What’s in an “A”?

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Many of us spent years in school where “A” meant “excellent”. It’s still true for our children. But this year, the “A” will mean something special for IETA.

As IETA celebrates our 20th year anniversary, we decided that the “A” in IETA should stand for AMBITION. This shouldn’t distract from the other meanings of “A”, because we think it should stand for more than Ambition alone:

  • Markets deliver ADVANTAGE to innovators
  • Markets provide ASSURANCE of quality
  • We are an ASSOCIATION, which allows us to accomplish more together than apart
  • And let’s not forget the critical A: ARTICLE 6 of the Paris Agreement.

In early February, the IETA Council and staff met to plan the year’s activities and to reiterate our long-term priorities. Our primary focus is to begin breathing commercial life into Article 6. We want to draw in every aspect of cooperation and innovation, from technology to risk management to natural climate solutions. Think of these as ALL of the potential market solutions that we aim to mobilise, all aimed at driving and delivering Ambition.

We hope that you’ll join us in celebrating the power of the “A” in our association this year, in all of its meanings – and in particular Ambition, because it belongs at the forefront. Ambition should be seen as the hallmark of carbon markets, because they work best when delivering ambitious climate targets. We shouldn’t be afraid to say that, because it puts us squarely on the side of environmental and economic success.

In 2019, governments will turn attention to their next round of targets – including whether and how to strengthen them. We will urge decision-makers to consider how carbon markets fit into their plans. We will work with our business alliances across key jurisdictions to urge their governments to consider how Article 6 can enable their aims and ambitions. To be a part of this team, why not consider joining IETA now?

As this year progresses, we hope to celebrate IETA’s Achievements with our members across our series of 20th “Birthday Parties”, taking place around our main global events. The first one is coming up in a couple of weeks, in Accra as part of Africa Climate Week!

Then in April, we’ll gather for our first IETA European Climate Summit (ECS) in Lisbon – where we’ll review progress and charting of future ambitions for Europe as it begins consideration of its new proposal for getting to net zero emissions by 2050.

And in June, we’ll be at the Innovate4Climate (I4C) conference in Singapore to talk about finance, markets and ambition.

It’s never too late to support IETA’s work. 2019 is going to be a busy year, but we’ll be bringing our “A Game”, as always!

Dirk Forrister
President & CEO

For more information on IETA and our work, see www.ieta.org

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