Workshop - London 15 June 2009

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CarbonAided is helping Ashden Award winner SKG Sangha to access carbon finance to build bio-digesters to supply the cooking needs of 20,000 families in rural India
Later this year a landmark UN meeting will be held in Copenhagen to determine how the World will continue to combat global warming when the current regulatory period, under the Kyoto Protocol, ends in 2012. Many features of global carbon policy after 2012 have yet to be finalised, however policy makers in both the industrialised and developing world are emphasising that the Clean Development Mechanism will continue but must be improved to genuinely promote investment in projects that have real sustainable development benefits for the world’s poor.

The sentiments of UN policy makers and existing EU climate regulations have created a significant growth in demand and premium prices for credits created by projects with real social benefits, such as Gold Standard projects. Both the voluntary and compliance carbon markets have seen a growth in carbon finance available for development projects, as buyers demonstrate a preference for credits created by projects with identifiable positive social impacts.

CarbonAided and The HEDON Household Energy Network a project of Eco Ltd, Ch4nge and ICEPT the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College have been working with companies, NGOs, charities, project developers and policy makers over the past few years helping them to participate in carbon markets and to increase the number of development projects that are able to access carbon finance. We have found that there is lack of understanding of the potential for carbon finance. We have also discovered a number of myths surrounding the process of developing projects and obtaining finance from carbon credits to implement them.

We will draw from our expertise to deliver an intensive one day workshop that will enable entities thinking about participating in carbon projects with social benefits to understand:
  • The project cycle for carbon credit based projects
  • How carbon markets work
  • Carbon regulations, voluntary carbon markets and regulatory issues after 2012
  • Whether or not carbon markets represent a viable source of funding for their activities
  • The different carbon accreditation standards and those that should be sought
  • Choosing between CDM and voluntary carbon accreditation
  • Choosing between programmatic and non-programmatic approaches
  • How carbon funding can be accessed - the processes, timelines and costs involved
  • The risks and hurdles that project developers will face and how these can be overcome
  • Sources of technical assistance and upfront funding

The workshop will be of benefit to:
  • Companies, charities and NGOs that are interested to use carbon finance for their activities
  • Low carbon technology providers that are looking to export their technologies to the developing world
  • Sustainable investors
  • Policy makers


Businesses: £740 + VAT
Public sector and NGOs: £592 + VAT
Students: £296 + VAT
Developing country attendees: £148 + VAT

NOTE ON VAT: For participants from the UK and EU Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% will be charged. If your organisation is UK based and is VAT registered you will be able to reclaim this VAT. Non-UK, EU based organisations should send us their valid EU VAT number so we can send you an invoice without VAT (email clair at ). Non-EU participants are VAT exempt (you will be invoiced for the price excluding VAT).

The workshop will be held in London, UK, on 15th June. Spaces for this workshop will be limited to 30 so please indicate your interest in attending by completing the form as soon as possible. Please note that places will only be guaranteed on receipt of payment.

Click here to register your interest in joining this event

For help with any questions please contact Clair on clair at or Mariana on Mariana at We are unfortunately unable to provide travel support or sponsorship.