Past Events

Global Energy Basel, Basel Switzerland, 11-12 January, 2011

The CFCB Workshop seeked to explore some of the uncertainties surrounding the future of Carbon Finance and highlight actions that cities can undertake today to reduce their carbon footprint. It also broadened the outlook of the CFCB program by including a component that focuses not only on the potential of Carbon Finance, but that also seeks to elucidate Climate Finance and its link to Sustainable Infrastructure development to assist cities in developing countries to fund sustainable infrastructure projects. Moreover, having this workshop as part of the GEB conference opened the opportunity for the invited CFCB cities not only to link with each other in a highly enriching environment but also to learn about other aspects of sustainable infrastructure financing and interact with potential investors and supporting actors in the field.

Carbon Expo, May 2010, Cologne, Germany

Around 3,000 participants from 110 countries and 240 exhibitors attended the Carbon Expo, the carbon market's leading global trade fair and conference for emission trading, carbon abatement solutions and new mitigation technologies in Cologne, organised by the World Bank, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse.

For three days, international emissions trading was the focal point at the Cologne exhibition centre, where leading greenhouse gas (GHG) market representatives met at the seventh CARBON EXPO to discuss current trends and developments in the carbon markets as well as emissions trading, project finance and barriers to carbon mitigation.

The CFCB program hosted a side event at the Carbon Expo 2010 in Cologne, Germany. The side event, a workshop, specifically focused on Cities and Carbon Finance and drew on specialists from the World Bank with comments from CFCB participating city representatives.

CFCB Program Workshop, Săo Paulo, Brazil, May 2010

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CFCB at the 15th Conference Of the Parties (COP15), Copenhagen, Denmark December 2009

During the 15th Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark, the C40 Climate Leadership Group and the City of Copenhagen held the Climate Summit for Mayors. The CFCB program was invited to contribute to the Mayoral counterpart to the official UN Climate Change Conference.

Climate Summit for Mayors

Three of the CFCB core cities Sao Paulo, Dar es Salaam and Jakarta were invited to participate in the Climate Summit for Mayors. Moderated by CFCB, the roundtable on Carbon and Climate Finance included representatives of 6 cities discussing key issues such as North South relationship, cities’ stake in Carbon Finance and poverty alleviation, and Climate Protection. In addition, Mayor Kimbisa of Dar es Salaam, introduced by World Bank President Robert B. Zoellik, made an impressive and meaningful contribution to the Panel Discussion on Public Private Partnership.

Carbon Expo, May 2009, Barcelona, Spain

The world's leading platform for the carbon market, Carbon Expo, is the foremost meeting point for learning, sharing experience and knowledge and business matching opportunities on emissions trading, carbon abatement solutions and new technologies. It is used not only by project developers, carbon traders and the financial sector, but also by leading decision makers and experts from the worlds of business, policy, science and NGOs.

At Carbon Expo 2009, the CFCB program participated with a booth and organized a side-event on Carbon Finance in Emerging Mega Cities of the South setting the stage for carbon finance and highlighting the importance of city strategies for climate and carbon finance.

C40 Summit, May 2009, Seoul, Korea

On 18 May, 80 leading cities around the world met at the Seoul C40 Summit to discuss climate concerns under the theme of "Cities' Achievements and Challenges in the fight against climate change.” This third summit of the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group provided a key opportunity to review the progress that cities have made in reducing GHG emissions and assess future challenge.

The CFCB program organized and hosted a break-out session on "Carbon Finance and CDM." This session was designed to set the stage for Carbon Finance in relation to city programs in order to reduce GHG emission. In particular, this session demonstrated, with concrete examples, how cities of the South can use carbon finance for their development programs.

CFCB Media Conference in Basel

Media conference on the CFCB Program on 4 February 2009 in Basel, Switzerland, Hotel Drei Könige

CFCB Kick-off conference, February 2009, Basel, Switzerland

In February 2009, 20 megacities from around the globe convened in Basel, Switzerland to launch the Carbon Finance Capacity building Program. The Kick-off conference aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of carbon finance market developments and instruments to participating municipalities.

The benefits to participants from the South were educational (introduction to framework conditions and best practices) and practical (introduction to project implementation and service providers).

The three-day event included presentations, working groups on specific project types, and plenary discussions. The goals of the Kick-off conference were to:

  • Give an introduction to the carbon finance market development and instruments
  • Provide insights into the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
  • Focus on select best practices for the implementation of carbon finance in cities
  • Provide a comprehensive overview of the topic to the cities in order to enable them to take an informed decision regarding rolling-out carbon finance projects in their city
  • Select 4 to 5 cities (from the participating cities of the Kick-off conference) that will benefit from the Carbon Finance Capacity Building program.