Reflections from COP27: What will it take for collaboration to succeed?

by SARAH TAM The first UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) was held in 1995 – three years before Google was ever founded. Since then, world leaders have gathered yearly—from Cancun to Warsaw, Doha to Glasgow—to try to make good on commitments to limit global climate change.  This year, APC’s Climate Collective Programme Lead Sarah Tam joined Singapore’s inaugural pavilion in Sharm El Sheikh to discuss how collaboration can catalyse climate solutions in Southeast Asia. COP27 in a snapshot  Despite headlines about food and water shortages, 44,000 delegates from around the world touched down in Sharm El Sheikh—a coastal resort…

Carbon Markets: Challenges & Opportunities for Asia

As companies and companies turn to carbon offsets in order to achieve net-zero emissions, what role can philanthropy play in the carbon credit ecosystem?  BY SARAH TAM As companies and governments build out their net-zero roadmaps, many have turned to the promise of carbon offsets—measurable, verifiable emission reductions from certified climate action projects—to offset their emissions, while driving an economic model for conservation. If executed well, these projects can deliver benefits beyond reducing emissions, such as improving health, women’s empowerment, and conservation. Yet, while carbon markets appear to be a win-win for protecting public land and achieving net-zero. Critics argue that carbon…