EDF’s Kelley Kizzier Joins Board of New Governance Body on Voluntary Carbon Markets

EDF Statement from Kelley Kizzier, Vice President, Global Climate

September 22, 2021
Jennifer Andreassen Burke, +1-202-572-3387, jandreassen@edf.org

Kelley Kizzier, Vice President for Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, has been selected by the Taskforce on Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets to join the Board of Directors of a new, independent governance body for the voluntary carbon markets. EDF’s Senior Director Pedro Martins Barata was also selected to co-chair the governance body’s new Expert Panel. The governance body will establish a threshold standard for high-integrity carbon credits and ensure they are traded in robust, transparent and equitable markets. This will reduce CO2 emissions, preserve natural habitats, mobilize much-needed capital to develop sustainable technology and ultimately accelerate the transition to net zero.

Kizzier joins the Board of Directors as a Founding Sponsor on behalf of EDF. A former EU lead negotiator for carbon markets and co-chair of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, Kizzier leads EDF’s work to promote more ambitious and effective global climate policy and company action, with a focus on multilateral climate agreements and global cooperation through carbon markets. She also chairs the expert advisory group of the Voluntary Carbon Market Integrity Initiative.

“A successful contribution of voluntary carbon markets to global climate action requires robust standards to ensure that the credits generated represent real and meaningful greenhouse gas reductions or removals. I’m thrilled to be a part of this new governance body and I look forward to furthering the integrity of the voluntary carbon market with my fellow Board members.”

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