Toucans Soar with Excitement at Climate Week New York!
Toucans Raphaël Haupt (CEO), Dave Folk (Head of Carbon Markets), Anna Morrogh (COO), Nora Rothman (Head of Product), and Jack Policar soared with excitement as we joined the dynamic hub of Climate Week New York! We enjoyed being part of many great events, like the Puro CDR summit, NACS by IETA, and ReFi NYC. We also (re)connected with partners and friends from organizations across the climate tech space, including Gold Standard, Puro.Earth, and dClimate.
Our CEO and Co-founder Raphaël led a conversation on Gold Standard’s roadmap for tokenization with their Chief Growth Officer Sarah Leugers. He also participated in a discussion on how to use technology for a better VCM. Scroll down for a summary of these conversations👇
Collaboration is Everywhere
We witnessed how organizations of all sizes are realizing that we can’t reach common climate goals on our own. We need a high level of collaboration and cooperation across sectors and between public and private organizations. This is already happening!
Momentum is Building
From industry announcements and political commitments to an influx of new talent: The wheels are starting to turn faster to tackle the climate crisis. We have a serious amount of work to do, but optimism is in the air. Let’s celebrate our wins and then work even harder!
Climate Startups Receive Support
The support for climate innovation was palpable at discussion panels and in closed-door meetings. Corporates and multi-national non-profits are open to collaborating closely with the climate startup space, and are actively looking for ways to work with startups. Forming the right partnerships means that large enterprises can iterate faster and align on big goals.
Gold Standard’s Roadmap for Tokenization
Raph was joined by Gold Standard’s Chief Growth Officer, Sarah Leugers, for an intimate fireside chat. During their conversation, he gained exclusive insights into Gold Standard’s tokenization plans and learned where they see the largest potential in applying this new technology.
- Gold Standard is very positive on leveraging blockchain technology and collaboration to scale a high-integrity VCM.
- But there was a steep learning curve: In the beginning, the blockchain situation hit Gold Standard out of nowhere. They weren’t prepared for the tokenization of tens of millions of carbon credits, and lacked an understanding of the technology or key projects involved in tokenizing carbon credits.
- Now this has changed! After spending the last year learning more and gaining a deep understanding of the potential of blockchain technology, Gold Standard recognizes the scale of the opportunity. They are excited to work in a collaborative way with climate tech startups to build out relevant tools and infrastructure.
- Sarah Leugers mentioned that Gold Standard is especially excited by blockchain’s ability to make transaction data public and visible to everyone. She believes that one of the key pieces of information is a carbon credit’s transaction data. Once this becomes publicly available (as is possible with the help of blockchain technology), price discovery can happen.
- In her opinion, making high-integrity transaction information accessible is one of the most powerful applications of blockchain technology.
- She believes that the climate tech industry needs new standards that maintain quality and integrity.
- Raph also asked Sarah for the latest timeline on integrating tokenization into Gold Standard’s infrastructure – and apparently, we can expect an announcement as soon as this October. Keep your eyes on Toucan’s blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn for the latest updates!📹
ReFi NYC: Building a Digital Ecosystem for High-Integrity Carbon Markets
ReFi NYC convened industry leaders in the climate tech space to educate on novel solutions for creating high-integrity, scalable carbon markets. This event was the premier conference uniting climate tech professionals and VCM stakeholders during climate week.
Raph also shared thought leadership on a panel alongside Sylvera, Solid World, Thallo and Xpansiv, chaired by Sid Jha of dClimate during ReFi NYC.
“We need carbon markets to address climate change and allocate resources effectively.” – Raphaël