CALL FOR PROPOSALS Offsetting carbon emissions arising from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, October 2008 In an effort to make the Barcelona Congress a carbon neutral event, the organizers are making a call to all IUCN members and partners to propose one or more projects from which certified carbon offsets can be purchased after the event. Background – IUCN is making every effort to ensure that the IUCN World Conservation Congress is an environment- friendly and sustainable event by minimizing our direct and indirect impacts and leaving a positive legacy to the city of Barcelona. Although many measures are being taken to encourage a more efficient use of resources (e.g reduction in the use of paper, water, electricity, plastic materials, etc.); the Congress will inevitably generate greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Air travel to and from Barcelona is probably the most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions associated with the Congress. In order to compensate for these and other emissions arising from the event, IUCN is collecting voluntary contributions from delegates in support of the Barcelona Carbon Offset Fund (BCOF). In addition, IUCN will offset the emissions generated by staff, Council members and sponsored delegates. When registering, participants are invited to pay an offset fee for their travel and participation in the Congress. The fee is based upon the market price for premium carbon offsets, and on an estimate of average GHG emissions both on-site and arising from return air travel to Barcelona from different parts of the world. In an effort to simplify the process, the organizers propose a short-haul fee of €15 for delegates traveling from Europe or the Mediterranean, or a long-haul fee of €45 for delegates traveling from other regions. A similar plan was implemented to offset almost 4000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, based on voluntary contributions from about one-third of delegates during the 2004 Bangkok Congress. The funds collected 1 in Bangkok were used to buy offsets from Carbon Neutral in two offset projects in India (wind power and 2 cogeneration ). Assuming a level of participation and attendance in Barcelona slightly higher than that of the 2004 Congress, the organizers anticipate the purchase of approximately 5’000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent following the event. Proposals are being sought from IUCN members and partners for suitable offset projects. 1 For a description of the project, see: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/kotmar_waste_heat_recovery_project.pdf 2 For a description of the project, see: http://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/bagasse_cogeneration_project_hr.pdf Submitting a proposal – To be eligible for consideration by the Congress Executive Committee, the project must be approved by rd an accredited 3 party under an internationally accepted standard, such as: 3 - Clean Development Mechanism of the UNFCCC Kyoto Protocol 4 - Voluntary Carbon Standard 5 - VER+ 6 - Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) 7 - Voluntary Offset Standard (VOS) 8 - Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB) 9 - Plan Vivo Beyond the eligibility criterion, preference will be given to projects that: - demonstrate ‘additionality’ - provide demonstrable biodiversity benefits - make a demonstrable contribution to poverty reduction - are compliant with the Climate Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standards - provide good ‘value-for-money’ - are located in the Mediterranean region Proposals should be submitted by email to the Barcelona Congress Executive Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 15 July 2008 and need to be submitted following the attached template. Each proposal should contain: - a description (~200 words) of the project, including the project name, location, partners, and contact details of the project manager - an accredited validation report of compliance with an internationally approved certification standard - an estimation of emissions reductions generated by project (expressed in tonnes of CO2 equivalent), including a quote on the price per tonne of CO2 equivalent (expressed in €) - a timeline for the project - one or more photos of the project area 3 For more information, see : http://www.cdm.unfccc.int 4 For more information, see : http://www.v-c-s.org 5 For more information, see ; http://www.tuev-sued.de/climatechange 6 For more information, see ; http://www.chicagoclimatex.com 7 For more information, see ; http://www.carboninvestors.org 8 For more information, see ; http://climate-standards.org 9 For more information, see: http://www.planvivo.org Proposal for the Barcelona Carbon Offset Fund Contact details Name of the Organization Membership number of the organization (if applicable) Name of the offset project contact person Email of the offset project contact person Phone number of the contact person Information on the project Name of the offset project Location of the offset project Name(s) of project partner(s) Description of the project (max 200 words) Estimated timeline of the project How many tonnes of CO2 equivalent will this project be able to compensate (estimation)? (tonnes of CO2 equivalent) Estimated per tonne price of offsets (Euros) Please attach an accredited validation report of compliance with an internationally approved certification standard and one or more digital photos of the project area.
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