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The Carbon Rating Agency announces appointment of Christiana Figueres to its senior team

26 February 2009

The Carbon Rating Agency announces appointment of key carbon market participant Christiana Figueres to its senior team

The Carbon Rating Agency has announced the appointment of Christiana Figueres, a leading UN climate negotiator and expert on the Clean Development Mechanism, as Vice-Chair of IDEAcarbon’s Carbon Rating Agency, and Chairman designate of Carbon Rating Agency USA.

Christiana Figueres is one of the most experienced CDM experts in the climate change field. She is a former member of the CDM Executive Board, has been an official negotiator of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol since 1995, and is currently Vice President of the UNFCCC Bureau. Figueres has been a member of the Carbon Rating Agency Rating Committee since early 2008, and will now take on the additional role of Vice Chair of the Carbon Rating Agency. She will also be responsible for building the Carbon Rating Agency’s work in the USA.

Speaking in response to her appointment, Ms Figueres said “by enabling market participants to understand and quantify risk, the Carbon Rating Agency is playing a key role in the evolution of the carbon markets. I am looking forward to playing a central role in expanding the work of the Agency as we start to rate important and complex new instruments such as Programmatic CDM, and as we build our business in the rapidly developing US carbon markets ”.

Announcing the appointment, Ian Johnson, Chairman of the Carbon Rating Agency, said “we are delighted that Christiana Figueres has decided to scale up her work with the Carbon Rating Agency. The Carbon Rating Agency’s work requires the input of highly experienced individuals with hands-on experience of the risk factors that affect the success of carbon reduction projects. The insight and networks that Christiana brings to our team will help ensure that we continue to provide our clients with unparalleled analysis of carbon assets.”

About IDEAcarbon

IDEAcarbon is an independent and professional provider of ratings, research and strategic advice on carbon finance. Its services are designed to provide leading financial institutions, corporations, governments, traders and developers with intelligence and analysis of the factors that affect the pricing of carbon market assets.

The IDEAcarbon team are leading experts in the carbon and energy markets. They combine policy and financial intelligence with proprietary tools for the analysis of credit risk. Their techniques assist their clients to manage and mitigate risk in today's uncertain global carbon markets.

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About the Carbon Rating Agency

The Carbon Ratings Agency is a wholly owned subsidiary of IDEAcarbon. Its mission is to improve the functioning and efficiency of the carbon markets. The Carbon Rating Agency's ratings and opinions are unencumbered and independent - it does not trade, buy, sell or originate carbon credits.

Further details of the Carbon Rating Agency’s approach to rating carbon assets are available at

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All information contained herein has been obtained by the Carbon Ratings Agency from sources believed by it to be accurate and reasonable. Although reasonable care has been taken to ensure that the information herein is true, such information is provided ‘as is’ without any warranty of any kind, and the Carbon Ratings Agency in particular, makes no representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of any such information. All information contained herein must be construed solely as statements of opinion, and the Carbon Ratings Agency.

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