    Side event at COP26 Pavilion

    November 9, 2021

    On November 9, 2021, the project team organised a joint side event with the Nordic Council of Ministers at the Nordic COP26 Pavilion with the title: "Towards and beyond carbon neutrality - What role for voluntary carbon markets?"

    Panelists Helen Mountford from the Task Force on Net Zero Goals and Carbon Pricing, Mark Kenber from the Voluntary Carbon Market Integrity Initiative, Matti Kahra from Nordea and Kari Hämekoski of the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation explored how companies, organisations and citizens can credibly support the net-zero transition with their action and the voluntary carbon market. They also took on other questions during the session, as well as the concepts of carbon neutrality and net-zero and the role of the voluntary carbon markets in the net-zero transition.

    Find the recording of the event here: 

    Report Launch Event - "Voluntary Compensation of Greenhouse gas emissons: International Guidance and Initiatives"

    October 28, 2021

    Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow, we are excited to announce the release of a new Nordic report that explores the use of voluntary compensation by non-state actors in the context of their broader efforts towards and beyond carbon neutrality. The report explores how the concept and role of voluntary compensation, as well as related claims, are evolving in this new era of the Paris Agreement.

    The report launch event held on October 28, 2021 outlined key messages of the report and reflected on Nordic Stakeholder views on voluntary compensation based on a survey and initial interviews.

    Read the full report here: Voluntary Compensation of Greenhouse gas emissons: International Guidance and Initiatives

    Find the report launch event presentation slides here: Report launch

    Find the event recording below: