Sustainable Business Covered podcast: What role do carbon markets and pricing play in the net-zero transition?

With news around offsetting schemes and emissions trading featuring heavily in headlines in recent weeks, episode 103 of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores their role in the net-zero transition.

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All edie podcast episodes can be listened to via iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud

Presented by edie's senior reporter Sarah George and content editor Matt Mace, this episode of the Sustainable Business Covered Podcast explores the global state of play regarding carbon offsetting and pricing - and how these tools can help deliver a net-zero world.

To help answer this big question are our two guests for this episode. 

The first half of this episode features an exclusive interview with the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets’ Chris Leeds. The Taskforce was launched by former Bank of England Governer Mark Carney last year, with the aim of scaling the global market for carbon offsetting 15-fold by 2030 and up to 160-fold by 2050, against 2019 levels. Leeds is the head of carbon markets development. 

Then, in the second half, Sarah catches up with Lord Barker of Battle, former UK Energy and Climate Minister and current chairman of aluminium and hydropower conglomerate EN+ Group. Lord Barker speaks in his new role as co-chair of The World Bank's Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, outlining how strong carbon pricing can complement offsetting while accelerating emissions reductions in-house. 

Join the conversation

At the end of this episode, Sarah and Matt invite listeners to attend two major virtual events set to be hosted by edie in July. 

On July 13 and 14, edie's Sustainable Investment Conference returns in a digital format for the second year. Over the course of the two days, we’ll be bringing together hundreds of professionals across the green finance space, including asset managers and owners, executives at corporates, sustainability manager, regulators and policymakers, NGOs and key industry bodies, and those working at all parts of the sustainable finance value chain.

Expect high-level keynote talks, panel debates, virtual booths, interactive workshops and much more, with speakers from the likes of BlackRock, Aviva Investors, UBS Asset Management, CDP and WWF.

Click here for a full agenda and to register for the Sustainable Investment Conference. 

On July 15, edie is hosting its first Clean Energy and Transport Forum

Linking to the two key COP26 themes of Clean Energy and Clean Transport, this brand new virtual conference will explore what it will take to deliver the net-zero transition in these key sectors.

The Department for Transport's Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Rachel Maclean has been confirmed as one of the keynote speakers, alongside Energy Institute chief executive Nick Wayth; The Climate Group chief executive Helen Clarkson and Innovate UK senior Innovation lead Harsh Pershad.

Click here for a full agenda and to register for the Clean Energy and Transport Forum. 

Both events form part of edie's ongoing Countdown to COP26 Festival, hosted in association with headline partner O2. Click here for a full line-up of content and events. 


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Have a question about this podcast or a suggestion for future episodes? Email us at podcast@fav-house.comPlease bear in mind that speaking opportunities are now full through to the end of July.


Sarah George  



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