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Women’s Empowerment Co-Benefit and Carbon Standards

Event Date: 
20 September 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn - Park Avenue, 45 East 33rd St., NY

To celebrate the recently-announced partnership with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), WOCAN is hosting two panel sessions from 1pm to 3pm, on September 20th, at the Hilton Garden Inn - Park Avenue, 45 East 33rd St., NY. 

Through WOCAN’s W+ Standard, community development and carbon projects can now add on credible, measurable women’s empowerment co-benefits, providing market differentiation for carbon credits, to drive additional actions to address Sustainable Development Goals, and create opportunities for results-based financing for women’s empowerment.

Who should attend?  Anyone with an interest in: Corporate Social Responsibility, Women’s Empowerment, International Aid and Development, Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation, Social Impact Investors, Carbon Project Development, Media.

1:00 – 2:00 – Better Together: Women’s Empowerment Co-Benefits with Carbon Standards

The W+ Standard is the first global standard for measuring and valuing women’s empowerment in project implementation. Designed to be flexible, yet rigorous, the W+ can be applied to new or existing project activities in six domains: Leadership, Health, Food Security, Time, Income & Assets, and Education & Knowledge. Project developers using the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) can now apply the W+ to create labeled carbon credits.  Projects using the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and other frameworks can create parallel certification. 


  • Jeannette Gurung, Executive Director, WOCAN
  • David Antonioli, CEO, V-C-S
  • Moon Herrick, REDD+ Consultant, Green Climate Fund
  • Amanda Ellis, Board Member of UN Women’s Empowerment Principle, former Lead, Specialist Gender World Bank

Moderator: Alice Korngold, Author, A Better World: How Companies Profit by Solving Global Problems …Where Government Cannot

2:00 – 3:00 – Creating New Opportunities: The Value of a Women’s Empowerment Co-Benefit

The W+ Standard provides uniquely measurable, quantifiable women’s empowerment co-benefits.  By integrating women’s empowerment activities into project designs, carbon projects can accelerate a virtuous cycle of improved livelihoods, improved project outcomes, and better carbon product differentiation. Carbon project developers with diverse portfolios share their insights on the value of integrating the W+ to measure co-benefits. The availability of the first co-certified units, produced from a CDM registered biogas project in Nepal that was awarded the UNFCCC Momentum for Change award in 2016 will be announced.


  • Diane Holdorf, Chief Sustainability Officer, VP, Kellogg Company
  • David Ungar, Executive Director, ACWA Power
  • Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director, Natural Capital Partners
  • Ingo Puhl, Director for Strategy, South Pole Group

Moderator: Chris Walker, Director, North America, World Business Council on Sustainable Development 


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