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Day 1 Preconference
Laurel Hill
Day 2 Conference
Day 3 Conference
Laurel Hill
09:00 - 17:30
Driving Innovation: Behind the Scenes at Tesla and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Tesla revolutionized the electric vehicle market, which is of key importance to state and national goals for reducing emissions from the transportation sector. The company’s innovation is not only displayed in its pioneering ideas and its vehicles but also in its manufacturing. The Tesla Factory in Fremont is one of the world’s most advanced automotive factories. Tesla has occupied the 5.3 million square foot facility since 2010, and the first Model S rolled off the line in June 2012. The facility has gone through extensive remodeling since Tesla acquired it and is now capable of producing more than 100,000 vehicles annually.

On this tour, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the factory and learn about the innovation and efficiency that goes into manufacturing each vehicle that rolls out of the facility.

After touring the Tesla Factory, the tour will stop at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to visit a few of the lab’s world famous facilities and speak with scientists there.

Fee: $50

09:00 - 14:00
Exploring Urban Forestry in San Francisco

Urban forests bring some of the qualities of forest ecosystems right into the concrete jungle.  Under the Climate Action Reserve’s urban forest protocols, urban entities are given the potential to participate in the carbon market through urban forest management and tree planting, which bring numerous co-benefits to nearby communities.  However, despite the benefits and incentives, the development of offset projects has been slow to gain momentum.  This tour will take an on-the-ground look at San Francisco’s urban forest management plan, with a focus on the history of urban forestry and how the city plan will be managed into the future.  Tour attendees will learn about urban forest market incentives and management systems, the barriers that have existed in the carbon market and what is being done to help this project type take off.




Anne Brask, San Francisco Planning Department
Chris Buck, San Francisco Public Works
James Scheid, Calfire Urban Forester, Bay Area


Tour attendees should wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to venture around the city by foot.


Fee: $30

08:00 - 16:00
Registration Open
09:00 - 12:00
Forestry – Journey through the Compliance and Voluntary Markets

Forestry remains one of the most recognizable offset types. It has generated more offsets in California’s Cap-and-Trade Program than any other project type and remains a favorite of corporate offsetters. It is also one of the most complicated. This two-hour workshop will discuss the U.S. Forest Projects Compliance Offset Protocol in California’s program and the Reserve’s current effort to revise its voluntary protocol to stimulate activity among smaller landowners. We will also discuss the status of the Reserve’s Mexico Forest Carbon protocol. This workshop will be especially valuable for landowners, consultants, compliance and voluntary offset buyers, project developers and anyone interested in learning more about climate actions that involve forests.


Fee: $150

09:00 - 12:00
California Cap-and-Trade 101 Workshop


California’s Cap-and-Trade Program is the centerpiece of the state’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and has also served as a model for national and subnational governments around the world.  With new promises on the U.S. federal level to repeal or significantly weaken federal climate regulations, California’s program now sits in a brighter spotlight as an effective initiative with strong government support.


This three-hour workshop will cover the basics of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. Speakers will discuss how the program fits into AB 32 and SB 32, timeframes established under the program, compliance entities and their obligations and basic market structure.  The workshop is an excellent primer for people starting to learn about the program and a comprehensive refresher course for people wanting to brush up on their Cap-and-Trade Program knowledge.


Fee: $150

10:00 - 11:00
Communicating Climate Change Issues

Room: Laurel Hill
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing society. Yet the complexity of the topic and polarized views hamper efforts to communicate the urgency of the threats it poses. What are effective ways to communicate this pressing issue? A panel of journalists and scientists will discuss the challenges of communicating climate change and ways to engage various audiences.

11:00 - 12:00
Voluntary Carbon Markets: Trends in North America

Room: Nob Hill

Climate change politics giving you a headache? Come learn about voluntary offsetting in North America!

While politicians may bicker over whether climate change is real, businesses around the world have already taken action towards a low carbon future. In this session, Ecosystem Marketplace will present preliminary findings from our annual State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2017 report, with a focus on North American suppliers and buyers. We will highlight the latest trends in 2016 carbon offset demand, breaking out data by average price, project type, standard, and more. We’ll also present new data around buyer motivation for purchasing these offsets.

13:00 - 15:00
California Compliance Offset Program Workshop

The Climate Action Reserve invites you to attend a workshop that will provide an overview of California’s Compliance Offset Program, exploring the process for submitting projects under Compliance Offset Protocols, verification of compliance offset projects and invalidation. The workshop will also cover important changes to the Compliance Offset Protocols and lessons learned from market participants and the Reserve in its role as an Offset Project Registry. This workshop will be useful for consultants, compliance offset buyers, project developers, policymakers, and anyone interested in learning more about California’s compliance offset program. It is being offered at a deeply discounted rate as an NACW pre-conference workshop.


Fee: $100

13:00 - 15:00
Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors Meeting

Agenda to be provided in April

13:00 - 14:00
WCI Carbon Triptych: an Integrated Sectoral Price Forecast through 2030

Room: Nob Hill are pleased to present their latest 2030 Integrated Carbon Price Forecast for the tripartite WCI carbon market.

Showcasing an in-depth analysis of the long term emission scenarios of covered sectors under the WCI cap-and-trade program, has developed a bottom-up econometric emissions forecast model. The model integrates sector specific forecasts for each of the program’s covered sectors across all jurisdictions. The forecasts delve into the complementary measures, sector-specific policy implications entwined with economic growth, and include in-depth analyses of inter-sectoral behaviour.

This 2030 Integrated Carbon Price Forecast is a first of its kind model available to the market, incorporating emissions from all three jurisdictions: California, Quebec and Ontario and all of their respective emitting sectors.

The final report also includes surplus-shortage analysis for different scenarios related to up-coming auctions and their impact on secondary market prices.

Continually providing the latest and most comprehensive analytics and market services to a wide range of stakeholders across the WCI carbon market, are delighted to be sharing their most recent model and look forward to exhibiting the new forecast at NACW 2017.

13:00 - 16:00
Current Legal Issues Shaping and Reshaping Carbon and Climate Policy

Carbon and climate policies on state, regional, national, and international levels are facing a number of legal issues that could significantly reshape or potentially halt them. For example, lawsuits currently are proceeding against the Clean Power Plan, California’s Cap-and-Trade Program, and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, with unanswered questions about the future of these programs impacting various markets. Additionally, in the wake of the U.S. presidential election, there has been much speculation regarding the particular mechanisms that could be utilized to influence climate regulation. This workshop will assess the legal issues and mechanisms potentially reshaping carbon and climate policy. California MCLE credits available. This workshop is hosted by Latham & Watkins.


Fee: $245

13:00 - 15:30
Jurisdictional Accounting Frameworks – California Initiatives

Jurisdictional accounting frameworks for REDD+ have been under development internationally at both federal and state levels. Taking the lead from REDD+ principles, California is exploring a novel approach to calculating GHG emissions and reductions at the county level. We will discuss the general principles of jurisdictional accounting systems and the status of market opportunities to support them. We will focus on the evolution of jurisdictional accounting frameworks in California to account for the full suite of landcover classes, including agriculture, forests (including urban), grasslands, shrublands, and wetlands. The California framework will provide local planners with tools to develop and implement activities that align GHG reductions with environmental and social benefits. This strategy aims to align with national, state, and local climate policy incentives, such as NRCS conservation strategies, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds, and CEQA mitigation. This workshop will be of interest to county planners, farmers, ranchers, forest landowners, and other land managers.


Fee: $100

14:00 - 15:00
WCI, Inc. Presentation
15:00 - 16:30
Fresh Thinking: Mooving towards a Climate-Friendly Cow

Room: Cathedral Hill

There are currently more than 1.5 billion cows on earth, with each one producing more carbon emissions than the average car. According to the UN FAO, the livestock industry, its supply chain and lifecycle of all animals raised for food is the third largest carbon emitter after energy, industry and more than the entire transportation sector. The hundreds of liters of methane belched by the cow each day, because of the enteric fermentation in its digestive system, is 84 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in the first 20 years of its lifespan.

As the world population is estimated to reach over 9 billion people by 2050, this will require an increase in annual meat and dairy production by hundreds of million of tonnes.

Livestock methane emissions are rising faster than CO2 requiring dedicated attention and raised awareness in its own right as it is more potent and hazardous in the global warming context. It is clear that livestock agriculture can and should be part of the immediate solution to tackling climate change. With the right innovative approaches, solutions and policies, we can reduce methane emissions while growing the industry and our economies.

This workshop will provide an overview of the current state of livestock agriculture and its direct and collateral impact and future projections. It will focus on the science of enteric fermentation and powerful methods for reducing livestock emissions. Finally, it will open dialogue about how these emissions can be measured and packaged for the carbon markets – demonstrating clear economic and market incentives for the industry to drive sustainability throughout the livestock supply chain.

15:30 - 17:00
The Role of Renewable Gas in Cutting the Most Potent Climate Pollutants

Room: Union Square

The renewable gas market is about to take off in California and other parts of the country as renewable gas provides an important strategy to reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants from organic waste and carbon emissions from the transportation, electricity and industrial sectors. Renewable gas provides the lowest carbon transportation fuel of any kind – including the only fuels that are certified as carbon negative by the California Air Resources Board. Increasing renewable gas production and use is also critical to reducing emissions of the most potent climate pollutants, known as Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, such as methane and black carbon. Converting organic waste to renewable biogas can dramatically cut black carbon from wildfire, from diesel truck emissions, and can also cut methane from livestock, landfills and other facilities. Creating renewable gas from excess renewable power can also provide an important and cost-effective form of energy storage for solar and wind power.

15:30 - 17:30
The Growing Potential for Offsets in Mexico

Mexico has recently released plans to develop a national Emissions Trading Scheme with the intent to launch simulations in 2017. Currently, Mexico has an emerging voluntary carbon market with a functioning trading platform (Plataforma Mexicana de CO2), and, in 2014, established a carbon tax that potentially allows businesses to apply certain offsets to comply with the tax.


The Climate Action Reserve has developed several voluntary protocols for offsets in Mexico, including Forestry, Livestock, Landfill, ODS, and Industrial Boiler Efficiency. The Reserve has been working with Pronatura and other partners in Mexico to complete the first verification of the Forest Protocol’s pilot project in San Juan Lachao, Oaxaca. This project sold its initial round of credits on Mexico’s trading platform in early 2017.


This two-hour workshop will discuss various market-based mechanisms emerging in Mexico, the increasing interest in the Reserve’s Mexican Forest Protocol, and the general role of offsets within these frameworks, highlighting recent achievements and lessons learned. This workshop will be presented by the Climate Action Reserve, Pronatura and other stakeholders engaged in the Mexican offset market

16:00 - 17:00
Know the GHG Impact of Your Investment: an Introduction to Climate Impact Score™

Room: Sutter
The world needs an estimated US$90 trillion in sustainable infrastructure investments to reduce climate risk and achieve the global greenhouse gas reduction goals set in the Paris Agreement. In order to attract and grow the financing we need, the markets must have transparent information about an investment’s GHG impacts. To help meet this need, the Climate Action Reserve has combined its expertise in developing standardized methodologies, reputation for integrity, and insights and counsel from leaders in the energy and finance sectors to develop an innovative new program called Climate Impact Score™. Climate Impact Score is a decision-making tool that allows the finance community to understand the GHG reduction potential of investment products across asset classes. This workshop will discuss the power and importance of knowing the GHG impact of investments and the role Climate Impact Score can play.

16:00 - 17:00
The Impact of Undersubscribed Auctions on the Carbon Market

Room: Nob Hill
The California-Quebec carbon market has faced a turbulent 15 months as five consecutive auctions have gone undersubscribed and 143 million jurisdictionally-owned allowances are currently being withheld from the market. The return of these allowances to auctions will depend in part on future market participants’ behavior and could have a short-term impact on the supply-demand fundamentals. This session will explore how market dynamics are being impacted by entities opting out of auctions and what impact that could have on the future market balance.

07:45 - 08:45
08:00 - 17:45
Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
08:45 - 09:50
Welcome and Keynote Addresses
Craig Ebert
President, Climate Action Reserve
Linda Adams
Chair, Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors
Betty Yee
California State Controller
Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
Tom Steyer
Founder and President, NextGen Climate