WIF 2023: Carbon Markets

18 Oct, 2023
Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates

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18 October 2023
08:45 – 10:15 Abu Dhabi

Actors across the public and private sector are identifying opportunities to leverage market mechanisms to mobilize resources and reduce the cost of the transition to a net zero emissions economy. One of the fastest growing mechanisms in recent years is the development of public carbon markets. Carbon markets are marketplaces or facilities where emission allowances, credits and derived financial instruments are bought and sold. Carbon markets have the effect of putting a price on carbon that can incentivize emissions reduction, and (in some types of carbon markets) channel investment capital towards climate mitigation efforts.

In addition to increasing activity across the private sector, more than two thirds of countries intend to use carbon markets to meet their NDCs, and a number of countries are investing in state-of-the-art digital infrastructure to enable participation in international carbon markets. It is estimated that trading in carbon credits could reduce the cost of implementing NDCs by more than half. In many markets, capital market actors such as stock or derivatives exchanges are expected by policymakers to play a prominent role in establishing carbon trading facilities.

This session provides an overview of different types of carbon markets and discusses the role exchanges and securities market regulators can play in making carbon markets work most effectively in combatting climate change, in partnership with IOSCO.

Session themes:

  • What is the typical structure of the carbon market value chain?
  • Who are the key players and steps in the process of trading carbon credits and allowances?
  • What are the main opportunities and challenges for making carbon markets effective?
  • What are the differences and complementarities between compliance carbon markets and voluntary carbon markets?
  • How can exchanges and securities market regulators become involved in carbon markets or optimize ongoing involvement?

Registrations details

Attendance at these in-person events is free of charge but registration is required. Registering once gives participants a pass to all the events. A list of hotels close to the conference facilities can be found here. Special hotel rates for WIF participants can be received by using the booking links in this document


You can access entire WIF 2023 program here

SSE members and key stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in all SSE events. If you or your CEOs are planning to join us in Abu Dhabi, please feel free to reach out to the SSE team for assistance. 


  • Sean Kidney
    Climate Bonds Initiative


  • Thomas McMahon
    Co-CEO and Co-Founder
    ACX (AirCarbon Exchange)
  • Yianos Kantopoulos
    Athens Stock Exchange
  • Muhamad Umar Swift
    Bursa Malaysia
  • Heba El Serafi
    Vice President
    Egyptian Exchange
  • Mohamed Ben Salem
    Senior Specialist in Finance
    COP28 Presidency
  • Margaret Kim
    Gold Standard
  • Kris Nathanail
    Senior Policy Advisor
  • Anthony Miller
    Chief Coordinator
  • Corli Le Roux
    Senior Specialist
    UN SSE
  • Ian Kuwahara
    Director, Energy and Industrial Innovation
  • Riham ElGizy
    Regional Voluntary Carbon Market Company

About the SSE

​The SSE initiative is a UN Partnership Programme organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, UNEP FI and the PRI. The SSE’s mission is to provide a global platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, companies (issuers), regulators, policymakers and relevant international organizations, can enhance performance on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SSE seeks to achieve this mission through an integrated programme of conducting evidence-based policy analysis, facilitating a network and forum for multi-stakeholder consensus-building, and providing technical assistance and advisory services.