Conference Day 1 - Wednesday, April 13

Reserve Account Holders Meeting

9:00am - 11:30am
Room: Echo Park
Description:
In conjunction with NACW, the Climate Action Reserve is holding its first Account Holders Meeting. During the meeting, Reserve staff will provide programmatic and policy updates and guidance for the project registration process, complete with helpful reporting and verification tips. The last hour of the meeting has been reserved specifically for forest project protocol updates and guidance. There will also be an opportunity for account holders to provide programmatic feedback to Reserve staff. http://events.climateactionreserve.org/events/view/37

Climate Regulation 101

9:30am - 1:00pm
Description:
This workshop will help attendees gain an understanding of recent developments in climate regulation, and the variety of regulatory tools the U.S. and States will use to manage and reduce GHG emissions. The workshop will feature presentations by experts on EPA’s regulation of GHGs under the Clean Air Act, California’s implementation of AB 32, and other related topics. There will be an interactive question and answer session following each presentation.

This workshop costs $75 to attend. You may add the workshop to your cart during the conference registration process. To register for the workshop only or to add the workshop to an existing registration, please contact Shay Neal at shahidah.neal@thomsonreuters.com or +1 202.289.3930 x 225.

Reserve Verifiers Meeting

11:30am – 1:00pm
Room: Echo Park
Description:
In conjunction with the most important carbon conference in North America, Navigating the American Carbon World, the Reserve is also holding its Annual Verifiers Meeting. This meeting will update verifiers on the Reserve’s reporting and verification program, and provide helpful verification tips. Verifiers in attendance will receive updates on the Verification Program Manual, as well as updates from ANSI and ARB. There will also be an opportunity for verifiers to provide programmatic feedback. Reserve verifiers are welcome to join us on April 13th, and please note that no RSVP/registration is required in order to attend this event.

WCI Stakeholders Meeting

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: Hollywood Ballrooms A, B & C
Description:
Representatives of the WCI Partner jurisdictions will present an update on the status of the WCI regional emissions trading program and other activities of the WCI. Following the presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the most recent developments of the WCI program. An option to phone into this session will be available to those unable to attend in person.

California & WCI Offset Markets: Opportunities and Risks

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Room: Hollywood Ballrooms D&E
Description:
This three-hour workshop will highlight the risks and opportunities involved within the project development and offset credit cycles. Workshop attendees will have an opportunity to hear Point Carbon’s assessment on the outlook and dynamics of the California/WCI offsets market, discuss project cycle risks and their impacts on the market and prices, as well as go through a case study focusing on an Emissions Reduction Purchase Agreement. Speakers include Kyle Danish from Van Ness Feldman, Patrick Pfeiffer from CantorCO2e, Olga Chistyakova from Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, and Elizabeth Zelljadt from Thomson Reuters Point Carbon.

This workshop costs $195 to attend. You may add the workshop to your cart during the conference registration process. To register for the workshop only or to add the workshop to an existing registration, please contact Shay Neal at shahidah.neal@thomsonreuters.com or +1 202.289.3930 x 225.

Reserve Board of Directors Meeting

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Room: Vantage

Reserve Project Showcase

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Room: Trousdale Estates
Description:
This workshop will offer case study presentations of projects that are using protocols developed by the Reserve to generate Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRTs). The session will be broken up into panels based on subject, with a speaker to represent each project type that is currently accepted by the Reserve. This event is intended for anyone with an interest in the realities of carbon offset projects and the details of how CRTs are generated. It will be free and open to the public. http://www.climateactionreserve.org/event/climate-action-reserve-project-showcase/

Conference Day 2 - Thursday, April 14

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

7:00am - 5:00pm

Continental Breakfast

7:00am - 8:00am

Welcome Remarks

8:00am - 8:20am
Speakers:
Gary Gero
Climate Action Reserve
Linda Adams
California Environmental Protection Agency
Véronique Bugnion
Thomson Reuters Point Carbon

Keynote Addresses and Discussion

8:20am - 9:45am
Speakers:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
State of California
Gray Davis
State of California
Terry Tamminen
Seventh Generation Advisors
Ed Begley Jr.

Networking Break

9:45am - 10:00am

California Government Officials Discuss AB 32

10:30am - 11:45pm
Moderator:
Gray Davis
Gray Davis
State of California
Speakers:
Karen Ross
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Mary Nichols*
California Air Resources Board
Linda Adams
California Environmental Protection Agency
Nancy Ryan
California Public Utilities Commission
Description:
Leading regulators from California agencies will discuss implementation of AB 32 and what the landmark law means for the state, country and global community.

Closing of Opening Session

11:45am - 12:15pm
Speakers:
Brian M. Storms
NYSE Blue
Ronald Litzinger
Southern California Edison

Lunch

12:15pm - 1:30pm

Breakout Session 1

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Path 1: Carbon Markets in North America
California Takes the Stage

1:30pm - 3:00pm
  
Moderator:
Gary Gero
Gary Gero
Climate Action Reserve
Speakers:
James Goldstene
California Air Resources Board
Julia Levin
California Natural Resources Agency
Scott Murtishaw
California Public Utilities Commission
Description:
This year, all eyes will on be on the Golden State as it continues its environmental leadership through its pioneering policies and initiatives to protect the environment and natural resources, support the creation of green jobs and move towards a clean energy economy. In this session, key California policymakers will discuss development of the state’s programs under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Discussion topics will cover the California cap-and-trade, renewable and energy efficiency, clean fuel and vehicle, and adaptation programs.

Path 2: New Developments in Federal, State and Local Climate Policy
Pollution Impacts on Disadvantaged Communities

1:30pm - 3:00pm
 
Moderator:
Wendy James
Wendy James
The Better World Group
Speakers:
Kevin De León
California State Senate
Cecilia Estolano
Green for All
Dr. Manuel Pastor
University of Southern California
Cecil Corbin-Mark
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Description:
Air and water pollution, toxic chemicals and contaminated properties tend to disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities in both urban and rural areas of the United States. This session will examine environmental justice around the country, with a special focus on California, and the potential for climate policies to also reduce other negative impacts on these communities.

Path 3: New Strategies and Solutions
Marquee Acts: Corporate Leadership and Best Practices

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Moderator:
Sarah Stanner-Cranston
Sarah Stanner-Cranston
Climate Action Reserve
Speakers:
Peter Liu
New Resource Bank
Kimbrely Matsoukas
Bentley Prince Street
Description:
Businesses play an important role in taking action on climate change and showing environmental leadership. This session will highlight the environmental initiatives being undertaken by progressive companies to address their climate change impacts.

Path 4: Looking at Offsets
The Role of Agriculture

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Moderator:
Ricardo Bayon
Ricardo Bayon
EKO Asset Management Partners LLC
Speakers:
Cynthia L. Cory
California Farm Bureau Federation
Adam Diamant
Electric Power Research Institute
John Hodges
SunOne Solutions
Kathryn Bickel Goldman
Climate Action Reserve
Belinda Morris
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Description:
Agriculture-based projects have great potential to deliver high-quality, low cost GHG reductions with significant environmental and economic co-benefits for rural America. This session will analyze the development of soil management and rice cultivation protocols and the roles these project types can play in voluntary and compliance markets.

Networking Break

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Breakout Session 2

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Path 1: Carbon Markets in North America
Market Dynamics in California and WCI

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Moderator:
Emilie Mazzacurati
Emilie Mazzacurati
Point Carbon
Speakers:
Kedin Kilgore
Barclays Capital
Scott Subler
Environmental Credit Corp. (ECC)
Frank Harris
Southern California Edison
Graeme Martin
Shell Energy North America
Description:
Both the California and WCI carbon markets are slated to launch in January 2012. This session will discuss and forecast the supply and demand for allowances and offset credits, as well as other key considerations for participants in these markets.

Path 2: New Developments in Federal, State and Local Climate Policy
Federal Climate Policy and Programs

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Moderator:
Tim Profeta
Tim Profeta
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Duke University
Speakers:
Scott Weaver
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Steve Corneli
NRG Energy
Kyle Danish
Van Ness Feldman
Ben Machol
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Description:
Congress’ failure to act on climate change has been widely reported. Nevertheless, a wide array of federal initiatives is continuing to move forward and may have broad-ranging impacts. This session will cover initiatives, programs, regulations and potential activities from EPA, USDA, FTC, CEQ and other agencies.

Path 3: New Strategies and Solutions
The New Clean Energy Economy and Green Jobs

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Moderator:
Margret Kim
Margret Kim
California Environmental Protection Agency
Speakers:
Noel Perry
Next10
Chris Busch
Apollo Alliance
Nancy Sutley
White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
Margaret Bruce
Ecology Action
La Ronda Bowen
California Air Resources Board
Description:
In this session, speakers will discuss the development of a new clean energy economy and how it affects job creation.

Path 4: Looking at Offsets
International Forestry: the Great Green Hope

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Moderator:
Linda Adams
Linda Adams
California Environmental Protection Agency
Speakers:
Toby Janson-Smith
Conservation International
John Nickerson
Climate Action Reserve
Brian Shillinglaw
New Forests Advisory Inc.
Dr. Stephan Schwartzman
Environmental Defense Fund
Description:
International forestry is poised to have a tremendous impact on the California and WCI markets. This session will analyze the roles international forest offsets and REDD will play in these markets and the status of adopting them.

Reception

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Conference Day 3 - Friday, April 15

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

7:30am - 4:00pm

Continental Breakfast

7:30am - 8:30am

Welcome and Keynote Addresses

8:30am - 9:30am
Speakers:
Gary Gero
Climate Action Reserve
Steven Kline
PG&E Corporation
Henry Derwent
IETA
Tom Lewis
GreenX
Gina McCarthy
US EPA

Authors Roundtable

9:30am - 10:30am
Moderator:
Liza Tucker
Liza Tucker
Marketplace
Speakers:
Terry Tamminen
Seventh Generation Advisors
Jeffrey Horowitz
Avoided Deforestation Partners
Matthew Kahn
UCLA

Networking Break

10:30am - 11:00am

Breakout Session 1

11:00am - 12:30pm

Path 1: Carbon Markets in North America
A Peek Behind the Scenes

11:00am - 12:30pm
Moderator:
Véronique Bugnion
Véronique Bugnion
Thomson Reuters Point Carbon
Speakers:
Lars Kvale
NYSE Blue
Mark Wenzel
California Environmental Protection Agency
Nicole Singh
Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc.
Abyd Karmali
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Description:
A number of institutions are now coming into place to make the California and WCI markets function. This session will take a deeper look into these markets’ infrastructures, including exchanges, registries, auction platforms and contracts.

Path 2: New Developments in Federal, State and Local Climate Policy
Supporting Roles: the Complementary Regulations of AB 32

11:00am - 12:30pm
Moderator:
Michael Gibbs
Michael Gibbs
California Environmental Protection Agency
Speakers:
James Boyd
California Energy Commission
Eileen Wenger Tutt
California Electric Transportation Coalition
V. John White
Center for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Technologies (CEERT)
Jeffrey Kightlinger
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
Description:
While cap and trade has received most of the public attention, over 80 percent of the GHG reductions under AB 32 will come from a variety of “complementary regulations,” such as renewable electricity, energy efficiency, clean car standards and the low carbon fuel standard. This session will examine these complementary regulations.

Path 3: New Strategies and Solutions
Preparing for Regulations: the Business Perspective

11:00am - 12:30pm
Moderator:
Jack Broadbent
Jack Broadbent
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Speakers:
Daniel Lieberman
Chevron Corporation
JP Brisson
Linklaters
Obadiah Bartholomy
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Description:
Leading businesses have been proactive and innovative in preparing for regulations. Panelists in this session will participate in a roundtable discussion on how they are reacting to regulations and implementing compliance strategies.

Path 4: Looking at Offsets
Nuts and Bolts of ARB Offset Protocols: Part 1

11:00am - 12:30pm
Speakers:
Derik Broekhoff
Climate Action Reserve
Gabe Petlin
Pacific Forest Trust
Robert Hrubes, Ph.D
Scientific Certification Systems
Rajinder Sahota
California Air Resources Board
Description:
In a two-part session, a breakdown of the nuts and bolts of protocol types under AB 32 will be presented. The first session will address the forest and urban forest protocols.

Lunch

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Breakout Session 2

2:00pm - 4:00pm

Path 1: Carbon Markets in North America
Juggling Renewables and Carbon

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Moderator:
Erin Rogers
Erin Rogers
Union of Concerned Scientists
Speakers:
Anthony Eggert
California Environmental Protection Agency
Hal Snyder
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Avis Kowalewski
Calpine Corporation
Peter Miller
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Matthew Barmack
Calpine Corp.
Description:
This session will focus on the power sector - how will cap-and-trade impact the electricity market? We'll also look at the interplay between RECs and the carbon market. How will the 33 percent RPS be met? And how will that impact the carbon market?

Path 2: New Developments in Federal, State and Local Climate Policy
Building Partnerships: Regional Programs

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Moderator:
Denise Sheehan
Denise Sheehan
The Climate Registry
Speakers:
Nicholas Bianco
WRI
Frank Gorke
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Maria Elena Giner
Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC)
Tim Lesiuk
British Columbia Climate Action Secretariat
Description:
Now that a comprehensive U.S. federal climate policy appears to be off the table for the next several years, regional initiatives like the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have taken on the spotlight. States are actively discussing opportunities to pursue joint climate policies. This session will examine that effort, the challenges involved and the potential for success.

Path 3: New Strategies and Solutions
The Sequels: the Transition of Voluntary and Pre-compliance Markets

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Moderator:
Olga Chistyakova
Olga Chistyakova
Thomson Reuters Point Carbon
Speakers:
David Antonioli
VCSA
Mark Mondik
TerraPass
Harold Buchanan
CE2 Capital Partners
Jonathan Shopley
The CarbonNeutral Company
Description:
This session will examine the transformational state of the North American voluntary and pre-compliance markets. The panel will explore the challenges complying emitters face in new project development, contracting of forward credits and spot transactions. The discussion will explore the potential supply and demand for voluntary credits and cover the morphing of the voluntary market into a pre-compliance market for California.

Path 4: Looking at Offsets
Nuts and Bolts of ARB Offset Protocols: Part 2

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Moderator:
Joel Levin
Joel Levin
Climate Action Reserve
Speakers:
Michael Coté
Ruby Canyon Engineering Inc.
Charles Purshouse
Camco
Jeff Cohen
EOS Climate
Rajinder Sahota
California Air Resources Board
Description:
The second session will take a look at the nuts and bolts of the ODS and livestock manure protocols under AB 32. The session will also take a forward look at additional protocols being considered for adoption by ARB.