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2020-03-30
2020-03-30
2020-03-31
2020-03-31
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
2020-04-01
2020-04-01
Path 4: Transportation/LCFS
Path 3: Natural Working Lands
Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions
Path 1: Carbon Markets
2020-04-02
2020-04-02
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
09:0012:00
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. 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 are in the works under AB 398, timeframes established under the program, compliance entities and their obligations, basic market structure and changes that will go into effect after 2020. 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

10:0011:30
Utilizing Forward Crediting to Meet CEQA Compliance

This workshop will showcase the innovative approach of ex-ante crediting and how companies can utilize it. Participants will learn how to incorporate forward crediting emission reduction projects as an offsite GHG mitigation strategy to meet CEQA requirements and secure local GHG reductions with multiple co-benefits. To illustrate this approach and use, the workshop will discuss several real-world examples, including the Reserve’s Climate Forward program. Speakers will share insights into the project development process, including project structure and costs, and how revenue from Climate Forward’s Forecasted Mitigation Units helped finance projects. The workshop will also discuss utilization of the ex-ante approach from the corporate and agency perspectives.

13:0016:00
California Compliance Offset Program Workshop

The Climate Action Reserve invites you to attend a workshop that will provide an introduction to the basics of California’s Compliance Offset Program, including an overview of the various Compliance Offset Protocols and verification of compliance offset projects. This workshop will also focus on updates to and expectations for California’s Compliance Offset Program. It will delve into requirements under AB 398, including offset usage limits and direct environmental benefits (DEBs). The workshop will also discuss offset supply forecasts and potential protocol types that could be adopted into the program. 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: $150

13:0016:00
Current Legal Issues Shaping Carbon and Climate Policy

The carbon and climate policy landscape on state, regional, national, and international levels continues to shift with developments both advancing and hindering climate action. On the U.S. federal level, the Trump administration continues to forge on with its work to undo and scale back environmental regulations. In contrast, on the state and local level, laws and regulations have been proposed and passed that raise standards for climate action. This workshop will assess the legal issues and mechanisms potentially reshaping carbon and climate policy. MCLE credits will be available.
Fee: $250

07:0008:00
Breakfast Discussions
08:0008:45
Welcome and Keynote Addresses
08:4510:00
Plenary
10:0010:45
Plenary
10:4511:15
Break
11:1512:15
Breakout Sessions
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Update and Outlook for WCI and RGGI

Path 1: Carbon Markets

The two premier compliance credit markets in North America, the California-Quebec linked market and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), are experiencing major changes. In the California-Quebec linked market, new rules intended to help California meet its 2030 target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 begin in 2021, the Trump Administration has sued the state over its agreements with Quebec, and other states (e.g., Oregon) are considering their own cap-and-trade programs that may be linkage-eligible at some future point. RGGI has recently seen New Jersey re-joining the effort, with Pennsylvania and Virginia deliberating whether or not to join. This session will discuss recent developments in both markets, the challenges each is facing in the coming years, and what market participants need to know to take advantage of future opportunities.

Dan McGraw (moderator)
Head of Americas, Carbon Pulse
Andrew McKeon
Executive Director, RGGI
Katelyn Roedner Sutter
Manager, U.S. Climate, EDF
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From Madrid to Glasgow: Status of the Paris Agreement

Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions

COP26 in Glasgow is expected to be one of the most pivotal international gatherings ever on climate change. With the Paris Agreement nearing its fifth anniversary, the world is still trying to define the entire Paris rulebook while realizing the emission reductions promised in Paris are insufficient to avoid exacerbating an already too serious climate crisis. Negotiators failed at COP25 in Madrid to define the rules for Article 6, the market-based options for responding, and to significantly enhance global climate ambition. This session will bring together key experts to discuss what to expect at Glasgow, including key decisions about the use of CDM credits for any commitments moving forward, the nature of the rules for allowing international transfer of emission reductions, and the challenges around increasing global ambition to limit warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Alden Meyer
Director of Strategy & Policy, Union of Concerned Scientists
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Taking Full Stock: Opportunities and Challenges around Reforestation

Path 3: Natural Working Lands

Recent reports and studies have highlighted the importance of natural climate solutions, with reforestation among the most prominent featured. Although reforestation has long been recognized for its promise of drawing down massive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, it is only now beginning to gather attention at a scale that could possibly approach that of its potential. With new initiatives being announced on a regular basis, now is a great time to take stock of how reforestation can contribute to climate change mitigation efforts. Speakers will discuss the opportunities and challenges around reforestation as well as how well carbon markets are currently set up to support reforestation projects.

Jon Remucal (moderator)
Senior Forest Policy Manager, Climate Action Reserve
Jeremy Manion
Forestry Carbon Markets & Natural Climate Solutions Leader, Arbor Day Foundation
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Not Such a Heavy Lift? Heavy Transport and Clean Transportation

Path 4: Transportation/LCFS

Developing a no/low carbon transportation sector is critical to successfully addressing the climate crisis. A popular perception is that heavy-duty transport may be the last segment of the sector to develop viable alternatives, but how accurate is this assessment? This session will examine developments in the heavy-duty transport sector, including technological advances for trucks and commercial buses, incremental costs for investing in cleaner alternatives, and market drivers (e.g., environmental justice concerns) encouraging uptake of cleaner heavy-duty alternatives.

Damian Breen (moderator)
Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer – Technology, BAAQMD
12:1513:15
Lunch
13:1514:15
Breakout Sessions
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A Look at Mexico’s ETS

Path 1: Carbon Markets

In January 2020, Mexico became the first country in North America to launch a national Emissions Trading Scheme. The three-year pilot phase will run from 2020 to 2023, including a transition year, and will be followed by the compliance period. Speakers in this session will discuss how the program is operating, what it is expected to achieve, and how it fits within North American carbon markets.

Blas L. Pérez Henríquez
Founding Director, The California Global Energy, Water & Infrastructure Innovation Initiative, Stanford University
Eduardo Piquero
General Director, MéxiCO2
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Deep Carbonization and the Role of Gaseous and Liquid Fuels

Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions

Cross-sector integration or “sector-coupling” will be key to meeting California’s climate goals and providing reliable and affordable energy. In this session, top researchers will discuss their recent studies, which shed light on the need for a diverse portfolio of energy resources to provide needed reliability and meet California’s climate goals.

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Where Technology Meets Nature: Making Natural Working Lands Solutions Possible

Path 3: Natural Working Lands

Carbon markets have been slow to incorporate carbon credits generated by sequestration in natural working lands, in large part because the state of science and technology made carbon projects on such lands cost prohibitive. Cutting edge developments in technology, such as remote sensing and machine learning, have begun to change the narrative. This panel will discuss the ways technological innovations are changing the equation to enable natural working lands solutions.

Robert Parkhurst (moderator)
Consultant, Sierra View Consulting
Tara O’Shea
Director of Forest Programs, Planet
Adam Chambers
Leader – Environmental Markets, USDA-NRCS
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Coming Down the Road: Developing Transportation Programs and Solutions

Path 4: Transportation/LCFS

Transportation emissions account for 23 percent of global CO2 emissions and have surpassed the electric power industry as the greatest emissions source in the US. While it is a leading contributor to the climate crisis, the transportation sector also has immense opportunity to provide much needed solutions. Speakers will discuss developing programs within the transportation sector that aim to have significant impact on addressing climate change. These programs include the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard and US state initiatives.

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Jordan Godwin (moderator)
Senior Journalist, Oil Price Information Service
14:1514:45
Break
14:4515:45
Breakout Sessions
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Canadian Carbon Pricing Update

Path 1: Carbon Markets

Canada continues to assess the most appropriate pathways forward for addressing climate change. At the federal level, a backstop carbon pricing policy, the Output-Based Pricing Sytem (OBPS), provides a fallback option for any province not instituting its own strategy. Cap-and-trade is in place in Quebec, with other provinces like Nova Scotia and News Brunswick seriously considering their own programs. Other provinces have their own strategies, while Ontario continues to challenge whether any action is required at all. Participants in this session will hear from a range of Canadian voices articulating current policies, the challenges around determining policy approaches that allow for differentiated but equitable strategies across provinces and territories, and next steps as Canadians forge an integrated yet differentiated climate strategy.  

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Unlocking Potential with Forward Crediting

Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions

Carbon markets have been very successful at driving investment and innovation in some sectors. However, other sectors have been left out of the equation due to unfavorable financial profiles, despite having significant potential for climate benefit. This session will focus on how ex-ante or forward crediting can drive capital investment and scale into important climate solutions.

Robert Z. Lee (moderator)
Senior Program Manager, Climate Action Reserve
Ken Newcombe
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, C-Quest Capital
PJ Marshall
Co-Founder and Executive Director, Restore the Earth
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Charismatic Carbon: What Is It and What Is Driving Its Popularity?

Path 3: Natural Working Lands

In the voluntary market, there continues to be a preferred interest in “charismatic carbon” credits compared to other options (often industrial sources). Charismatic carbon credits can cover a range of source categories but often focus on natural working land solutions that can offer other co-benefits. This session will explore the reasons for these market preferences, including which buyers tend to prefer certain credit types, their reasons for doing so, how these preferences may drive credit investment in the future and pricing differences among credit types, among other factors.

Peggy Kellen (moderator)
Director, Policy, Center for Resource Solutions
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Bill Flederbach
Founder, President and CEO of ClimeCo Corporation
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CORSIA: International Aviation Joins the Climate Fight

Path 4: Transportation/LCFS

A new major market opportunity opens up next year when the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) goes into effect. Under this initiative, international aviation has agreed to offset its growth in emissions above 2020 levels. The International Civil Aeronautics Organization (ICAO) estimates demand of 2.5 billion tonnes through 2035, while other estimates are as high as 5 billion tonnes. This session will examine how different airlines are likely to address their need for offsets, the potential impact of CDM credits on this market, the types of credits most likely to be preferred, and other key drivers.

15:4516:15
Keynote Address
16:1517:30
Plenary
17:3018:30
Networking Reception
08:0009:00
Breakfast Discussions
09:0009:30
Keynote
09:3010:30
Subnational Leadership on the Path to a More Sustainable Future

The lack of progress at COP25 in Madrid only highlights the ongoing failure of national and international leadership to light the way to a more sustainable future. Into this void states, provinces, counties, and cities have stepped in to provide much needed leadership about policies and other solutions that can seriously address the climate crisis. This session will bring together key leaders at the state and provincial level to tout important initiatives underway to address the climate crisis, new policies under consideration to accelerate climate ambition, and the cooperative actions critical to ensuring success in the coming years. Important challenges will also be discussed, including how aggressive action on climate can not only avoid limiting economic growth, but create a more sustainable, robust economy over time.

10:3011:00
Break
11:0012:00
Breakout Sessions
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Compliance and Voluntary Offsets: Where to from Here

Path 1: Carbon Markets

Offsets in both the compliance and voluntary markets play critical roles in addressing climate change and have for many years. Now, use of offsets in both markets is expanding as more companies and individuals look to voluntarily balance what they can’t reduce through high quality offsets, and compliance markets continue to develop in North America and around the world. This session will look at this growing use of offsets, the strict standards in place to ensure high quality offsets are used and new types of offsets that are expected to bring significant potential in emissions reductions.

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Canadian Federal and Provincial Update

Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions

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Growing in Popularity and Potential: Regenerative Agriculture

Path 3: Natural Working Lands

Research and markets are both pointing to regenerative agriculture as a potential powerhouse climate change solution that would deliver a significant impact to emissions reductions while generating more benefits for the agriculture sector, food supply and soil health. Regenerative agriculture, a system of farming principles and practices that seeks to use farms and working lands as a means to enhance entire ecosystems, brings together the experience and expertise of scientists, carbon accountants, environmental advocates and farmers, who have always stood as some of the strongest stewards of the land. In this session, attendees will hear these different voices discuss where we seek to explore some key challenges, opportunities, lessons learned, and what’s coming next in the regenerative agriculture space.  

Sami Osman (moderator)
Policy Manager, Climate Action Reserve
Avi Garbow
Environmental Advocate, Patagonia
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Putting the Car in Carbon Solutions: LCFS Programs Update

Path 4: Transportation/LCFS

In North America, the only operational LCFS programs are in California and Oregon, with California’s implemented in 2011 and Oregon’s implemented in 2016. This session will provide an update on both of these complex programs, results that have been generated and how they are influencing the creation of LCFS programs in other states.

12:0013:30
Lunch
13:3014:30
Breakout Sessions
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The Emerging Role of SDGs for High Quality Credits

Path 1: Carbon Markets

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an interconnected collection of 17 global goals intended to serve as a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” Momentum is building to integrate evaluations of the impacts on these SDGs into carbon crediting programs. This session will discuss the current state of the intersection of SDGs and carbon credits, as well as how further developments around this concept may affect carbon markets in the future.

Christopher Chapman
Senior Program Officer, Verra
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Climate Leadership in the Golden State: California Policy Update

Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program is just one tool the state is using to meet its emissions reduction goal of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2045. The state has several other initiatives under different state agencies that are working towards reducing emissions, protecting the environment and strengthening communities. Some of these programs have been put in the spotlight on the national and international stages and some have very publicly generated ire from the Trump Administration. This session will provide an update on leading California environmental policies.

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Peter Miller (moderator)
Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council
Jenny Lester Moffitt
Undersecretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Nuin-Tara Key
Deputy Director for Climate Resilience, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, State of California
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A Complex Path: an Update on Tropical Forestry

Path 3: Natural Working Lands

Although global efforts at preventing the loss and degradation of tropical forests has been ongoing for decades, the ability of tropical forests to contribute both positively and negatively to the climate crisis has accelerated the urgency of such efforts. Yet, as past struggles attest, the conservation of such forests is not a straightforward and simple solution. Despite its potential to help reduce global CO2 emissions and lower atmospheric concentrations, a host of issues are tied to how we can bring about meaningful and durable mitigation from tropical forestry. The discussion by this panel will focus on the opportunities and challenges presented by tropical forestry as a climate change mitigation tool, including concerns about the environmental integrity of such efforts and the implications around environmental justice. An update on the California Air Resources Board’s support via its Tropical Forestry Standard will also be provided.

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Steve Schwartzman
Senior Director, Tropical Forest Policy, Environmental Defense Fund
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MTA: Making Transportation Accomplishments

Path 4: Transportation/LCFS

Transit agencies are responsible for the operation of public transportation options within metropolitan regions and, therefore, have an enormous role to play in reducing the overall contribution to greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Transit agencies can have a positive impact on climate change through initiatives to increase ridership, green their fleets, and reduce the footprint of their operations. In this session, speakers will describe the climate initiatives being undertaken at their respective transit agencies.

Bryn Lindblad (moderator)
Deputy Director, Climate Resolve
14:3015:00
Break
15:0016:00
Breakout Sessions
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Supporting Local Action: the California Climate Investment Program

Path 1: Carbon Markets

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program is not limited to the purchase and surrender of allowances and credits. So far, billions of dollars generated from the program have been put to work reducing more emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment with a focus on disadvantaged communities. This session will discuss California Climate Investments, the initiative overseeing distribution of funds, and what work has been happening under the initiative.

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State vs. Federal Government on Key Climate Policy Issues

Path 2: Policies and Innovative Solutions

As the Trump Administration has worked to roll back environmental protections in the US, we have found the federal government pitted against state-level government. This session will discuss just three of the issues states and the federal government are battling over: the roll back of clean car standards, achieving the US’s commitments under the Paris Agreement without support on the federal level and the attempt to challenge the California-Quebec linked market.

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Nico van Aelstyn
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
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New Horizons: Potential with New Working Lands Solutions

Path 3: Natural Working Lands

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Transportation Innovation

Path 4: Transportation/LCFS

Technological advancements are revolutionizing and disrupting the ways of every day life in all sectors. In particular, innovations in transportation are offering a sneak peek into the future of mobility, from self driving cars to electric buses and from a fleet of robotaxis to the proliferation of micromobility solutions such as e-scooters. This session will examine the innovative developments within the transportation sector and how those developments might provide solutions to climate change.

08:0018:00
A Close Look at Climate Leadership in the Academic and Private Sectors

This tour will give participants an inside look at climate leadership happening at Stanford and Google. At Stanford, participants will visit the university’s Central Energy Facility. The CEF includes three large water tanks for thermal energy storage, a high-voltage substation that receives electricity from the grid and an innovative heat recovery system that takes advantage of Stanford’s overlap in heating and cooling needs. Tour participants will also visit labs at the university and hear from faculty members about leading climate research and work being done from Stanford. After Stanford, the tour will head to Google for a look at sustainable planning on the company’s own campus at the 1212 Bordeaux building. Embodying Google’s design principles of beauty and simplicity, 1212 Bordeaux is designed to inspire and empower Google employees, while supporting the long-term health and vitality of the community and environment. The result is Google’s first completed ground-up building: an adaptable high-performance “living lab” workplace, which achieved LEED Platinum certification.

Fee: $60

09:0016:00
Cap-and-Trade Dollars at Work: Funding Projects for Healthy, Sustainable Communities

California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. This tour will showcase some of the diverse projects that have been given funding through a selection of over forty California Climate Investments programs and demonstrate how these funds are supporting local and State efforts to build healthy and sustainable communities. The diverse projects represent transit-oriented, transportation and waste investments.

Fee: $60

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