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The draft NACW 2021 program is subject to change.

If you would like to suggest a speaker or session topic, please email Jennifer Weiss at [email protected].

NACW 2021 Virtual Conference Program

Times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)

2021-04-22
2021-04-22
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
2021-04-23
2021-04-23
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
2021-04-27
2021-04-27
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
2021-04-28
2021-04-28
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
11:00 - 12:00
Workshops and Topical Discussions
Mexico’s Compliance and Voluntary Carbon Markets: Part 1: Advances and Expectations for Mexico’s ETS  image
Mexico’s Compliance and Voluntary Carbon Markets: Part 1: Advances and Expectations for Mexico’s ETS 

Presented by the Climate Action Reserve

 

Mexico’s Compliance and Voluntary Carbon Markets: a Two-Part Session

In 2020, Mexico launched its national Emissions Trading Scheme and Mexico’s Secretary of Environment worked with the World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness to develop offset protocols for consideration to use in the compliance market. In the past year over 50 forest carbon projects in Mexico have been listed on the Reserve’s voluntary registry, and the Reserve has launched an update to its Mexico ODS/Halocarbon Protocol. In part one, learn how the compliance program is operating, and in part two, learn about growing opportunities in the voluntary market and expectations for how the voluntary market will interact with the compliance market.  

 
Part 1: Advances and Expectations for Mexico’s ETS

Date: April 22
Time: 11am-12pm

  • Session and panel introductions (Eduardo Piquero, Director, MexiCO2)
  • SEMARNAT (pending confirmation): Advances in the development of the ETS, the inclusion of offsets, and opportunities for early action
  • Development of 3 offset protocols and verification program rules for consideration (Iván Hernández, PMR)
  • Forestry carbon project opportunities and ways CONAFOR is supporting project development (Mariana Martinez Leal, CONAFOR)
  • Compliance program design for inclusion of the forest sector (Teresa Tattersfield, WRI Mexico)
  • Compliance entity perspective (José Ramón Ardavín Ituarte, CESPEDES)
  • Q&A
The Decade of Opportunity –  Investment in North American Carbon Markets in the 2020’s image
The Decade of Opportunity – Investment in North American Carbon Markets in the 2020’s

Presented by CaliforniaCarbon.info

 

The investment opportunity in carbon assets is steadily becoming recognized. We’ve seen huge inflows of interest and inquiries from pure financial players. Whether it’s investing in carbon as an asset class (CCAs or EUAs), investing in projects that generate carbon credits (Offsets or Clean Fuels Standard projects), or even using carbon prices to assess existing holdings – and their upcoming ‘carbon liabilities’.

 

Our research shows these trends in increasing investor participation, and our countless market conversations have shed light on the motives and portfolio strategy of these investors. Drawing on our market-leading price forecasts and specialist knowledge, this session will evaluate the North American carbon investment opportunities and light the path to a well-structured NA carbon portfolio, all set for this decade of opportunity.

 

These are regulatory driven markets, and pen-stroke is the critical risk type to understand. Our experts and panelists will give you as much regulatory insight as is possible in rating these opportunities. This session will span across the North American carbon programs: WCI, RGGI, both Compliance and Voluntary Offsets, and Clean Fuels Standards.

The Winding Road To Net Zero:  A Workshop On Legal Issues Critical To Decarbonization image
The Winding Road To Net Zero: A Workshop On Legal Issues Critical To Decarbonization

Presented by Latham & Watkins LLP
 
The ability to achieve net zero GHG emissions will be driven by both mandates and incentives. This legal workshop will cover emerging issues on both fronts, highlighting the role of tax policy, local land use decisions, and price supports for the universal clean energy carrier. Seasoned attorneys from Latham & Watkins will address the Section 45Q Federal tax credit for CCUS projects, recent court decisions governing the interplay between carbon markets and the California Environmental Quality Act, and the support (or lack thereof) afforded to hydrogen by climate regulatory programs.
 
Speakers:

  • Jim Cole, transactional tax partner in the Houston office of Latham & Watkins, advises clients on some of the most notable transactions closed in the renewable and power sector, with a particular focus on energy tax incentives for wind and solar projects, and the section 45Q federal income tax credit for carbon capture projects.
  • Marc Campopiano, partner in the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins, has extensive experience in obtaining governmental approvals and ensuring environmental compliance for major energy, infrastructure, and land use matters. He has particular expertise with matters involving complex climate change, air quality, and land use issues.
  • Josh Bledsoe, counsel in the Orange County office of Latham & Watkins, advises clients on complex infrastructure and development projects, particularly those utilizing renewable or low-carbon technologies. He has broad experience in the permitting, entitlement, environmental review and financing of such projects; and also handles related administrative and judicial challenges.
ESG in Focus: Addressing Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions Through Offsets and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) image
ESG in Focus: Addressing Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions Through Offsets and Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Presented by Element Markets
 
There is an increased focus on ESG led by financial groups, corporations, and now the Biden administration in the U.S. Element Markets will provide a brief overview of the greenhouse gas emissions frameworks and hone in on mitigation measures using environmental products that apply within these frameworks (for example: Scope 1 emissions = RNG / RNG environmental attributes or carbon offsets, Scope 2 emissions = RECs or carbon offsets, etc.) and more importantly how to optimize your mitigation solutions through balancing ESG commitments and cost. Element Markets will also tackle questions surrounding the development and growing demand for mitigating Scope 1 emissions through the voluntary use of RNG and offset products at the intersection of voluntary and compliance markets for RNG and carbon offsets.

12:00 - 12:30
Keynote: James Grabert, Director, Mitigation, UNFCCC
Keynote: James Grabert, Director, Mitigation, UNFCCC image
James Grabert
Director, Mitigation Division and Acting Director, Communication and Engagement Division, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat
12:30 - 13:30
Plenary: State of the North American Carbon World: Are We Really Prepared to Create a Low/No Carbon World?

The world is facing an unbelievably daunting challenge in creating a low/no carbon economy by the middle of this century. Current efforts to avoid dangerous human-induced climate change are seriously lacking, yet there are numerous promising signs that climate ambition will be accelerated. In this session, climate leaders from across North America, including Canada, Mexico, and the US, will discuss the latest developments in their national climate mitigation strategies, additional steps believed necessary to meet decarbonization goals, areas of cooperation between countries, and impediments forestalling more aggressive actions.

Plenary: State of the North American Carbon World: Are We Really Prepared to Create a Low/No Carbon World? image
Peter Miller
Director, Western Region, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Plenary: State of the North American Carbon World: Are We Really Prepared to Create a Low/No Carbon World? image
Jean Lemire
Envoy for Climate Change, Northern and Arctic Affairs, Government of Québec
Plenary: State of the North American Carbon World: Are We Really Prepared to Create a Low/No Carbon World? image
Lisa DeMarco
Senior Partner and CEO, Resilient LLP
Plenary: State of the North American Carbon World: Are We Really Prepared to Create a Low/No Carbon World? image
Dirk Forrister
President and CEO, International Emissions Trading Association
13:30 - 14:00
Networking Break
14:00 - 15:00
Breakout Sessions
Path 1: Role of Carbon Markets Across North America image
Path 1: Role of Carbon Markets Across North America

PATH 1: CARBON MARKETS

The role of carbon markets across North America is becoming more critical as countries take more ambitious steps to address climate change. This session will discuss important developments, including the likely direction of climate policy in the Biden Administration, the start of the pilot phase of Mexico’s cap-and-trade program, and Canada’s efforts to establish a significant price on carbon.

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Eduardo Piquero
CEO, MÉXICO2
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Katie Sullivan
Managing Director, IETA
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Katelyn Roedner Sutter
Manager, U.S. Climate, EDF
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Michael Berends
Managing Director of Origination, ClearBlue Markets
Path 2: Will COP26 Finally Deliver on the Promises of the Paris Agreement? image
Path 2: Will COP26 Finally Deliver on the Promises of the Paris Agreement?

PATH 2: POLICIES AND INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
 
Six years after its passage, the Paris Agreement is gaining more traction as the primary global response to climate change. This session will explore key drivers affecting the success of COP26, including the US re-joining the Paris Agreement, the expectations for an Article 6 rulebook, and critical steps needed to enhance ambition globally if warming is to be limited to 1.5 degrees C.

Path 2: Will COP26 Finally Deliver on the Promises of the Paris Agreement? image
Alden Meyer
Senior Associate, E3G
Path 2: Will COP26 Finally Deliver on the Promises of the Paris Agreement? image
Juan Pedro Searle
Head of Climate Change, Ministry of the Energy, Chile
Path 2: Will COP26 Finally Deliver on the Promises of the Paris Agreement? image
Kate Robinson
Head of Energy and Environment, British Embassy in Washington DC
Path 2: Will COP26 Finally Deliver on the Promises of the Paris Agreement? image
Alexa Kleysteuber
Independent Consultant, Environmental Defense Fund
15:00 - 15:30
Networking and Exhibit Hall
15:30 - 16:30
Breakout Sessions
Path 3: Managing Forests for Carbon: How This Mature Market Continues to Innovate image
Path 3: Managing Forests for Carbon: How This Mature Market Continues to Innovate

PATH 3: NATURAL WORKING LANDS
From carbon storage to managing for wildfire risk, the forest sector has historically played a strong role in producing climate benefits on natural and working lands, as well as generating other co-benefits. Today, market players are working to innovate in this space, coming up with insightful ways to bring these benefits to more landowners and communities. In this session, speakers will discuss what is currently being done, how projects are continuing to innovate, and what the future holds for forest management to continue playing a key role in the fight against climate change.

Path 3: Managing Forests for Carbon: How This Mature Market Continues to Innovate image
Jim Clark
President, North Coast Resource Management
Path 3: Managing Forests for Carbon: How This Mature Market Continues to Innovate image
Lauren Cooper
Program Director, Forest Carbon & Climate Program, Department of Forestry, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Michigan State University
Path 3: Managing Forests for Carbon: How This Mature Market Continues to Innovate image
Daniel Sanchez
Assistant Specialist, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, UC Berkeley
Path 3: Managing Forests for Carbon: How This Mature Market Continues to Innovate image
Kaarsten Turner
Vice President, Conservation & Stewardship, Pacific Forest Trust
Path 4: Current State of Play with Low Carbon Fuel Standards and Future Directions image
Path 4: Current State of Play with Low Carbon Fuel Standards and Future Directions

PATH 4: TRANSPORTATION/LCFS
In this session, we explore recent developments within California’s LCFS program, as well as emerging programs in Oregon and Canada. The California LCFS program has provided the highest price on carbon of any existing market-based mechanism the world over. Similar markets have long been in the works in several jurisdictions across North America, and transportation has been identified as a key priority for the new Biden administration. The session will touch on key issues, current trends, emerging opportunities, and longevity of such markets.

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Josh Bledsoe
Counsel, Latham & Watkins
Path 4: Current State of Play with Low Carbon Fuel Standards and Future Directions image
Paola Mellow
Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Standards team, Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Brad Neff
Director, Biofuels Business Development and Strategy, Radicle
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Cheryl Laskowski
Chief, Transportation Fuels Branch, California Air Resources Board
16:30
Close of programming for the day
11:00 - 11:30
Keynote: Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Québec
Keynote: Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Québec image
Benoit Charette
Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Québec
11:30 - 12:30
Plenary: Climate Policies in the Biden Administration

The Biden Administration has defined climate change as a critical priority across all federal agencies. In this session, experts will discuss the likely areas of focus for the administration, the main policy levers likely to be used to ramp up climate ambition in the US, how the US intends to play a larger role on the international stage, and the challenges and barriers to achieving a low/no carbon economy.

Plenary: Climate Policies in the Biden Administration image
Nat Keohane
Senior Vice President for Climate, Environmental Defense Fund
Plenary: Climate Policies in the Biden Administration image
Tim Profeta
Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
12:30 - 13:00
Networking Break
13:00 - 14:00
Breakout Sessions
Path 1: Impact of Carbon Offsets on the California Market image
Path 1: Impact of Carbon Offsets on the California Market

PATH 1: CARBON MARKETS

Eight years into the California Cap-and-Trade program’s existence, the landmark program is still utilizing the same suite of offset protocols as when it began. As new restrictions come into place around offset usage and Direct Environmental Benefits, there is uncertainty regarding the future size and impact of the Compliance Offset Program. This session will explore the market dynamics and political context that govern the offsets program, as well as the recently finalized recommendations of the Offset Protocol Task Force.

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Shelby Livingston
Manager of the Cap-and-Trade Offset Program, California Air Resources Board