Who We Are

We are a South African voluntary organisation, registered as a Not-for-Profit-Organisation (055-238-NPO), and are funded mainly through our own projects. Our aim is to assist poverty alleviating projects in Southern Africa to benefit from carbon revenue.

We share a common understanding that global warming, if left unchecked, will negatively effect the lives of every person on this planet and think markets have a role to play in addressing this problem. We share a common vision of passing on the planet to the next generation in a better state than we found it. We believe that effective carbon-saving projects can make this vision happen as well as provide income and access to basic servics for those most in need.

We aim to reduce the cost of making the carbon market work in Southern Africa. We are independent, non-profit and facilitatory. We are generous with our knowledge and our experience and motivated by social justice, functional markets and poverty alleviation.

We focus on small scale renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) projects that simultaneoulsy reduce emissions and alleviate poverty.

Anton Cartwright

Anton is an Oxford University trained economist. His formal qualifications involve an undergraduate degree in agriculture and post-graduate degrees in economics and environmental change and management.

His career to date has focused on the causal interactions between human poverty and environmental degradation. He has worked for the World Bank, the European Union, the Stockholm Environment Institute and local governments and local NGOs in South Africa on issues ranging from sustainable trade, land reform, integrated water resource management, local economic development and climate change.

As a founding member of PACE Anton is responsible for the conceptual development of marketing and project opportunities. He has experience in writing project idea notes, project design documents and in conducting due diligence on the viability of carbon trading projects.

Jacqui Boulle

Jacqui has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and more than 25 years development experience in the public and NGO sectors, the last 20 of which have been in a management or advisory role.

Jacqui has worked in South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria and Indonesia. She has special expertise in urban development, local economic development, poverty reduction, community participation, public/private partnerships and leadership.

Peter Atkins

Peter graduated as an electrical engineer and joined for Eskom for a few years. He then changed careers and worked in Operations Research and IT in the oil industry (Shell and later BP) for more than 20 years before deciding to enter the field of sustainable energy. To this end he has just completed his thesis for an MSc at UCT's Energy Research Centre. Peter has been involved in taking the Credible Carbon registry online, a first for Southern Africa.

William Frater

William studied history and economics at the University of Cape Town, and proceeded to Cambridge to read an M.Phil in International Relations. Following his return from Cambridge in 1992, William worked as a freelance journalist. Following this he spent a period investigating retail and distribution trends in South African townships. In 1995, William started working for the Foundation for Contemporary Research, where he worked on transport and local economic development policy issues. In 1998, William was one of the co-founders of Frater Asset Management, a Cape Town based asset management company. After training as an analyst, William established the engagement unit at Frater Asset Management, which has become a leader in this field as well as other areas of socially responsible investment. In May 2007, William resigned from Frater Asset Management after working there for nine years to commence a PhD in law. The focus of his studies will be on Director Responsibility and corporate governance in terms of the newly drafted Companies Bill. Most importantly, William is a highly committed South African who has chosen to actively participate in the building of a sustainable future.

Dean Cooper

Dean no longer works at PACE or Credible Carbon having leap-frogged on to UNEP in Paris. We continue, however, to be grateful to him for his vision and efforts in founding PACE together with Anton Cartwright and Cindy Sampson in 2004.

Derek Morgan

Derek no longer works at PACE or Credible Carbon but was instrumental in putting many of our current systems and visions in place between 2007 and 2009 when he worked with us. Derek has gone on to do impressive work with eThekwini Municipality's renewable energy effort.