European Capacity Building Initiative

ecbi provides sustained capacity building for climate change negotiators, to promote a level playing field between governments in the international climate negotiations. The Initiative aims to facilitate mutual understanding and trust – among developing countries, and between developing and European countries.

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On 27 July, the IC-VCM launched a 60-day public consultation on its draft Core Carbon Principles (CCPs), Assessment Framework and Assessment Procedure. Professor Benito Müller, on behalf of OCP/ecbi, provided the following input on the inclusion of a Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (SOPA) among the CCPs. OCP/ecbi Input “Alignment with the Paris Agreement is a very important, but my no means the only, reason for introducing a market-wide 5% Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (SOPA). Another, arguably even more...
04 August 2022
Several recent news articles have highlighted the proposal for a Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (or SOPA) as a Core Carbon Principle of the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM). Reuters, for example, published an article, In carbon markets we trust? New global guidance aims to stop greenwashing , which includes the excerpt below on SOPA in the VCM. The article was written by Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and published on 21 July 2022. Another article, Make polluters for climate adaptation,...
28 July 2022
Reflecting on the ideas put forward in the OCP/ecbi Discussion Note on " A Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (SOPA) in the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) ", and the OCP blog post on " Safeguarding Social Integrity in the Voluntary Carbon Market ," the ecbi Programme Heads facilitated a letter by lead representatives of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), the UNFCCC Least Developed Countries (LDC) Group, and the West African Alliance on Carbon Markets and Climate Finance to the members...
08 June 2022
Social responsibility is one of the key motivators of voluntary corporate action. It is therefore valuable to harness carbon markets to promote multiple co-benefits in addition to mitigation, including adaptation co-benefits, particularly if they promote global equity by generating resources to support those who suffer most from adverse impacts of climate change while having contributed least to causing it - for example through a Share of Proceeds for Adaptation (SOPA). A new OCP/ecbi Discussion Note argues that the Voluntary Carbon...
16 March 2022