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Pre-conference Tours
2018-04-03
Day 1 Preconference
2018-04-04
Day 2 Conference
2018-04-05
Day 3 Conference
2018-04-06
08:00 - 17:00
Continuing to Lead with Science

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been committed to pioneering science since it was founded in 1931. To date, thirteen Nobel prizes are associated with Berkeley Lab, 70 Berkeley Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences, 13 Berkeley Lab scientists have won the National Medal of Science, 18 Berkeley Lab engineers have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering and three Berkeley Lab scientists have been elected into the Institute of Medicine. On this tour, attendees will visit the prestigious Berkeley Lab and hear from scientists conducting pioneering research in different areas of climate science, including GHG mitigation, and see work in progress.

Fee: $50

09:00 - 17:00
Sea Level Rise: Risks and Adaptation for the Bay Area

Sea level rise has already had very real and very catastrophic effects on island nations and coastal communities. It also poses very real threats for the Bay Area. Projections that were at one time considered extreme are now expected to be conservative, with the Bay Area potentially expecting up to 10 feet in sea level rise by 2100. According to a state-commissioned report on climate change, California’s coasts could experience sea level rise 30 to 40 times faster than in the last century. On this tour, attendees will learn about the current effects and future threats of climate change on coastal communities and innovative initiatives to address climate impacts and sea level rise.

Fee: $50

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 served as a model for national and subnational governments around the world since its launch in 2012.  With work being undertaken 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, what developments may happen with AB 398 in place, 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

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.  On the U.S. federal level, lawsuits are proceeding against the Clean Power Plan and the Trump administration is continuing to fuel much speculation about how it can influence and rescind climate regulation. In California, 2017 saw closure to the lawsuit against the state’s California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and the upholding to most of the state’s low carbon fuel standard, but lawsuits continue to shape climate policy in the state. This workshop will assess the legal issues and mechanisms potentially reshaping carbon and climate policy.

Fee: $245

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, which will explore the program basics including the process for submitting projects under Compliance Offset Protocols, verification of compliance offset projects and invalidation. The workshop also will cover important changes to the Compliance Offset Program and lessons learned from market participants and the Reserve in its role as an Offset Project Registry. Additionally, workshop presenters will discuss the projected impact on the Compliance Offset Program from AB 398, which reauthorized the continuation of the state’s Cap-and-Trade Program through 2030. 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.

Fee: $100

07:45 - 08:45
Breakfast
08:00 - 17:30
Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
08:45 - 09:50
Welcome and Keynote Addresses
09:50 - 10:00
Climate Action Champion and Project Developer Awards Presentations
10:00 - 11:00
Plenary Session
11:00 - 11:20
Break
11:20 - 12:20
Breakout Sessions
11:20 - 12:20
Path 1: State of the North American Carbon Market

Path 1: Markets and Finance

In 2017 Ontario linked with Quebec bringing it officially into the WCI and creating a stronger, larger market; Oregon looks primed to join this year. New Jersey recently rejoined RGGI in early 2018, and Virginia has proposed legislation to do the same. California extended its cap and trade program under AB398 and Mexico plans to launch its market in the summer of 2018. How have these developments affected carbon markets? In this session, a recurring and must-attend at NACW, experts will examine the State of the North American carbon markets, and explore how policy is shaping and affecting the markets and prices.

11:20 - 12:20
Path 2: West Side Stories: Climate Leadership from the Pacific Coast

Path 2: Subnational Leadership

The Pacific Coast is the land of pioneers and entrepreneurs, free spirits and movie stars.  Clean air, clean water, bountiful wildlife and abundant food are what made this region a big promise of the promised land.  West Coast states have not forgotten what makes this land great and the need to protect it.  Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington have all pushed full steam ahead with their state-level climate initiatives and doubled-down on their stances and activities in the absence of federal action and presence of climate denial.  Speakers will discuss their state initiatives that show subnational leadership to the rest of the country and the world.  

11:20 - 12:20
Path 3: Local Stories: Environmental Justice Issues, Goals and Investments

Path 3: Climate Initiatives and Policy

Disadvantaged communities are among those hit the hardest by day-to-day pollution and climate change issues. The Environmental Justice (EJ) voice has increased its volume and its audience has grown. In California, the EJ community has been vocal about its local issues, goals for emissions reductions and plans for investment of auction revenue and other funding. In this session, speakers from the community and working for the community will focus on the local voice and stories.

11:20 - 12:20
Path 4: LCFS Market Update

Path 4: Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

12:20 - 13:00
Lunch and Networking
13:00 - 13:30
Speed Networking
13:30 - 14:30
Breakout Sessions
13:30 - 14:30
Path 1: North American Carbon Market Outlook

Path 1: Markets and Finance

Market participants and others have kept a close watch on the growth of the North American carbon market and for good reason. Ontario’s cap-and-trade program launched January 1, 2017 and in September, the province signed an agreement to link with the California/Québec markets. Oregon’s legislature is expected to vote on a cap-and-trade program for the state this spring, and other Canadian provinces are also looking at different options for pricing carbon. South of the U.S. border, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies to the Climate Change Law is expected to be considered by the Senate this spring, and included in that law is the order for SEMARNAT to establish a carbon market. What does the future of the North American compliance and voluntary markets look like? What players and influences may have significant impacts in their continued development?

13:30 - 14:30
Path 2: California Policy Roadmap: the Updated Scoping Plan and Direction of State Agencies

Path 2: Subnational Leadership

In December 2017, the California Air Resources Board approved an updated Scoping Plan, which provides a roadmap for how the state will reach its economywide emissions reduction goals. This session will look at that roadmap, policies under it and the roles different state departments play in achieving the emissions reduction goals.

13:30 - 14:30
Path 3: Rising from the Ashes: State Responses to the CPP Dismantling

Path 3: Climate Initiatives and Policy

EPA is rolling back the Clean Power Plan, the federal rule setting greenhouse gas standards for the power sector.  Whether EPA abandons climate regulation of power plants entirely, or replaces the rule with a much weaker standard, the Clean Power Plan likely represents the high water mark for near-term federal climate action.  Many states are stepping into the void, and taking steps to address climate change through local initiatives. This session will explore the battle over CPP federal regulations, review the challenge to the EPA endangerment finding, and explore how state-level initiatives and best practices are addressing climate change in lieu of a federal mandate.

13:30 - 14:30
Path 4: West Coast LCFS Update

Path 4: Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

14:40 - 15:40
Breakout Sessions
14:40 - 15:40
Path 1: Offsets’ Continuing Role and New Market Growth

Path 1: Markets and Finance

Carbon offsets have played an important role in easing the economic impact of California’s cap-and-trade program, while also driving investments into emission reductions outside of the cap, and outside of the state. With linkages to Quebec and Ontario, the market is poised to grow and new protocols are being developed. Under AB-398 the ARB is expected to initiate adoption of additional compliance protocols. This session will examine future offset supplies from existing protocols, as well as the outlook for new protocols and projects, including those on tribal lands.

14:40 - 15:40
Path 2: The Expansion and Strengthening of RGGI

Path 2: Subnational Leadership

After remaining relatively quiet for the past several years, RGGI is back in the action with deeper emissions cuts proposed, new potential members and even its first offset project.  In November, Virginia regulators approved plans for the state to launch a carbon reduction program and potentially link to RGGI, and New Jersey is considering rejoining the East Coast program.  In August 2017, it proposed cutting GHG emissions from utilities an additional 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030.  In this session, state regulators, market participants and market observers will talk about the current developments with RGGI and where the cap-and-trade program is headed.

14:40 - 15:40
Path 3: New Opportunities for Voluntary Emissions Reductions

Path 3: Climate Initiatives and Policy

Action on mitigation often focuses on compliance requirements. Yet voluntary actions across the economy offer an enormous opportunity for unleashing cost-effective, creative solutions to mitigation. Many companies and organizations are seeking solid opportunities for addressing climate change but want to do so in an environmentally rigorous manner that achieves solid benefits and avoids charges of greenwashing. One example is land developers, companies, city planners and others choosing to use mitigation credits for meeting California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) standards. New programs are coming to fruition that will provide a more robust option for voluntary action, augmenting the suite of strategies available for compliance markets. These programs will allow companies and organizations to innovate in ways better aligned with their respective strategies and stakeholder preferences.

14:40 - 15:40
Path 4: EVs: Charging Forward in the Carbon Landscape

Path 4: Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

15:40 - 16:00
Break
16:00 - 16:20
Keynote address – California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León
16:20 - 17:30
Plenary Session
17:30 - 18:30
Networking Reception
08:00 - 16:00
Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
08:00 - 09:00
Breakfast
09:00 - 09:45
Keynote Addresses
09:45 - 11:00
Plenary Session
11:00 - 11:20
Break
11:20 - 12:20
Breakout Sessions
11:20 - 12:20
Path 1: California Auction Revenue at Work: Meeting Critical State Needs

Path 1: Markets and Finance

California’s cap-and-trade allowance auctions generate billions in revenue for the state. Proceeds go to the California Climate Investment Program (still often referred to as the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund) and are invested in numerous projects that reduce emissions and improve the environment, economy and public health in California communities. These investments must achieve GHG reductions, with significant proceeds going to projects directly within and benefiting disadvantaged and low-income households and communities. This session will discuss some of the benefits achieved by the investments and perspectives related to the focus on investments within disadvantaged communities.

11:20 - 12:20
Path 2: Subnational Leadership on the Canadian Provincial and Mexican State Levels

Path 2: Subnational Leadership

11:20 - 12:20
Path 3: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Reduction Strategies

Path 3: Climate Initiatives and Policy

11:20 - 12:20
Path 4: Applying Innovative Technology to Innovate Carbon Markets

Path 4: Global Innovative Solutions

12:20 - 13:10
Lunch and Networking
13:10 - 13:40
Speed Networking
13:40 - 14:40
Breakout Sessions
13:40 - 14:40
Path 1: The Growing Role and Impact of Climate Finance

Path 1: Markets and Finance

13:40 - 14:40
Path 2: The Role of Forests

Path 2: Subnational Leadership

Forests continue to be a centerpiece of policy development, discussions and actions aimed at increasing carbon storage or reducing emissions from converting forests to other land use activities, such as grazing and agriculture. Forest offsets are a popular project type within California’s Cap-and-Trade Program. Subnational jurisdictions have led innovation to develop frameworks to quantify forest carbon and develop programs to reduce emissions and increase sequestration. Many nations are considering how forests can be included in their emission reduction strategies under the Paris Agreement. This session will discuss the status of the inclusion for forests in subnational and national emission reduction strategies and the status of market mechanisms to support their efforts.

13:40 - 14:40
Path 3: State of Play for the Paris Agreement and the Role of Article 6

Path 3: Climate Initiatives and Policy

While the Trump Administration has signalled its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the rest of the world remains resolute in its determination to move forward collectively on addressing climate change. Many of the rules for achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement are currently being formulated, with the initial “rulebook” to be discussed in detail at COP 24 in Poland later this year. Among other objectives, key elements defining how the market-based solutions under Article 6 will be defined and implemented are being negotiated. This session will discuss the current state of the negotiations and outline the key questions that need to be addressed and the timeline for progress.

13:40 - 14:40
Path 4: Emerging Carbon Markets: Understanding the Chinese Carbon Market

Path 4: Global Innovative Solutions

In December 2017, China announced the official start of its national emissions trading system (ETS) construction program. When fully implemented, this program could more than double the volume of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions covered by either tax or tradable permit policy. Many of program’s design features reflect those of China’s pilot programs but widely differ from those of emissions trading programs in the United States and Europe. This session will explore the design of China’s new carbon market, contrast it with western markets, and highlight possible implications to the North American markets.

14:40 - 15:00
Break
15:00 - 16:00
Breakout Sessions
15:00 - 16:00
Path 1: Impact of Established Global Markets: Developments with the EU ETS

Path 1: Markets and Finance

15:00 - 16:00
Path 2: On the Homefront: Local City and County Initiatives

Path 2: Subnational Leadership

15:00 - 16:00
Path 3: Taking Flight: the Development of CORSIA

Path 3: Climate Initiatives and Policy

The Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement only address the emissions within the borders of the participatory nations. A significant source of GHG emissions which has historically been excluded from such agreements is international aviation. In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a resolution to form the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), providing a framework for voluntary reporting and offsetting in this sector. Though the details are still being negotiated, it is nevertheless anticipated that CORSIA market will represent a sizeable new demand for carbon offsets. This panel will discuss the program details known to date, the potential market supply and demand, and the expected market dynamics.

15:00 - 16:00
Path 4: Corporate Leader Panel

Path 4: Global Innovative Solutions

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