Andrew Howard is Senior Director for Climate Finance and Markets at Verra, where he leads strategic engagement to develop opportunities for its carbon-related standards to build greater scale and ambition in climate action. He works with market development initiatives in the voluntary space as well as with governmental and intergovernmental initiatives to shape new frameworks for private and public sector finance to make effective use of Verra’s toolset and to feed needs and priorities back into Verra’s work programs.
Andrew has been working on climate policy and carbon markets for over 20 years. As an independent consultant before joining Verra, he worked on projects with a range of government clients, international institutions and business groups. Much of this work fed into the UNFCCC negotiations, particularly on international cooperation under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, as well as the development of country-level market strategies and frameworks to support the growth and success of voluntary markets.
Prior to this, Andrew spent over 15 years with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat. He started there to help build up carbon markets under the Kyoto Protocol, including by establishing the Clean Development Mechanism, international emissions trading and Kyoto’s international accounting framework and infrastructure. Later he led the secretariat’s support to the executive boards of Kyoto’s CDM and JI crediting programs and was responsible in the secretariat for the strategic development of carbon markets, including through coordinating the UNFCCC negotiations on markets and supporting the development of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.