Kevin Conrad dreamed up REDD as an MBA project in Columbia University, New York. He then persuaded PNG and Costa Rica to present REDD to the UNFCCC.
In 1987, Sheryl Sturges was Director of Strategic Planning at AES Corporation, the US-based energy company. AES was planning to build a new 181 MW coal-fired power plant in Connecticut. But the company’s CEO, Roger W. Sant, was worried about climate change.
In the previous post in the “REDDheads” series, about the people behind REDD, REDD-Monitor looked at Freeman Dyson’s thought experiment in the mid-1970s about planting vast areas with trees to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.
REDD did not appear from nowhere. Behind the idea are people and institutions who have promoted REDD in different ways over the past decades. Understanding REDD means understanding the players involved and their motivations for promoting a scheme to generate carbon credits from tropical forests instead of finding ways to keep fossil fuels in the…