In researching my article on carbon financing in the developing world, I had the opportunity to speak with Erik Wurster, the carbon finance manager at an organization called E+Co. E+Co has been on the forefront of this industry and has been one of the leading innovators. Newsweek recently highlighted their efforts to distribute clean-burning cookstoves – a topic I have discussed in this journal – in Ghana. It provides a great overview of how this complicated process works. In an article for Next Billion, Tracy Smith of E+Co describes the company’s focus:
E+Co, a mission-driven clean energy investor in developing countries, is working to implement strategies that enable Wall Street investors to put capital to work in developing countries through the carbon markets. Unlike more traditional carbon finance developers, however, E+Co strives to ensure that dollars flowing from carbon credits make it to the bottom of the pyramid.
I asked him a series of questions about some challenges facing organizations trying to break into this space. Be warned that it contains more technical jargon than I usually have in the Journal. I have included the answers to all of his questions here. Continue reading