In this latest episode of our Carbon Pulse Conversations podcast, we chat with Owen Hewlett, chief technical officer at The Gold Standard, which is one of the main certifiers of voluntary carbon market projects and an approved standard under the international CORSIA aviation offset scheme.
We discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted carbon-cutting activities in the developing world, and the steps The Gold Standard is taking to enable project auditing work can continue.
The postponement of annual UN climate negotiations to next year means the Paris Agreement era will begin without rules on global emissions trade. Hewlett outlines the steps the Gold Standard is taking to ensure its certified projects continue without clear guidance on how to account for international emission transfers in host countries.
He also discusses plans for how corporate offsetting can better integrate with the slew of protocols aiming to align company performance with the Paris Agreement, as well as the consequences of the Gold Standard being deemed eligible to supply carbon credits to CORSIA and the future of the mechanism in the wake of the drastic impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on airlines worldwide.
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