Association of Carbon Professionals
The carbon professionals that it is aimed at are: carbon managers, carbon traders and analysts, energy managers, facilities managers, climate change policy makers, carbon management students and academic or professional researchers. They work on reducing carbon emissions either directly, or indirectly through offsets and energy and carbon markets.
Formation of ACP
Founded in 2011, The Association of Carbon Professionals (ACP) is Europe's first professional organisation targeted at carbon practitioners. ACP has spun out from The University of Edinburgh and is driven by its current interim board of directors, who are academics and alumni of Edinburgh University’s masters degrees in Carbon Management and Carbon Finance.
The members of the interim board of directors are; Dr. Andy Kerr (Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation), Francisco Ascui (Programme Director, MSc Carbon Finance - Edinburgh University) and Kevin Houston (Director, Carbon Masters).
ACP is currently running a series of Carbon Clinics, which are an opportunity to draw together people working to reduce emissions and to provide an informal setting for them to talk about relevant topics, network and exchange solutions for their problems.
The first Carbon Clinic hosted by the ACP was based around the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme and the new Carbon Masters analysis report of the recently published Performance League Table. Speakers included Carbon Masters, ENDS Carbon and Fife Council.
ACP Official Launch
This evening event will provide an excellent opportunity to network with a wide range of like-minded professionals plus an exhibition showcase of ACP’s Corporate Members. A range of investors, academics, entrepreneurs, students and other professionals will be in attendance to mark the beginning of an exciting new professional association that is working on the transition to the low carbon economy.
Membership of the Association of Carbon Professionals comes with many benefits, all of which help members build knowledge as well as develop their skills, networks and progress their careers in the transition to the low carbon economy.
The Association of Carbon Professionals offers 3 membership levels:
Student: For those studying for relevant degrees or qualifications).
Associate: Associate members are professionals with experience in climate change management; through one or more roles as carbon managers, carbon traders and analysts, energy managers, facilities managers, climate change policy makers, carbon management students and academic or professional researchers.
Corporate Membership: This type of membership is open to organisations who support the association and the transition to a low carbon economy. In order to qualify for Corporate Membership we require that at least one employee from the organisation also joins at Associate Member level.
ACP in the Future
In the short term, the Association of Carbon Professionals aims to:
Provide their members with local events and publications relating to carbon management issues.
Create a platform for information-sharing and networking. Provide continued assistance and support with ongoing professional development in the field of carbon management.
Raise awareness of and support for the role that carbon professionals can play in the transition to low carbon economy; amongst Government, Civil society and Business.
Develop a professional accreditation scheme, aimed at building skills and maintaining standards within the industry.