Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors names Craig Ebert as new President to lead the continued growth of the pioneering organization

June 6, 2016

New leadership comes at pivotal time for the internationally recognized nonprofit organization

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors today announced that it appointed internationally recognized climate change expert and industry veteran Craig Ebert as the organization’s new President, effective immediately.  Craig, who previously served as the organization’s VP of Policy, takes the leadership role during a pivotal time of growth and new opportunity for the Climate Action Reserve, known globally as a pioneer in establishing rigorous, transparent standards for carbon offsets.

“Since its launch, the Climate Action Reserve has successfully brought credibility and integrity to carbon offsets as an impactful tool for reducing emissions, and now the organization has opportunities to apply its expertise to broader applications.  These factors were critical in the search for our next President. The Board is thrilled that Craig will be leading the organization in our next exciting phase of growth and to maintain the high bar for quality that we are known for.  His expertise in carbon accounting principles and policies, industry reputation and experience in growing new initiatives make him a wonderful fit for the President role and we are eager to begin working with him in this new capacity,” said Linda Adams, Chair of the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors.  “We also greatly appreciate the admirable, professional performance of our full management team who collectively stepped up to the plate during our comprehensive presidential search process.”

During his career, Craig has helped create foundational elements of international, national and corporate policies to address climate change, including pioneering efforts on carbon accounting principles.  He has led efforts to develop methods adopted by the IPCC as its National GHG Inventory Programme, supported U.S. negotiations on international climate change agreements, and also helped develop the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI) provisions under the Kyoto Protocol.  He joined the Reserve after advising the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and working over 30 years at ICF, a top-ranked environmental consulting firm.

During his tenure as the Reserve’s VP of Policy, Craig oversaw the continued development of the organization’s offset protocols, directed the development of the organization’s new climate investment rating program and helped strengthen and expand the organization’s international work.

“I am honored to accept the President position and to continue our ground-breaking work with such an exceptionally-talented team, an engaged Board of Directors and tremendous partners.  Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time.  The Climate Action Reserve has already made meaningful contributions in addressing this challenge and we have more exciting opportunities before us to foster creative, market-oriented and effective solutions to save our planet from dangerous human impacts on our global environment,” said Craig.