Announcement - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center

Harvard Project to Conduct Side-Event at COP-18

November 5, 2012

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements will conduct an official side event at the Eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Doha, Qatar:

Monday, December 3, 2012
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Side Event Room 7

We cordially invite all of our friends and colleagues attending COP-18 to join us.

The event is titled "Market Mechanisms in a Post-Durban International Climate Regime."Participants will assess the design and potential role of "new market mechanisms" (NMM) in the Kyoto Protocol second commitment period, Copenhagen/Cancun regime, and a new arrangement arising from the Durban-Platform process. The event is co-hosted by the Enel Foundation and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Speakers will be:

  • René Castro Salazar, Minister of Environment, Energy, and Telecommunications, Government of the Republic of Costa Rica (probable)
  • David Hone, Chairman of the Board of Directors, IETA and Senior Climate Change Advisor, Shell
  • Axel Michaelowa, Head of International Climate Policy Research, Center for Comparative and International Studies, University of Zurich, and Senior Founding Partner of the consultancy, Perspectives
  • Simone Mori, Executive Vice President of Regulation, Environment, and Innovation, and Head of Carbon Strategy, Enel
  • Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School, and Director of the Harvard Project 

The presentations will be based in part on a Harvard Project Discussion Paper by Dr. Michaelowa, "Can New Market Mechanisms Mobilize Emissions Reductions from the Private Sector?" This paper is posted on the Harvard Project's web site here. In the paper, Dr. Michaelowa notes that:

In the international climate negotiations, NMM have been proposed that would generate greenhouse-gas credits for entire sectors or for specific mitigation policies [as contrasted with current project-based crediting mechanisms—primarily the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism]. The proponents of NMM have widely differing aims. Some want to upscale market mechanisms beyond distinct projects, [among other things] through a reduction of transaction costs and simplification of additionality determination. Others want to achieve a contribution of market mechanisms to global emission reduction.

We look forward to seeing you on December 3.

For more information on this publication: Please contact Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
For Academic Citation:Harvard Project to Conduct Side-Event at COP-18.” Announcement, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Belfer Center, November 5, 2012.