Affif Campos Sefair and Nicolas Roduner join as new Director and Commercial Manager respectively at ALLCOT Colombia

Affif Campos Sefair has become the new Director of ALLCOT Colombia. Francisco Charry, who until now held this position, leaves the company to begin a new professional stage: he will occupy a high position in the public sector. He will work as the new Director of Climate Change and Risk Management of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia.

Affif Campos Sefair has a long experience. He is a Professional in Business Administration and Law, specialization in Environmental Law. He is qualified for job performance as an advisor and consultant in specific areas of management and administrative logistics, with extensive knowledge in labor law, human resources and execution of processes by objectives.

In recent years he has provided freelance services of legal consulting, recruitment and environmental in the private area with Environmental Business and Technologies Ltda. He also has experience in management positions in the public sector, in which activities of management and planning of the Government Office and Institutional Development of the Mayor’s Office of Chía, in Cundinamarca, were developed.

For his part, Nicolas Roduner will work as Commercial Manager at ALLCOT Colombia. In recent years he has provided technical, regulatory and strategic advisory services to public and private customers on renewable investment decisions and on the policy framework within the Swiss and the EU ETS. He has also worked on projects to reduce emissions in Latin America and has given support in the implementation and promotion of energy districts in Colombia.

To contact the two new members of ALLCOT Colombia, you can do it here:

Affif Campos Sefair: as@allcot.com

Nicolas Roduner: nr@allcto.com

 

Start Fitness Club, carbon neutral thanks to its agreement with ALLCOT

Start Fitness Club, located in Nice (France), has become carbon neutral thanks to its agreement with ALLCOT, which has calculated the emissions generated by the club in 2017. Also, ALLCOT carried out the offsetting process. This is the first fitness club in France to calculate and offset their emissions, so this initiative shows its commitment to sustainability.

The GHG emissions of Start Fitness Club came from the generation of purchased electricity consumed by the company. Also, some of them are a result of the water consumption, and the emissions generated in the production of some goods they bought during the last year due to the activity of the club, and their correspondent waste.

After knowing the emissions they generated, Daniel Hallifax, owner of Start Fitness Club,  decided to offset them. The offsetting of CO2 consists of an economic investment in projects that are usually in developing countries that eliminate from the atmosphere a volume of emissions equivalent to the amount produced elsewhere.

The project chosen by the club to offset their emissions is the Brazilian Rosewood Amazon Conservation (RMDLT) in Pará, Brazil. This project supports the fragile ecosystem of the Amazonian rainforest by preventing deforestation and giving degraded forests an opportunity to regenerate. It will prevent net emissions of more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent over the project’s 40 year lifetime. This project also supports 130 families living by subsistence agriculture and provides protected habitats for animals in danger of extinction.

CPLC Secretariat awarded second COP24 Carbon Pricing Champion Award

The International Emissions Trading Association and the Climate Markets and Investment Association presented the second Carbon Pricing Champion Award, sponsored by ALLCOT Group and CRX, to the Secretariat of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.

The award was presented to Angela Churie Kallhauge, Head of Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Secretariat.

The award salutes those who demonstrate true leadership by taking action and inspiring others to leverage the power of carbon pricing for the global good.

“We’re thrilled to recognise the work of the CPLC Secretariat in supporting those jurisdictions who are committed to putting a price on carbon,” said Dirk Forrister, CEO of IETA. “The CPLC team helps bring together business and governments, environmental NGOs and academics to build momentum for carbon pricing that work.”

“CPLC is a really important initiative,” said Margaret-Ann Splawn, Executive Director of CMIA. “The Secretariat’s accumulation of experience, data and knowledge is a valuable tool for the success of the Paris Agreement, as the CPLC expands the use of carbon pricing policies.”

Inaugurated in Paris in 2015, the CPLC groups 33 national and sub-national governments with more than 160 private sector companies and business groups dedicated to advancing the carbon pricing agenda.

IETA and CMIA thanked sponsors ALLCOT Group and Climate Resources Exchange for supporting the Carbon Pricing Champion Awards.

“We are very proud to be able to support this initiative, promoted by IETA and CMIA. CPLC team led by Angela Churie Kallhauge deserves this recognition. We find their work on building traction around carbon pricing key to allow private to take concrete action. We have seen that more and more leaders inspired by the Coalition’s work and hope this will encourage further”, said Alexis Leroy, CEO and Founder of ALLCOT.

ABOUT THE CARBON PRICING CHAMPION AWARDS

CMIA and IETA launched the Carbon Pricing Champion Awards at the Paris COP in 2015. Over the last three years this award has recognised California, Ontario, Quebec, New Zealand and Chile for their progress on market-based instruments to address climate change.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL EMISSIONS TRADING ASSOCIATON:

IETA is the voice of business on carbon markets around the world. Established in 1999, IETA’s members include global leaders in the electricity, oil/gas, cement, aluminium, chemical, mining, technology, standards, verification, broking, trading, legal, finance, accounting and consulting industries.

ABOUT CLIMATE MARKETS & INVESTMENT ASSOCIATION:

CMIA is a non profit trade association with the mission to stimulate a shift in the direction and scale of private and public financial flows into investments which are consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

ABOUT ALLCOT GROUP:

ALLCOT develops, manages and trades in all sectors related with climate change mitigation. The company is a leader in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, management tools and strategies for businesses of all sizes.

ABOUT CLIMATE RESOURCES EXCHANGE:

CRX offers services in engineering consulting & carbon consulting. These include energy efficiency projects, carbon profiling, carbon offsets, sustainability reporting, renewables project origination and corporate social strategising.

Government of Colombia awarded first COP24 Carbon Pricing Champion Award

The International Emissions Trading Association and the Climate Markets and Investment Association presented the Carbon Pricing Champion Award to the Republic of Colombia, sponsored by ALLCOT Group and CRX. The award was presented to Ricardo José Lozano, Colombian Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development.

The award recognises the the leadership of the Colombian government in the promotion of carbon pricing and offsetting as instruments to address climate change.

“IETA is delighted to recognise yet another country using market mechanisms to advance the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Dirk Forrister, CEO of IETA. “Since the Agreement was signed, we are seeing significant growth in emissions markets.”

“This award recognises how government policy is helping to drive technological advances, by incentivising innovation and investment in low-cost abatement projects,” said Margaret-Ann Splawn, Executive Director of CMIA. “This is what carbon pricing using market mechanisms is all about.”

The government of Colombia, led by the Ministry of Environment, has made a significant effort to promote robust accounting, environmental integrity and transparency to avoid double counting.

This has increased confidence in market-based instruments as one of the options to support mitigation action for achieving Nationally-Determined Contributions.

IETA and CMIA’s award is also intended to highlight Colombia’s work on a full regulatory package that includes a domestic offsetting program for the country’s carbon tax (Decree 926/2017), and a regulation on monitoring, reporting and verification (Resolution 1447/2018) which is based on registry, accounting and additionality aspects.

IETA and CMIA thanked sponsors ALLCOT Group and Climate Resources Exchange for supporting the Carbon Pricing Champion Awards.

“In the crucial times, we wanted to support leadership in the carbon markets development, reason for which we decided to sponsor this prize promoted by IETA and CMIA. We are very proud to be part of this initiative and rejoice that the Colombian government won this well deserved award. Colombia initiatives have set a landmark precedent which we hope will find hecho throughout the Americas.”, said Alexis Leroy, CEO and Founder of ALLCOT.

Dirk Forrister, Chief Executive Officer and President of International Emissions Trading Association; Sebastian Carranza, Specialist, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia; Ricardo Jose Lozano, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia; Margaret-Ann Splawn, Executive Director of Climate Markets and Investment Association; Alexis L. Leroy, CEO and Founder of ALLCOT Group and Tommi Neuvonen, COO, ALLCOT Group were in the event (photo from left to right).

ABOUT THE CARBON PRICING CHAMPION AWARDS:

CMIA and IETA launched the Carbon Pricing Champion Awards at the Paris COP in 2015. Over the last three years this award has recognised California, Ontario, Quebec, New Zealand and Chile for their progress on market-based instruments to address climate change.

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL EMISSIONS TRADING ASSOCIATON:

IETA is the voice of business on carbon markets around the world. Established in 1999, IETA’s members include global leaders in the electricity, oil/gas, cement, aluminium, chemical, mining, technology, standards, verification, broking, trading, legal, finance, accounting and consulting industries.

ABOUT CLIMATE MARKETS & INVESTORS ASSOCIATION:

CMIA is a non profit trade association with the mission to stimulate a shift in the direction and scale of private and public financial flows into investments which are consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

ABOUT ALLCOT GROUP:

ALLCOT develops, manages and trades in all sectors related with climate change mitigation. The company is a leader in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, management tools and strategies for businesses of all sizes.

ABOUT CLIMATE RESOURCES EXCHANGE:

CRX offers services in engineering consulting & carbon consulting. These include energy efficiency projects, carbon profiling, carbon offsets, sustainability reporting, renewables project origination and corporate social strategising.

Veridium, the first customer that bets on the TIGRs originated and traded by ALLCOT

Veridium, a collaborative initiative to create a regenerative economy that sustains our planet’s natural resources and reduces carbon emissions, has become the first company which has bought TIGRs originated and traded with projects in which ALLCOT is working: two hydroelectric plants and a 5MW solar park.

The system Veridium is building turns industry-standard carbon offsets into freely tradeable tokenized assets. With their partners, they are creating a marketplace that will automate the corporate carbon credit accounting and offsetting process across global supply chains.

Two months ago, ALLCOT Group achieved the milestone of 58,000 TIGRs successfully originated and traded with 3 projects developed and implemented for 2 companies in Guatemala in the first semester of 2018. This achievement was relevant considering that these projects for developers and traders are the first of this kind in America. Now, Veridium has become the first customer that bets on the TIGRs.

The Tradable Instrument for Global Renewables (TIGR) Registry is an online platform for tracking and trading RECs. The Registry enables developers to generate, verify, and sell RECs. It allows buyers to source RECs anywhere in the world while managing all assets in a single online portal.

Renewable energy certificates (RECs) track all environmental attributes of 1 megawatt hour of renewably generated power. This allows buyers to demonstrate progress toward sustainability goals in a metric, transparent, and verifiable way. For renewable power generators, RECs can provide an additional revenue stream and shorten payback periods on investments.

ALLCOT participated in the event ‘Current status of the Colombian carbon market and expectations for 2019’

Alexis L. Leroy, CEO and founder of ALLCOT Group, attended the event ‘Current status of the Colombian carbon market and expectations for 2019’, organized by USAID and where Asocarbono was launched, of which ALLCOT is a founding member.

In the event, several topics were discussed that focused mainly on these points:  demonstrating the great potential offered by the Colombian carbon market to Colombia’s green growth; promoting a continuous improvement of the regulatory and institutional framework of the Colombian carbon market and stimulating participation in the market by bidders, demanders, investors and market makers.

Also the participants discussed about how to achieve the promise of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% with respect to projected emissions by 2030.

With respect to Colombia’s carbon market, it was stated that it is necessary to create incentives for its better development, since demand exceeds supply. In addition, the opportunities of this carbon market were highlighted.

The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the DIAN, representatives of the productive and financial associations, project developers, certification and accreditation entities and private sector companies interested in the Colombian carbon market.

 

ALLCOT will attend COP24

Alexis L. Leroy, CEO and founder of ALLCOT Group, will attend COP24 in Katowice, Poland, where he will be in several events.

First of all, he will participate in the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism Executive Board’s side-event as a panelist. Each year the EB organizes a CDM EB side-event on the margins of the COP and SB sessions and this will also be the case this year in Katowice at COP24. The topic of this year’s side-event is Experience gained and lessons learned from the CDM. The side-event will take place on Monday 3 December 2018, from 15:00 to 16:30, Venue: Room ‘Bug’ – Pavilion G, and Mr. Leroy’s presentation is titled Lessons from project developers.

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has registered more than 8,000 projects and programmes in 111 countries, and has created a rich infrastructure of governance, rules, regulations and standards for assessing mitigation activities.

To capture the experience gained and lessons learned from the CDM, the side-event will draw from a diverse set of CDM stakeholders, ranging from project developers, financiers, academics, civil society, national authorities, verifiers, and others.

The event will also present and discuss the outcomes of the “CDM achievements report” which was launched during the EB100 meeting. The achievements report captures the successes of the CDM since 2001 with stories from projects, inputs from a wide range of stakeholders, and informative graphics and pictures.

This side event gives a unique opportunity to reflect on the broad range of experience gained and lessons learned over the 17 years of the CDM and discuss their continued relevance in the current evolving context.

Furthermore, Mr. Leroy will attend the conference titled Digital  Decarbonization:  Harnessing  the  Digital Technologies  for  a  New  Climate  Action, which will take place on  Wednesday 5 December at African Development Bank Pavilion from 9:00 to 10:30. Also this day Mr. Leroy will be a speaker in the side event DCAI, from 16:00 to 18:00 at Korea Pavillion. He and José Lindo, CEO of Climatecoin, will speak about ClimateTrade, a blockchain carbon credits platform.

On Thursday 6 December, he will attend another Side event from 15:00—16:30, at Meeting Room Pieniny titled Double counting – the billion dollar question for implementing Article 6 carbon markets, organized by Project Developer Forum.

Also, Mr. Leroy will attend Sustainable Innovation Forum, which will take place on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 December. In one of the conferences, titled Game Changers: The Financial Tools of Tomorrow, which will take place on Sunday 9 at 3:15 pm at Vienna House Easy Angelo. José Lindo, CEO of Climatecoin, will present officially ClimateTrade, the blockchain carbon credits platform. ClimateTrade enables peer-to-peer transactions through a CO2 token and it is testing by a select group of corporations and governments, such as ALLCOT.

CMIA and IETA present the Carbon Pricing Champion Award, Sponsored by ALLCOT Group

Another important event is the celebration of Carbon Pricing Champion Award, organized by CMIA and IETA and sponsored by ALLCOT Group.

You can join us at the IETA Business Hub

Time & Dates:

Friday Dec 7th: 16:00-16:30 followed by a Reception

Thursday Dec 13th: 17:00-17:30, followed by a Reception

Venue: IETA Business Hub

 

ALLCOT Group has successfully achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification

ALLCOT Group has been successful in gaining ISO 9001:2015 certification after an audit of the company’s business practices by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world’s most recognized quality management standard designed to provide assurance about the quality of our services to key stakeholders.

The ALLCOT Quality Policy has been implemented to ensure that we continue to excel in all areas of our activities through a commitment to; cost effective and customer focused innovation; to create and maintain a quality culture within the whole organization; to ensure employees have continual training and personal development opportunities to improve our performance; and to direct efforts to continual improvement and not only meet, but to overcome the expectations of the market.

ISO

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary International Standards.

They are made up of 166 member countries who are the national standards bodies around the world, with a Central Secretariat that is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

LRQA

Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) is a world leading, independent provider of Business Assurance services including management system certification, validation, verification and training to bespoke and international standards and schemes

ALLCOT follows up on the Public Consultation of the Agreement that establishes the preliminary bases for the Mexico cap-and-trade Pilot Programme

In addition, the company continues to encourage its clients to review this agreement, to those who have not yet done so, and to provide timely follow-up to their comments.

Mexico will gradually establish an Emissions Trading System with the objective of promoting emission reductions that can be carried out at the lowest possible cost, in a measurable, reportable and verifiable manner, without harming the competitiveness of the participating sectors, considering the international markets.

For the implementation of the Emissions Trading System, the preliminary bases for a Pilot Program will be established without economic effects for the participating sectors, which will be valid for thirty-six months.

To implement this Pilot Program, some meetings were held between the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the representatives of the participating sectors. In addition, companies in the sector such as ALLCOT are contributing their comments and reflections so that this initiative works as well as possible.

Thus, the Agreement establishing the preliminary bases for the Emissions Trading System Piltot Program will be applicable to facilities that carry out activities only in the energy and industry sectors.

For the energy sector, these bases will be applicable to the subsectors of exploitation, production, transportation and distribution of hydrocarbons and to the subsector generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. For the industrial sector, these bases will be applicable to the subsectors of the automotive, cement and lime industry, chemical industry, food and beverage industry, glass industry, steel industry, metallurgical industry, mining industry, petrochemical industry, pulp industry and paper and other industrial subsectors that generate direct emissions from fixed sources.

This Agreement shall apply to facilities whose annual emissions are equal to or greater than 100 thousand tons of direct emissions of carbon dioxide from fixed sources in the sectors indicated above.

Reflections of ALLCOT

In response to this agreement, as stated above, ALLCOT has been participatory. It was one of the companies that submitted comments on the CONAMER link regarding the public consultation of the Agreement on the preliminary bases of the pilot program. So far there have not been many who have responded, so we encourage you to do it here

ALLCOT suggested technical questions about the program, mainly with respect to offset credits. In addition, he expressed concern about a limitation the company considers important: who participates in this pilot programme cannot participate in other markets. ALLCOT calls for more flexibility in this regard, as is the case with the Law of South Africa, which allows negotiation with CDM credits.

ALLCOT Group, Fazenda Terra Boa and Atlântica Simbios CSA sign an agreement to submit to Gold Standard certification a project to restore the Atlantic rainforest

Allcot Group, Fazenda Terra Boa and Atlântica Simbios CSA have celebrated the signature of a very valuable partnership agreement, with the objective of submitting to Gold Standard certification a project to restore the Atlantic rainforests of 391 hectares located inside the limits of Terra Boa farm property through the planting of approximately 392,725 native trees saplings of at least 80 different species per hectare.

Located in the municipality of Guararapes, state of São Paulo, Brazil, the Terra Boa farm is one of the most (if not the most) recognized experiences of sustainability in the Brazilian rural sector. Still in the 1950s, the farm won the “Conservationist Farm of the State of São Paulo Award”, granted by the State Agriculture Secretariat, for the development of best conservationist practices known at that time. In 2004, it became the first Brazilian farm to obtain ISO 14001 certification. Three years later, the Global Gap of Agricultural Practices. At the end of 2012, it began to meet the requirements of Embrapa’s (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) Good Agricultural Practices Program, which aims at animal welfare, as well as the conservation of natural resources.

This enviable history of sustainability concern and actions guaranteed Terra Boa farm to become ‘Champion of the Champions’ of the First Edition of the ‘Sustainable Farm Award’, the highest award of the Globo Rural magazine initiative with the support of Basf, John Deere and Rabobank, in 2014, a national range contest.

Terra Boa farm is located in a transition region between the Cerrado and Atlantic Rainforest biomes, the latter being predominant locally in its Semideciduous Seasonal Forest phytophysiognomy. Vegetation also known as the “Forest of the Interior”, it reaches the banks of the Paraná River and is currently reduced to small remnants of forests being one of the most degraded forest formations in Brazil. Several studies have pointed out that these formations are perhaps richer in vegetable associations than the tropical rainforest itself, which would be more homogeneous. They are ecologically distinct forests, because they vary according to the seasonality of humidity. The accumulation of litter on the forest floor in the dry season makes the biome vulnerable to fire.

Also the Atlantic Rainforest is identified as the oldest of the Brazilian forests. Representing one of the Top Five biomes in the ranking of biodiversity hotspots, among 36 recognized today, the Atlantic Rainforest was one of the first to be identified by Conservation International. With more than 20,000 plant species, 40% endemic, the Atlantic Rainforest now has less than 10% of its original territory and is highly endangered.

In a world where agricultural and livestock farming is of vital importance to the economies of the developing countries and their populations, but at the same time representing the main vectors of deforestation and loss of biodiversity, the need to prove and establish the viability of sustainable land management from actual experiences is urgent. The experience of sustainable land use and occupation developed by Terra Boa farm must serve as a model to inspire, to be disseminated and multiplied.