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From 30 November to 12 December 2023 the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will come together for this year’s COP28 in Dubai. On this occasion, the EUI, together with the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the EKI Energy Services Ltd (EKI) will host a panel discussion to focus on the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) – a key aspect of international cooperation on climate change.

The event taking place on Sunday 3 December from 11:30 to 13:00 GST (local time) offers an opportunity to discuss the contrasting trends of increasing transparency and innovation in the realm of carbon credits. The VCM has grown dramatically in recent years, but the quality of some carbon credits has been questioned. While harmonized standards and close supervision increase market transparency, they may restrict innovation. How can we reconcile innovation, transparency and integrity through voluntary and regulatory interventions 



  • Simone Borghesi, EUI and University of Siena 


  • Andrea Bonzanni, International Emissions Trading Association 
  • Pankaj Pandey, EKI Energy Services Ltd
  • Amy Merrill, Integrity Council for Voluntary Carbon Markets 
  • Bianca Gichangi, Climate Envoy Office in Kenya 
  • Pedro Barata, Environmental Defense Fund


The event will take place at the UNFCCC pavilion in SE Room 4. No prior registration is necessary. Information for online participation will be available via this page closer to the date.

COP28, UNFCCC Pavilion and online
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Simone Borghesi
Albert Ferrari


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