PMR Information Sharing: Emissions Trading in North America (March 2013)

Mar 15, 2013
Washington, DC
March 15, 2013
1. Opening
Chair: Felix Matthes, Öko Institut
2. Overview of North American ETS Programs
Panelists provided an overview of their state or region’s ETS program, highlighting key elements and features. Three regions were represented in all panel discussions: California, Québec, and Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Edie Chang, California Air Resources Board
Myriam Blais, Québec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation, and Exports
William Space, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
3. Cap Setting, Allocation, and Price Containment
Panelists discussed important considerations in determining an ETS cap, their respective allowance allocation processes, and price containment features.
California: Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms
Québec: Cap and Trade Regulation
Ÿ RGGI: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
10:45 Break
4. Offset Design and Implementation
Panelists discussed the rationale for including offsets into their respective ETS programs, program design issues (e.g., selecting eligible typologies, offset limits, protocol development), and mechanisms to maintain program quality.
Information Sharing: California, Québec, and RGGI
5. ETS Program Linking
California and Québec’s Linking Agreement
12:30 Wrap up
End of event