Program

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Tuesday, September 11
7:30 - 8:30 Registration
Location: Regency Foyer, Lobby Level
8:30 - 9:00 Opening Ceremony
Keynote Addresses
Location: Ralston Room, Lobby Level
9:00 - 10:15
Emissions trading systems and other carbon pricing mechanisms can make crucial contributions to achieving the ambitious targets set by the Paris Agreement in a cost-efficient way. As policies continue to evolve, international dialogue and collaboration will be crucial in stimulating mutual understanding and the gradual convergence of diverse systems. The panel will provide the opportunity for stakeholders from different jurisdictions to comment on the current state of play of carbon markets and other carbon pricing mechanisms, with a focus on success stories, issues and barriers and how these were addressed, and ideas or visions about future developments. The discussion will also invite business to provide a perspective on how carbon pricing and emissions trading systems is impacting on their operations and what they see as crucial for the design of these instruments.

Moderator:
  • Leslie Hook, Environment and Clean Energy Correspondent, Financial Times
Speakers:
  • Mauro Pettriccione, Director General, European Commission
  • Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
  • Patricia Fuller, Ambassador for Climate Change, Government of Canada
  • Jiankun He, Chairman, China's Advisory Committee on Climate Change, Director of Low Carbon Economy Lab, Tsinghua University
  • Gerard Mestrallet, Chair (Engie) and Co-Chair, CPLC
10:15 - 10:45 Networking Break
Location: Gold Ballroom, Lobby Level
10:45 - 12:00
In December 2017 government leaders of Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, México, the Governors of California and Washington, and the Premiers of Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec announced their participation in the Paris Declaration on Carbon Pricing in the Americas (the Declaration). Through the Declaration, these leaders committed to implement carbon pricing as a central policy instrument for climate change action; apply a cost of carbon to guide public investment decisions; explore the development of common standards; and collaborate to improve the design and implementation of their respective carbon pricing systems.

The session aims to inform participants about the Declaration, including recent progress under its collaboration platform, priority policy issues, carbon pricing initiatives in member jurisdictions, and opportunities to strengthen collaboration among existing and new members. From this, some good practices can be identified that could inspire more concerted international action. A selection of supporting institutions will present and discuss their collaborative efforts with governments, focusing on how governments are supported to develop their carbon pricing models and the importance of working with stakeholders such as private sector and civil society.

Moderator:
  • Dirk Forrister, President and CEO, IETA
Speakers:
  • Enrique Lendo, Chief International Affairs, SEMARNAT
  • Juan Pedro Searle, Chile - PMR Lead, Ministry of Energy, Chile
  • Angela Naneu Churie Kallhauge, Manager, CPLC
  • Martin Lajoie, Senior Advisor, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Nathaniel Keohane, Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
Location: Gold Ballroom, Lobby Level
13:30 - 14:30
Civil Society can be powerful advocates for climate policies. These groups can provide an important counterweight to industries - and other special interest groups - in climate policy development. A sound participation process fosters ownership and legitimacy of policies while greatly increasing their effectiveness and ensuring broad support. This session will identify concrete barriers to civil society engagement, and potential solutions for overcoming these hurdles. The multi-sector expert panel will highlight future opportunities to drive meaningful cooperation across key stakeholders - civil society, industry, investors and governments - to effectively drive forward smart carbon pricing agendas.

Moderator:
  • Katie Sullivan, Managing Director, IETA
Speakers:
  • Danae Azuara, Mexico Manager, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Dominique Souris, Cofounder, Youth Climate Lab
  • JP Brisson, Partner, Latham Watkins LLP
  • Femke de Jong, Policy Director, Carbon Market Watch
Capacity building is critical in support of the preparation and implementation of climate change mitigation policies, including carbon pricing instruments, to scale up greenhouse gas mitigation efforts. This session will investigate how capacity building efforts should change to address the evolving needs of jurisdictions assessing and implementing carbon pricing systems, particularly as countries seek to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions or strengthen existing systems.

Moderator:
  • Peter Castellas, CEO, Carbon Market Institute
Speakers:
  • Jean-Yves Benoit, Director of the Carbon Market, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Québec
  • Daniel Besley, Senior Climate Change Specialist, PMR Secretariat, World Bank
  • Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner, DeMarco Allan
  • Thomas Forth, Senior Advisor, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
14:30 - 14:45 Short Break
14:45 - 15:45
This event focuses on the role of carbon markets in achieving the mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement and driving increased subnational ambition. New modeling research will be presented on the effects of carbon market cooperation, including in North America. Speakers will include representatives from both subnational and national governments as well as academics and will highlight linkage and cooperation initiatives across jurisdictions.

Moderator:
  • Rick Saines, Partner & Head, North America Climate Change and Environmental Markets Practice, Baker & McKenzie
Speakers:
  • Jos Delbeke, Senior Adviser Hors Classe, European Commission & European Policy Strategy Centre
  • Michael Mehling, Deputy Director, CEEPR-MIT
  • Ruben Lubowski, Chief Natural Resource Economist, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Suzi Kerr, Senior Fellow, Motu, New Zealand
This session looks at the ways in which putting a price on carbon can help drive investments in low carbon and facilitate the transition to a green economy. In 2017, governments raised US$33billion in revenues, a 50% increase from the previous year. There is an array of possible options for the use of these revenues. This panel discussion brings together government representatives to highlight how some jurisdictions are using carbon pricing revenue to fund programs that drive additional mitigation and stimulate low-carbon innovation. On the private sector, over 1300 companies are using or planning to use internal carbon pricing in the upcoming year. Some use shadow prices to visualize the economic impact of the cost of carbon associated with each project, but many others charge their business units and place the revenues in funds that support low carbon innovation. Business leaders will discuss how they are using carbon pricing as an effective transition strategy and finding opportunities to profit in a climate-friendly manner.

Moderator:
  • Helen Mountford, Programme Director, The New Climate Economy, The Global Commission on The Economy and Climate
Speakers:
  • Ghosh Anirban, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra
  • Ben Grumbles, RGGI Chair and Secretary of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Bob Savage, Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Environment & Parks
  • Martin Hession, European Commission
15:45 - 16:15 Networking Break
Location: Gold Ballroom, Lobby Level
16:15 - 17:15
What do all carbon pricing programs have in common? The need to build support across diverse interests and address questions about economic competitiveness. In this session, panelists will share insights on best practices to address competitiveness, such as benchmarking, and the importance of effective communication on carbon pricing benefits. The session will also highlight success stories for existing and emerging programs and lessons learned.

Moderator:
  • Ned Helme, Executive Director Center for Environmental Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California
Speakers:
  • Meredith Fowlie, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley
  • Trieste Lockwood, Senior Policy Advisor, Virginia Governor's Office
  • Constanze Haug, Head of Secretariat, International Carbon Action Partnership
  • Eric Théroux, Assistant Deputy Minister for the fight against Climate Change, Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight against Climate Change (MDDELCC), Québec
Internal carbon pricing has emerged as a preferred tool for organizations to measure, manage, and mitigate their climate risk to prepare for a future in which carbon pricing is a regulatory mandate. Internal carbon pricing is also increasingly being used as management tool for organizations to reduce their carbon footprint and seize opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy. This session will present research insights and open a discussion on how governments and businesses are using internal carbon pricing in procurement and along their value chain to find new ways to work with their partners to unlock a vast decarbonisation potential and make organizations more resilient in a low-carbon future.

Moderator:
  • Vikram Widge, Global Head, Climate Finance & Policy, IFC
Speakers:
  • Noémie Klein, Director, Ecofys – A Navigant Company
  • Joost Bouten, Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)
  • Aurora Winslade, Director of Sustainability, Swarthmore College
  • Paulette van Ommen, Global Climate Lead, Royal DSM, Corporate Sustainability
17:15 - 17:30 Short Break
17:30 - 18:15
Carbon markets can make a key contribution to the achievement of the Paris Agreement goals. Cross border cooperation drives down mitigation costs while driving-up higher levels of climate ambition. In a Talanoa Dialogue-style setting, the Final Plenary of multi-sector experts will share reactions from the day’s earlier sessions, weaving-in their own regional or sector stories about the power and outlook for markets and global cooperation. The group will reflect on what is needed to not only unleash the full, power of markets but also the vital role of State and non-State actor collaboration/innovation in realizing this goal.

Moderator:
  • Dirk Forrister, President & CEO, IETA
Speakers:
  • Beatriz Yordi, Director of Carbon Markets, DG Clima, European Commission
  • Glen Murray, Executive Director, Pembina
  • Mandy Rambharos, Climate Change and Sustainable Development CoE, Group Risk and Sustainability Eskom
  • David Hone, Chief Climate Change Adviser, Shell International
18:15 - 18:30
Speaker:
  • Matt Rodriquez, Secretary for Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection Agency
18:30 - 19:30 Cocktail Reception
Location: Gold Ballroom, Lobby Level


Side Events
12:30 - 13:30
Organised by: Xpansiv

This event will highlight how the convergence of distributed ledger technology, smart contracts, digitized data, monitoring systems, MRV standards and certifications, are helping drive the transition to the low-carbon economy, starting with the base of global supply chains. Panelists will discuss: a new digital commodity ecosystem comprised of energy and commodity producers and end-users; creation of new financial products based on real-time, primary production data and independent verifications/certifications; corporate and institutional demand for sustainable, supply chain and energy inputs, and the role of standards and certification bodies in the digital transformation of commodity market.

Moderator:
  • Katie Sullivan, Managing Director, IETA
Speakers:
  • Nathan Rockliff, Co-Founder & Managing Director USA, CBL Markets
  • Cameron Prell, Founding Partner, CO2Efficient Group
  • Marion Verles, CEO, Gold Standard
  • Joe Madden, CEO, Xpansiv
13:45 - 14:45
Organised by: Environmental Defense Fund and Tsinghua University

After 4 years of piloting phase, China national carbon market was launched on December 19 2017, which is the largest carbon market in the world. The initial phase will cover power generation sectors only. However, all 8 major industry sectors have been involved in MRV process since 2016. Key policy-makers, researchers, industry representatives and NGOs will give the audiences an overview of current progress, take a deep dive into the design element, and discuss the future development of China’s National Carbon Market.

Speakers:
  • Zhixuan Wang, Vice President, China Electricity Council
  • Yande Dai, Senior Fellow, Energy Research Institute, China National Development and Reform Commission
  • Xiliang Zhang, Professor, Tsinghua University
  • Jinmei Li, Director, China Building Materials Federation
  • Cyril Cassisa, Senior Carbon Market Analyst, International Energy Agency
15:00 - 16:00
Organised by: International Carbon Action Partnership

What are the key lessons policymakers have learned when it comes to designing and operating linked emissions trading systems? Join ICAP and panelists from jurisdictions considering or actively participating in a linked market for a discussion on the key takeaways in the newly launched Guide to Linking Emissions Trading Systems. From benefits and risks, to design alignment, the linking agreement and management of the linked market - this new guide covers every step of the linking process.

Moderator:
  • Constanze Haug, Head, International Carbon Action Partnership
Speakers:
  • Marissa Santikarn, Project Manager, International Carbon Action Partnership
  • Jean-Yves Benoit, Cap and Trade Lead, Government of Quebec
16:15 - 17:15
Organised by: Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany

2018 is expected to be the year for setting the basis for a serious integration of REDD+ activities into international carbon markets. In October/November the ICAO Council may adopt rules for Offsetting schemes for CORSIA, and the Paris Rule Book, to be decided at COP24 in Katowice in December, may comprise REDD+ activities under Article 6. At the side-event questions will be raised on the open items of both processes.

Moderator:
  • Thomas Forth, Senior Advisor, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
Speakers:
  • Annie Petsonk, International Counsel, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Nicholas van Aelstyn, Partner, SheppardMullin
  • Darragh Conway, Senior Legal Counsel, Climate Focus
  • Eduardo Reyes, Climate Change, Senior Advisor, Panama