Carbon Pricing: Sustaining the Momentum after COP21 (March 2016)

Zurich, Switzerland. Photo Credit: orangesmile.com
An event jointly organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the World Bank Group (WBG)
Date: 
Mar 08, 2016
Venue: 
Zurich, Switzerland
March 08, 2016 | Zurich, Switzerland
 I. Introductory session
         Opening and welcome remarks
9:00
Mr. Vikram Widge, Head, Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank Group
Mr. Stefan Flückiger, Ambassador, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland
Mr. Ivo Germann, Head of Operations, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Government of Switzerland
 SESSION 1 – Carbon tax design and recent developments

The Paris Agreement recognizes voluntary cooperative approaches, including the “internationally transferred mitigation outcomes” (ITMOs) and a UNFCCC-governed mechanism that will support mitigation and sustainable development post-2020, thereby reaffirming carbon markets as a key instrument to achieve climate mitigation goals nationally and globally. This session brought together panelists from governments, private sector and multilateral organizations to discuss their views on how the Paris Agreement paves the way towards an international carbon market for the period after 2020, and its implications for the design and implementation of carbon pricing instruments around the world.
9:30
Moderator: Mr. Vikram Widge, Head, Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank Group
Keynote speakers
Mr. Franz Perrez, Ambassador, Chief Climate Change Negotiator, Head of International Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment, Government of Switzerland
Mr. Bernard Mathieu, Senior Vice-President - Head of Sustainable Development, LafargeHolcim
Mr. James Close, Director, Climate Change, World Bank Group
Q&A
10:30 Coffee break
SESSION 2 – The role of carbon pricing in achieving NDC objectives
The intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) – which included countries’ mitigation targets or outlined their proposed climate actions for the coming decades – are a cornerstone of the Paris Agreement. Going forward, the soon-to-be-called NDCs will also be an important driver of the transition of countries toward a low-carbon economy in the years to come. This session will examine the role that carbon pricing instruments can play, as part of wider policy packages and measures, in achieving countries’ mid- and long-term mitigation goals and, thereby, in meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
11:00
11:00    Moderator: Mr. Dirk Forrister, International Emissions Trading Association
   Panel discussion
Mr. Peter Zapfel, Head of Unit, DG Clima, European Commission
Ms. Shuang Zheng, Director, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation of China (NCSC)
Mr. Cecil Morden, Chief Director, Economic Tax Analysis, National Treasury, Government of South Africa
Ms. Lynda Danquah, Manager, Trading Regimes / Environmental Stewardship Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Ms. Aurélie Jardin, Public Affairs and Partnership Director, Schneider Electric
            Q&A and plenary discussion
12:30 Lunch
SESSION 3 – Practical implications of the Paris Agreement: Taking next common steps in implementing and enhancing international carbon pricing
The Paris Agreement recognizes that countries may seek to cooperate with each other to achieve their mitigation outcomes and establishes a clear international framework within which to do this. However, work is still to be done to clarify the specific arrangements and move toward implementation. This session brought together panelists from governments, international platforms, and the private sector to discuss the practical next steps to be taken to implement and enhance international carbon pricing.
  Moderator: Mr. Richard Baron, Coordinator, Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy, OECD
14:00   Panel discussion – assessing the contribution of a carbon tax to the Nationally Determined Contributions
Mr. Massamba Thioye, Manager, Sustainable Development Mechanisms Programme, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Ms. Malin Ahlberg, Carbon Market Platform
Ms. Kay Harrison, Ministry of the Environment, New Zealand
Mr. Olav Aamlid Syversen, Deputy Head of Statoil EU Affairs, Statoil/Paying for Carbon Coalition
  Q&A and plenary discussion
Coffee Break
SESSION 4 – The role of public-private cooperation in moving forward
The Paris Agreement requires ambitious emissions reductions for which support from the private sector will also be needed - to encourage political decision-makers to take action, redirect financial flows and accelerate technological development. The strong private sector presence at COP21 gives hope for a fruitful cooperation over the next years. This session will feature representatives from the public and the private sector and focus on the potential outcomes of their collaboration. Views and ideas will be exchanged on which actions can and should be taken right now in advance of a globally harmonized carbon price that can ultimately be achieved.
Moderator: Mr. Venkata Ramana Putti, Program Manager, Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank Group
16:00 Panel discussion –
Ms. Anne C. Bolle, Vice President Carbon Business Development, Statkraft
Mr. Juan Pedro Searle, Sustainable Development Division, Ministry of Energy, Government of Chile
Mr. Dirk Forrister, International Emissions Trading Association
Mr. Yuji Mizuno, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Mr. Ingo Ramming, Managing Director / Co-head Commodity Solutions, CommerzbankEnvironment, Japan
Q&A and plenary discussion
Closing session
15:45
Closing Remarks
Mr. Vikram Widge, Head, Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, World Bank Group
Mr. Stefan Flückiger, Ambassador, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland
Session close and break
Carbon pricing night
7:00:00 PM Evening reception hosted by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs