IETA LIVE: Innovate4Climate (I4C) 2023: Linking Climate Innovation with Investment Opportunities – Transforming Dialogue into Action




Bilbao, Spain


27 Jun 2023
8:00 AM (UTC-05:00)


29 Jun 2023
5:00 PM (UTC-05:00)

Co-hosted by World Bank Group (WBG) & International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

  • Join us for this special ‘Teaser’ event to find out what this 7th edition of I4C has in store for you. Back in-person, hosted by the World Bank Group, in collaboration with the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, and German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and supported by IETA, I4C is the preeminent global platform for dialogue between the public and private sectors, showcasing opportunities and innovations for low-carbon, resilient development, and fostering an exchange of knowledge to promote investments in transformative climate-smart solutions.

    With a focus on scaling climate action in a changing world, this edition will highlight the importance of innovation and how it can trigger and amplify good climate outcomes. The event will discuss the potential of carbon markets to unlock climate finance, and showcase business and government leadership in driving innovative financing solutions and policy shifts.

  • Welcome Address & Facilitator:

    Dirk Forrister, President & CEO – International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

    Opening Remarks:

    Venkata Ramana Putti, Program Manager, Climate and Carbon Finance – World Bank

    Host Governments & UN Addresses:

    • Nicole Wilke, Head of Division International Financing of the Transformation, International Market Mechanisms – Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Germany (BMWK)
    • Ignacio Sánchez Garcia, Deputy Director Spanish Climate Change Office – Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Spain
    • James Grabert, Director of Mitigation – UNFCCC

    Roundtable Conversation:

    Moderator & Introduction: Katie Sullivan, Managing Director – International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)


    • Belinda Ellington, Managing Director, General Counsel Commodities – Citigroup
    • Andrea Abrahams, Managing Director – International Carbon Reduction and Offset Accreditation (ICROA)
    • Paul Zakkour, Director – Carbon Counts