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Trading Carbon : November 2011
24 CARBON ENTREPRENEURS Many of the entreprene urs who blazed a trail for project-based carbon markets in the early years are now looking at other opportunities to roll out clean technologies. They tell Trading Carbon where they are putting their money and disc uss whether carbon markets can continue to play a role. They also point out where carbon offset markets have failed to make a big impact on c utting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and which technologies are likely to play a big role in c utting emissions in the future. The entreprene urs include: Pedro Moura Costa (PMC) a co-founder of emissions reduction project developer Ecosec urities and who now heads up E2, which is primarily involved with projects that reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD). Marc Stuart (MS), another co-founder of Ecosecurities, but who now fronts Allotrope Ventures, a private equity company that invests in clean technology and carbon neutral companies. Steve Dr ummond (SD), who ran carbon broker Cantor CO2e, but is now head of carbon finance vehicle Bainton Capital Partners. Mike Mason (MM), a founding partner of voluntary offset provider Climate Care, who at present is managing director of CO2. org, a climate change consultancy. And Jor und Buen (JB), a founding partner with Point Carbon, who helped to start up Differ, a company that aims to scale up cleaner energy investment in least developed countries. Q: To what extent do you still engage with the carbon market? Where are you seeing opportunities in terms of environmental finance and when do you expect to see returns? What are you specialising in? PMC: No major involvement, I have only been following REDD policy developments. SD: I'm not participating in carbon markets any more, and have gone back to my roots in renewable energy and looking at opportunities on a global scale. MM: None of my efforts are related to the carbon market now, as I am in the process of raising capital for adaptation projects with the government of the Maldives, to which I am an advisor. I JOHN MCGARRITY INVITED SOME OF THE ENTREPRENEURS WHO LAID THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE CURRENT CARBON MARKET TO DISCUSS WHERE THE FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES ARE FOR CLEAN TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS November 2011 Pedro Moura Costa, E2 One of the most neglected approaches to reduce GHG emissions is energy efficiency in the built environment Pedro Moura Costa, E2 Is there still green in green? www.pointcarbon.com
December - January 2011