Meeting Details
 
 
Carbon Offsets: Fix or Figleaf?
Thursday 18th Oct 2007

A full report of the presentations and forum discussion is available for download here (PDF 165kB - thank you Peter Spark).

The speakers were:

  1. Philip Sargent, of the Cambridge Energy Forum, introduced the meeting and reported on some philosophical objections to the whole idea of offsets. Download his presentation (1.8 MB PDF download).
  2. Fiona Harvey is the Environment Correspondent for the Financial Times, and has a reputation as an experienced and prolific climate reporter and writes extensively on carbon trading. [No PowerPoint used.]
  3. Michael Schlup is the Director of the Gold Standard, a methodology and label for premium quality carbon credits. Michael is responsible for maintaining the high credibility of the brand by managing the Gold Standard supporters – 43 NGOs globally – and its Technical Advisory Committee. Download his presentation (7.3 MB PDF download).
  4. Jeremy Nicholson, Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which campaigns for secure, competitive energy supplies for UK industry. He is a member of Ofgem's Environmental Advisory Group, and BERR's Business Climate Change & Energy Group. [No PowerPoint used.]

Philip Sargent is a founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and takes a lead in developing its programme of work. He has extensive knowledge of energy technologies internationally. Philip had had a university research career as a physical metallurgist working in product design and materials selection at Cambridge, Technion and Carnegie Mellon universities where he was a visiting professor. He is a member of the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Chartered Engineer, and has accountancy and management experience. He has worked in five high-technology start-ups in Cambridge and has run local software companies. He has worked commercially since 1993: on new product development at Analysys and Quillion, strategic marketing at Laser-Scan, technology leadership and inspiration internationally at the OpenGIS consortium and in the UK at BSI. He is currently working at Diboride Conductors Ltd., which he founded, which makes superconducting wire with Rolls Royce plc.

Fiona Harvey is the Environment Correspondent for the Financial Times. She has a reputation as an experienced and prolific climate reporter and writes extensively on carbon trading. In 2005, she won the Foreign Press Association environment story of the year award for an FT Magazine article on climate change sceptics. She has also written on a freelance basis for Scientific American, the New Scientist and the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Before joining the FT, she was editor of PC Week, and was responsible for the launch of Internet World magazine in the UK.

Michael Schlup is the Director of the Gold Standard, a methodology and label for premium quality carbon credits. Michael is responsible for maintaining the high credibility of the brand by managing the Gold Standard supporters – 43 NGOs globally – and its Technical Advisory Committee, which oversees the technical aspects. He also works with both developers and buyers to build capacity and market the advantages of the Gold Standard.
Previously to his engagement at the Gold Standard, Michael worked at the UN Environment Programme’s Collaborating Center BASE on issues regarding financing sustainable energy. In this role, he analysed and supported the financial structuring of sustainable energy projects and helped UNEP in designing financing mechanisms for the sector.
Michael also has experience as a consultant advising companies in the steel, cement and utility sector on carbon, energy and broader environmental management issues and successfully built-up a company selling sustainability communication services and carbon offsets to organisations and individuals, which was eventually sold to a consortium of consultants and a major utility in Switzerland.
Michael holds a degree in Geography and a M.Sc. In Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University in Sweden. He is also a certified social auditor. Michael is Swiss citizen and based in Switzerland

Jeremy Nicholson is Director of the Energy Intensive Users Group, which campaigns for secure, competitive energy supplies for UK industry. His background is in civil engineering, specialising in infrastructure, resources and business planning projects for water and energy utilities and their regulators, prior to joining EIUG in 2000. He is a member of Ofgem's Environmental Advisory Group, BERR's Business Climate Change & Energy Group, a Board member of IFIEC Europe (the International Federation of Industrial Consumers), and a Fellow of the Institute of Energy.
Light refreshments were provided before, and wine and buffet after the event. Attendance was free, but prior registration was required.

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