Net Zero and Carbon Offsetting
This COP26Cast will examine how businesses and other 'non-state actors' are increasingly setting ambitious net zero or even net negative emission reduction targets. In turn, this is driving renewed interest in carbon offsetting, with the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets estimating a 15-fold increase in demand by 2030.
Speakers will discuss how offsetting can contribute to fulfilling the goals of the Paris Agreement, and the challenges such as double counting, and whether to prioritise removals.
- Matthew Brander, Senior Lecturer in Carbon Accounting, University of Edinburgh Business School
- Derik Broekhoff, Senior Scientist, Stockholm Environment Institute
- Tracey Osborne, Associate Professor, UC Presidential Chair in the Department of Management of Complex Systems, Director of the University of California Center for Climate Justice, University of California Merced
- Owen Hewlett, Chief Technical Officer, Gold Standard
USA at COP26: Opportunities and Barriers
This COP26Cast will examine the prospects for USA leadership at the upcoming COP26. Can the USA gather the domestic and international support needed to set and deliver ambitious carbon reduction targets, and urge others to do the same? The roundtable will explore the key economic, social, and political drivers supporting or hindering USA's climate action, and leadership.
Speakers will cover a range of issues including the Biden’s administration priorities, the role of political partisanship, and prospects for climate justice.
- Elizabeth Bomberg, Professor of Environmental Politics and deputy Head of Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
- Sarah Shanley Hope, VP of Brand and Partnerships, The Solutions Project
- Julie Cerqueira, Executive Director, US Climate Alliance
- Pete Ogden, Vice President, Energy, Climate, and the Environment, United Nations Foundation