Closing the capacity gap
I recently completed my work as one of the original members of the Council of The Carbon Institute (TCI). As I transition out of this position to join a new international organization, I wanted to leave some parting reflections about the important role The Carbon Institute can play in limiting climate change.
I have been involved in the international reporting and review processes under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol since 2003 in several different capacities: as a member of the U.S. government submitting the U.S. national GHG Inventory, as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat supporting the international negotiations and coordinating international expert review teams, and as a reviewer of GHG inventories and biennial reports, and the technical analysis of biennial update reports. One of the key observations of the current state of the so-called international transparency regime (the reporting and review of national climate information) is that there are an insufficient number of qualified experts to support this vitally important process. The demands will only grow under the Paris Agreement. I think The Carbon Institute provides a viable, scalable and sustainable solution to help address the current shortage of LULUCF experts domestically and internationally, and to prepare us for implementation of the Paris Agreement.