Climate Smart Futures: What problem is carbon finance solving?

Laura Beresford July 12, 2022

Today, voluntary carbon markets (VCM) are growing robustly with demand far outstripping supply. New technology, methodologies and models have the potential to unlock carbon finance for a wider array of stakeholders. What are the points of entry for innovators and investors who want to bring a larger share of carbon credits to directly impact vulnerable populations such as smallholder farmers, women, and youth? What is needed to shake up the supply and demand sides in the VCM ecosystem for the impact trifecta of financial inclusion, resilience, and climate change?



Meta Themes

  • Accelerate Climate Action

  • Accountability


climate, climate action, carbon, carbon financing, ReFi, regenerative finance, voluntary carbon markets, resilience, emerging markets, impact investing, financial inclusion

Purpose and Desired Outcome

This discussion will highlight pathways to unlocking carbon finance for a wider array of stakeholders


  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Government

  • Asset Managers

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Academia


  • NameTim Rann
  • TitleManaging Partner
  • OrganizationMercy Corps Ventures
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMaelis Carraro
  • TitleManaging Director
  • OrganizationCatalyst Fund
  • StatusInvited
  • NameMeghan Edge
  • TitlePortfolio Manager, Sustainability
  • OrganizationRipple
  • StatusInvited
  • NameNick Hughes
  • TitleFounder & Managing Director
  • Organization4R Digital
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDevan Wardell
  • TitleChief Operating Officer
  • OrganizationForest Carbon
  • StatusInvited
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