Knowing the Different Kinds of Presentations at NACW

For over two decades, NACW has been providing climate professionals with access to the latest information and updates on carbon markets and climate policy. There are two ways to learn and share content – workshops and sessions.

All workshops are scheduled for the first day of the conference. They may feature different formats and be hosted by organizations besides the Climate Action Reserve. At NACW 2024, registered attendees may attend any workshops that are included in the NACW program. Please note that registration is for the full conference.

Sessions include plenary sessions and breakout sessions, and all take place on the second and third days of the conference. These sessions are designed as interactive discussions among a group of panelists with a moderator leading the discussion. Breakout sessions fall under one of four different paths. All sessions are hosted by the Climate Action Reserve and are included in the NACW program.

Draft NACW 2024 program subject to change

2024-03-19
2024-03-19
2024-03-20
2024-03-20
2024-03-21
2024-03-21
09:00 - 17:00
Workshops to be posted shortly
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch & Exhibit Hall
07:00 - 08:00
Breakfast Discussions
08:00 - 08:10
Welcome
08:10 - 08:30
Keynote Remarks
08:30 - 08:50
Keynote Remarks – Chairman Rostin Behnam, CFTC (virtual)
Keynote Remarks – Chairman Rostin Behnam, CFTC (virtual) image
Rostin Behnam
Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading Commission
08:55 - 10:10
Plenary: Status and Outlook for North American Compliance Markets
Plenary: Status and Outlook for North American Compliance Markets image
Judy Meltzer
Director General, Carbon Markets Bureau, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Plenary: Status and Outlook for North American Compliance Markets image
Jean-Yves Benoit
Director General, Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Québec
Plenary: Status and Outlook for North American Compliance Markets image
Eduardo Piquero
CEO, MÉXICO2
Plenary: Status and Outlook for North American Compliance Markets image
Dr. Steven Cliff
Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
10:15 - 10:30
Project Developer Awards Presentation
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00
Breakout Sessions
Path 1: State and Future of the North American Compliance Markets image
Path 1: State and Future of the North American Compliance Markets

Path 1: Markets and Finance
 
As the voluntary carbon market continues to develop and grow, compliance markets serve as models for rigor and integrity, and some have years of experience under their belts. California’s compliance market has been in operation for over a decade, and this year marks the 10-year anniversary for the linking of the California and Québec markets. This session will take a deep dive into the status and outlook of compliance markets in North America and how they will influence – or be influenced by – voluntary markets.

Path 1: State and Future of the North American Compliance Markets image
Justin Johnson, Moderator
Partner, MMR, LLC
Path 1: State and Future of the North American Compliance Markets image
Rajinder Sahota
Deputy Executive Officer - Climate Change & Research, California Air Resources Board
Path 2: US Federal Action image
Path 2: US Federal Action

Path 2: Policy
 
The Biden Administration has launched a wide variety of new policies to accelerate the US response to climate change. From investing in new technologies to regulating the carbon market, the US federal government is seeking to play a more active role on the national and international stage. This session will examine the impact and focus of these various policies, including the Inflation Reduction Act, the development of hydrogen hubs, regulatory actions by the SEC and CFTC, among others.

Path 3: Advances in Addressing Deforestation at Jurisdictional Scale image
Path 3: Advances in Addressing Deforestation at Jurisdictional Scale

Path 3: Implementation
 
Reducing deforestation is critically important to the sustainability and livelihoods of local communities and climate goals in LATAM. This session will cover advances and challenges in LATAM subnational efforts to reduce deforestation while advancing low-carbon economies and sustainable, forest-based development. Speakers will discuss their experiences with project-based and jurisdiction-scale carbon markets, other financing tools, and policy implementation.

Path 3: Advances in Addressing Deforestation at Jurisdictional Scale image
Amy Kessler
Director of Latin America, Climate Action Reserve
Path 4: The Promise of Emerging Innovative Carbon Credit Types image
Path 4: The Promise of Emerging Innovative Carbon Credit Types

Path 4: Innovation and Scaling in Carbon Credits
 
The voluntary carbon market continues to grow in terms of credits issued, projects developed and stakeholders coming on board. Along with the growth is continued exploration of promising and innovative new project types. This session has always been popular at NACW and this year it, once again, will examine the more promising possibilities, along with the potential and challenges in scaling these emerging opportunities.

Path 4: The Promise of Emerging Innovative Carbon Credit Types image
McKenzie Smith
Associate Director, Climate Action Reserve
Path 4: The Promise of Emerging Innovative Carbon Credit Types image
Mark Denne
Co-founder, Carbon International
Path 4: The Promise of Emerging Innovative Carbon Credit Types image
Danny Gray
Executive Vice President, Eco Material Technologies
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch & Exhibit Hall
13:30 - 14:30
Breakout Sessions
Path 1: The Expansion of WCI and Developing Requirements for It image
Path 1: The Expansion of WCI and Developing Requirements for It

Path 1: Markets and Finance
 
Incorporated in 2011, WCI serves to ensure the success of its participating jurisdictions’ GHG emissions trading programs. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the linking of its two founding jurisdictions’ carbon markets, and now there are real possibilities for other programs, including Washington’s cap-and-invest program, to join. This session will look at the impact of potential expansion on markets and the programs themselves.

Path 1: The Expansion of WCI and Developing Requirements for It image
Jean-Yves Benoit
Director General, Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Québec
Path 1: The Expansion of WCI and Developing Requirements for It image
Laura Watson
Director, Washington State Department of Ecology
Path 1: The Expansion of WCI and Developing Requirements for It image
Jennifer McIsaac
VP of Market Analysis, ClearBlue Markets
Path 1: The Expansion of WCI and Developing Requirements for It image
Harry Horner
Head of Strategy, cCarbon.info
Path 2: Enhancing Integrity in Nature-Based Solutions image
Path 2: Enhancing Integrity in Nature-Based Solutions

Path 2: Policy
 
Nature-based solutions (NBS) to address the climate crisis have been under vigorous assault in recent years, with claims of green washing, a lack of additionality, and concerns around permanence abounding. This session will examine the steps being taken to enhance integrity in the NBS arena, including consideration of dynamic baselines, higher quality forest management practices and innovative approaches to permanence.

Path 2: Enhancing Integrity in Nature-Based Solutions image
Laurie Wayburn
Co-Founder and President, Pacific Forest Trust
Path 3: The Reality of Carbon Projects: Carbon Revenue, Community Benefits, False Stories image
Path 3: The Reality of Carbon Projects: Carbon Revenue, Community Benefits, False Stories

Path 3: Implementation
 
Supported by critics of carbon markets, a handful of media articles claimed to unveil the truth of forest carbon projects – how they take advantage of and cheat local communities and how they actually carry no environmental benefit. But what about ejidos and local communities that have used forest projects to improve their ancestral lands, boost their local economies and bring back sustainable practices? The truth is that forest projects remain a key element to fighting climate change and achieving net zero emissions. This session will explore how carbon finance is essential to keeping trees standing and growing and how local communities not only manage them but depend on them.

Path 4: The Current Status and Future Promise of CCS and Carbon Removal image
Path 4: The Current Status and Future Promise of CCS and Carbon Removal

Path 4: Innovation and Scaling in Carbon Credits
 
The IPCC has noted that net zero objectives cannot be achieved without viable options to remove carbon from the atmosphere, including Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) and Direct Air Capture (DAC). This session will explore the current status of these technologies, the extent to which they have or are about to achieve market scale, and the barriers and opportunities posed by these technologies.

Path 4: The Current Status and Future Promise of CCS and Carbon Removal image
Takashi Hongo
Senior Fellow, Mitsui & Co. Global Strategic Studies Institute
Path 4: The Current Status and Future Promise of CCS and Carbon Removal image
Michael Dreibelbis
Counsel, Latham & Watkins
Path 4: The Current Status and Future Promise of CCS and Carbon Removal image
Virgil Welch, Moderator
Partner, Caliber Strategies
Path 4: The Current Status and Future Promise of CCS and Carbon Removal image
Nora Cohen Brown
Head of Market Development & Policy, Charm Industrial
14:30 - 15:00
Networking Break
15:00 - 16:00
Breakout Sessions
Path 1: The Private Sector’s Role in Carbon Markets: Welcome Mat or Exit Door? image
Path 1: The Private Sector’s Role in Carbon Markets: Welcome Mat or Exit Door?

Path 1: Markets and Finance
 
Tapping into the power and financial support of the private sector is necessary for the success of the voluntary carbon market (VCM) and, in turn, the achievement of global sustainability goals. But, are current regulations and guidance initiatives encouraging or discouraging financial investment in the VCM? In this session, private sector stakeholders will address this question and discuss the current and future levels of private sector participation.

Path 1: The Private Sector’s Role in Carbon Markets: Welcome Mat or Exit Door? image
Uti Agarwal, Moderator
Americas Carbon Originator, BP
Path 1: The Private Sector’s Role in Carbon Markets: Welcome Mat or Exit Door? image
Marisa Hamsik
General Manager of Strategy & Market Insights for Offsets & Emerging Technologies, Chevron New Energies
Path 1: The Private Sector’s Role in Carbon Markets: Welcome Mat or Exit Door? image
Rina Cerrato
Chief Commercial Officer, Green Star Royalties
Path 2: Full Steam Ahead: California Legislative Action image
Path 2: Full Steam Ahead: California Legislative Action

Path 2: Policy
 
A flurry of climate bills passed California’s state legislature in 2023, breaking new ground and setting higher standards for subnational and national climate policy. The bills included SB 253 (Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act) and SB 261 (Greenhouse Gases: Climate-Related Financial Risk) covering corporate climate disclosure and AB 1305 (the Voluntary Carbon Market Disclosures Act), which addresses greenwashing and imposes disclosure requirements around the marketing, sale and use of offsets. Also passed by the legislature but vetoed by Governor Newsom was SB 390, which also addressed greenwashing and credit integrity. This session will discuss where implementation of these bills stands, key issues and challenges and how they relate to US federal and EU rules.

Path 2: Full Steam Ahead: California Legislative Action image
Lauren Sanchez
Senior Advisor for Climate, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
Path 2: Full Steam Ahead: California Legislative Action image
Steven Rothstein
Managing Director, Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets, Ceres
Path 3: Current Guidance on Scope 3 Emissions – Supply Chain and Beyond image
Path 3: Current Guidance on Scope 3 Emissions – Supply Chain and Beyond

Path 3: Implementation
 
Scope 3 GHG emissions are typically the largest sources of a company’s emissions. To tackle these emissions, carbon insetting has become a key strategy for companies interested in reducing the emissions associated with the goods and services they purchase. The option to go “beyond value chain mitigation” has been more restricted. This approach has sparked controversy in the VCM that mitigation actions may not be as cost-effective as the world needs at this critical juncture, nor does it address the most compelling needs of the Global South. This session will address current guidance on Scope 3 emissions, including from SBTi, VCMI and GHG Protocol’s Land Sector and Removals Guidance.

Path 3: Current Guidance on Scope 3 Emissions – Supply Chain and Beyond image
Robert Parkhurst, Moderator
Founder, Sierra View Solutions
Path 3: Current Guidance on Scope 3 Emissions – Supply Chain and Beyond image
John McDougal
Vice President of Portfolio Management, Anew
Path 3: Current Guidance on Scope 3 Emissions – Supply Chain and Beyond image
Karen Boyd
Industrial Carbon Services Lead, Truterra, LLC
Path 4: Registry Collaboration image
Path 4: Registry Collaboration

Path 4: Innovation and Scaling in Carbon Credits
 
In December 2023, the world’s largest carbon registries signed an agreement to collectively increase the impact of their activities and support host countries in their work to achieve their NDCs outlined in the Paris Agreement, as well as foster innovation, promote knowledge exchange and facilitate the dissemination of best practices among participating countries. Some of the registries actually have collaborated together on an ad-hoc basis for years. What lies ahead for future, formal collaboration and what can the registries advance together?

Path 4: Registry Collaboration image
Sarah Leugers
Chief Growth Officer, Gold Standard
Path 4: Registry Collaboration image
Toby Janson-Smith
Chief Program Development and Innovation Officer, Verra
Path 4: Registry Collaboration image
Craig Ebert
President, Climate Action Reserve
16:05 - 16:20
Keynote Remarks
16:20 - 17:35
Plenary: The Role of Global Standards and Ensuring a High Integrity VCM
Plenary: The Role of Global Standards and Ensuring a High Integrity VCM image
Alexia Kelly, Moderator
Managing Director, Carbon Policy and Markets Initiative (CPMI), High Tide Foundation
Plenary: The Role of Global Standards and Ensuring a High Integrity VCM image
Annette Nazareth
Chair, Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market
17:35 - 18:35
NACW Carbon Community Reception
08:00 - 09:00
Breakfast Discussions
09:00 - 09:05
Welcome
09:05 - 09:30
Keynote Remarks – Dr. Ram Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Keynote Remarks – Dr. Ram Ramanathan, Scripps Institution of Oceanography image
Veerabharan (Ram) Ramanathan
Distinguished professor (emeritus) of climate sustainability, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
09:30 - 10:30
Plenary: A Look Back at COP28
10:30 - 11:00
Networking Break
11:00 - 12:00
Breakout Sessions
Path 1: Status and Development of LATAM Markets image
Path 1: Status and Development of LATAM Markets

Path 1: Markets and Finance
 

Latin America is the world’s second largest provider of voluntary credits, representing around 20 percent of market supply. The region will play a critical role in Article 6 action and has various emerging compliance markets at all scales, including carbon taxes, national and subnational ETS, and various approaches converging and blending compliance and voluntary markets. Hear from government officials and market actors across LATAM on the advances of carbon markets in the region and their role in meeting global climate objectives.

Path 1: Status and Development of LATAM Markets image
Nathalie Flores
Vice-Chair, UN Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice
Path 1: Status and Development of LATAM Markets image
Jose Luis Rivera
General Director, CO2CERO SAS
Path 1: Status and Development of LATAM Markets image
Ana Carolina Moreno Villarreal
Climate Change Analyst, Ministry of Environment of Panama
Path 1: Status and Development of LATAM Markets image
Pablo Gabutti
Secretary of Energy Transition, Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Services, Córdoba
Path 2: Updates on North American LCFS Programs image
Path 2: Updates on North American LCFS Programs

Path 2: Policy
 
The potential for growth of clean fuel standard programs across North America remains strong. Active programs include the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, Canada Clean Fuel Standard, Oregon Clean Fuels Program, Washington Clean Fuel Standard and British Columbia Low Carbon Fuel Standard. New York, Minnesota and New Mexico all have clean fuel standard bills being considered. This session will review the status of LCFS programs, discuss forward movement of programs under consideration and cover market impacts.

Path 2: Updates on North American LCFS Programs image
Matthew Botill
Division Chief, California Air Resources Board
Path 3: Credit Ratings – Help or Hinderance image
Path 3: Credit Ratings – Help or Hinderance

Path 3: Implementation
 
Once criticized for not having any consistent guidance, the voluntary carbon market is now gaining guidance at the programmatic level, protocol level and project level. The ratings and standards organizations – both for-profit and nonprofit – are striving to enhance transparency and mitigate risk, but are they also creating confusion and hindering progress with conflicting ratings for the same projects and programs?

Path 3: Credit Ratings – Help or Hinderance image
Donna Lee
Co-Founder, Calyx
Path 3: Credit Ratings – Help or Hinderance image
Spencer Meyer
VP of Ratings, BeZero Carbon
Path 3: Credit Ratings – Help or Hinderance image
Max DuBuisson, Moderator
Head of Sustainability Policy & Engagement, Indigo Ag
Path 3: Credit Ratings – Help or Hinderance image
Jess Roberts
VP of Ratings, Sylvera
Path 4: SDGs at the Project Level image
Path 4: SDGs at the Project Level

Path 4: Innovation and Scaling in Carbon Credits
 
In addition to addressing climate impacts, carbon projects are increasingly focusing on how they can also address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This session will discuss how carbon projects can address these concerns, the challenges involved in properly accounting for them, and other impediments to quantifying and monetizing SDGs at the project level.

Path 4: SDGs at the Project Level image
Aimee Barnes, Moderator
Founder and CEO, Hua Nani Partners
Path 4: SDGs at the Project Level image
Juan Durán
Executive Director, EcoRegistry
Path 4: SDGs at the Project Level image
Teresa Tattersfield
Co-founder, Bret Consultores
12:00 - 13:30
Lunch & Exhibit Hall
13:30 - 14:30
Breakout Sessions
Path 1: Role of the VCM for Meeting Net Zero Targets – Part I: Bringing High Integrity Credits to Market image
Path 1: Role of the VCM for Meeting Net Zero Targets – Part I: Bringing High Integrity Credits to Market

Path 1: Markets and Finance
 
The voluntary carbon market provides a critical avenue for corporations striving towards ambitious net zero goals. This session is part one of a two-part series and will focus on the supply side of the equation. Panelists will discuss the current levels of integrity in VCM credits and how corporations and others can identify high integrity credits, including use of the developing guidance from ICVCM.

Path 1: Role of the VCM for Meeting Net Zero Targets – Part I: Bringing High Integrity Credits to Market image
Pedro Barata
AVP, Carbon Markets & Private Sector Decarbonization for the Global Climate Cooperation, EDF
Path 1: Role of the VCM for Meeting Net Zero Targets – Part I: Bringing High Integrity Credits to Market image
Derek Six
Chief Operations Officer, ClimeCo
Path 2: COP28: Accomplishments, Failures and the Path Forward image
Path 2: COP28: Accomplishments, Failures and the Path Forward

Path 2: Policy
 
Even though it had been eight years since the Paris Agreement was made, COP28 failed to create a centralized system for global carbon trading, but it did achieve what was hailed as “historic progress” with a deal to transition away from fossil fuels. This session will do a review of Article 6 activity, discuss how VCM stakeholders are moving ahead in the continued absence of a centralized system and look ahead to COP29.

Path 2: COP28: Accomplishments, Failures and the Path Forward image
Nathalie Flores
Vice-Chair, UN Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice
Path 2: COP28: Accomplishments, Failures and the Path Forward image
Leslie Durschinger, Moderator
Founder, CEO, CIO, Terra Global Capital
Path 2: COP28: Accomplishments, Failures and the Path Forward image
Lisa DeMarco
Senior Partner and CEO, Resilient LLP
Path 3: Local Communities, Local Engagement and Indigenous Voices image
Path 3: Local Communities, Local Engagement and Indigenous Voices

Path 3: Implementation
 
One criticism leveled at many carbon policies, including carbon projects, is the failure to adequately consider the impact on local communities and how best to assure that these local voices are heard during policy development and implementation. This session will address these concerns and discuss the various options available to ensure that local communities, including indigenous voices, are heard and their concerns addressed.

Path 3: Local Communities, Local Engagement and Indigenous Voices image
Javier I. Kinney
Carbon Project Manager, Natural Resources Division, Yurok Tribe
Path 3: Local Communities, Local Engagement and Indigenous Voices image
Dee Lawrence
Co-Founder and Director of Carbon Projects, Cool Effect
Path 4: The Role of Technology in Enhancing Integrity and Scaling the Market image
Path 4: The Role of Technology in Enhancing Integrity and Scaling the Market

Path 4: Innovation and Scaling in Carbon Credits
 
Technology advancements, including remote sensing and big data processing, are opening new possibilities for accurate measurement and tracking of carbon stocks and land use activity. They also can open the doors for the development of more projects, which will add more high integrity credits to the market. In this session, experts will discuss challenges and opportunities for integrating these technology solutions into projects.

Path 4: The Role of Technology in Enhancing Integrity and Scaling the Market image
Sassan Satchi
Co-founder and CEO, CTrees