Preview Screening: The Carbon Crooks + Q&A
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Tom Heinemann.
In order to cut down carbon emissions and curb global warming, the EU set up a structure of carbon trading – the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). The idea was that the market would pay for the reduction of carbon emissions.
This system would soon become one of the world’s fastest growing scams. Between 2010 and 2011, more than 50 million euros worth of carbon permits were stolen by hackers from a handful of national registries. They used elaborate tactics such as triggering fire alarms in government buildings to create a diversion, giving them time to access accounts.
In Carbon Crooks, director Tom Heinemann documents the failure of carbon trading, and through interviews and case studies he investigates the mechanisms of fraud in the carbon markets.
Tom Heinemann has been working as an independent investigative journalist for two decades. He has received numerous awards for his work, such as “Outstanding Investigative Journalist” by the association on investigative journalism in Denmark (FUJ) and the Prix Italia in the current affairs selection.
Directed by Tom Heinemann