Technical Workshop 12: Building Registries to Support the Next Generation of Carbon Markets (Sacramento)

The PMR hosts a technical workshop in Sacramento, California. Photo Source: El Cobrador
This Technical Workshop brought together experts and policy-makers from various jurisdictions to discuss arrangements and options available to countries to build their registry infrastructure and related legal and institutional frameworks. Practical case studies were considered, in particular focusing on countries which are seeking to leverage existing international offset programs and their registry infrastructure in their own country programs.
Date: 
Sep 23 - 25, 2015
Venue: 
Sacramento, California, USA
Day 1: September 23, 2015
8:30 Registration
I. Building Registires: Legal, Institutional, and Technical Considerations

On this first day of the workshop, experts shared insights and lessons learned on the legal, institutional, and technical issues related to registry development – based on their existing experience. First representatives from the Secretariat and co-host opened the workshop and presented the agenda. Then there were three sessions, presenting the findings of three Workshop Background Papers for feedback and further discussion by participants. In each session overviews, expert presentations, and case studies enriched the conversation.
9:00
Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Coordinator
Edie Chang, Air Resources Board, California
Pierre Guigon, PMR Secretariat
1. Setting the Legal Framework for Transaction Registries
9:30
Moderator: Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Coordinator
Peter Zaman, Reed Smith
Setting the Legal Framework for Transaction Registries
Background Paper No.1
10:15 Break
10:45
Edie Chang, Air Resources Board, California
California: Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms
John Storey-Bishoff, Alberta Environment and Parks
Alberta: Carbon Offset Registry
Verena Seemann, Federal Environment Agency, Germany
Germany: Building Registries to Support the Next Generation of Carbon Markets
12:00 Lunch
2. Setting the Institutional Framework for Transaction Registry Administration
13:45 Moderator: Pauline Kennedy, PMR Secretariat
Frederic Dinguirard, Registry Expert
Overview Presentation on Registry Administration and Institutional Approaches
Background Paper No.2
Zhang Xiaoguang, Sinocarbon
China: Administration of Registry
Charles Seidler, Air Resources Board, California
California: Cap-and-Trade Program Registry Administration
Jean-Francois Halleux, UNFCCC
UNFCCC: Institutional Framework for Registries
15:00 Break
3. Developing the Technical Infrastructure for Transaction Registries
15:30
Moderator: Pierre Guigon, PMR Secretariat
Frederic Dinguirard, Registry Expert
Overview Presentation on Registry Procurement and Specifications
Background Paper No.3
Zhang Xiaoguang, Sinocarbon
China: Experiences in Developing a Registry System
Chessada Sakulku, GHG Management Organization, Thailand
Thailand: TGO’s Registry Technical Infrastructure
Dmitriy Kovalev, Ministry of Energy, Kazakhstan
       Kazakhstan: National Carbon Units Registry
17:00
Group Discussions: Participants had the opportunity to hold bilateral and/or group exchanges with speakers and other participating experts (e.g. registry providers).
19:00 Reception
End of Day 1
Day 2: September 24, 2015
II. Aligning Registries with Specific Policy Needs
The second day of the workshop focused on registry design and implementation in accordance with the supported policy approaches, in particular highlighting variability elements in emerging mechanisms. Based on the findings of the Technical Note Options to Use Existing International Offset Programs in a Domestic Context, participants discussed possible arrangements and implications for jurisdictions that are seeking to leverage existing international offset programs (i.e. CDM, VCS, CAR) and supporting registries in their own programs.
4. One Size Does NOT Fit All: Adapting Registries to the Policy they Support
9:00
Moderator: Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Coordinator
Pierre Guigon, PMR Secretariat
Aligning Registries with Specific Policy Needs: Key Considerations
Technical Note: Options to Use Existing International Offset Programs in a Domestic Context
Zhang Zhiqiang, National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation (NCSC), China
China: Introduction of China’s Carbon Emission Trading Registry
Charlie Parker, Climate Focus
REDD+ Transaction Registries
10:15 Break
10:45
Group Exercise: What Registry Framework for What Mechanism?
Group Exercise
12:30 Lunch
5. Leveraging Existing Registry Infrastructure: Application to Offset Programs
The afternoon session had four parts. First, an overview from a registry expert and then two case studies from Mexico and South Africa. In the third part, three experts presented different offset registries and programs. A group exercise in which participants studied different case studies, defined potential registry options, and assessed the technical, administrative/operational, and legal implications of the proposed arrangements concluded the session.
14:00
Moderator: Pauline Kennedy, PMR Secretariat
Derik Broekhoff, Stockholm Environment Institute
Leveraging the Registry Systems of International Offset Programs
Soffia Alarcon Diaz, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
Mexico: National Emissions Register
Memory Machingambi, National Treasury, South Africa
South Africa: Carbon Offset Registry for the Proposed Carbon Tax
15:15 Break
15:45
Jean-Francois Halleux, UNFCCC
Options to use Existing International Offset Programs in a Domestic Context
John Holler, VCS
Leveraging Existing Registry Infrastructure: Application to Offset Programs
Rachel Tornek, CAR
Registry to Support Voluntary and Compliance Offset Markets
17:00
Group Exercise: Registry Implications of Using Existing International Programs
Group Exercise
18:30 Wrap up
End of Day 2
Day 3: September 25, 2015
III. Connecting Carbon Markets through Registries
The third day of the workshop discussed key components of robust registry frameworks, as well as options to connect them. In particular, participants were invited to exchange views on those issues in the context of international carbon markets. In the beginning, there was a presentation on options for registry connectivity. Then, the UNFCCC shared Data Exchange Standards (DES) and International Transaction Log (ITL) followed by two cases of connectivity from China and California. In the last session, participants discussed key characteristics that are needed for the development and implementation of robust registry frameworks, in particular to ensure the credibility, reliability, and cost-effectiveness of the markets they support.
9:00
Moderator: Pierre Guigon, PMR Secretariat
Frederic Dinguirard, Registry Expert
Connecting Registries
Jean-Francois Halleux, UNFCCC
UNFCCC: Integrating Registry Systems
Zhang Xiaoguang, Sinocarbon
China: Connectivity Choices for Registry
Jason Gray, Air Resources Board, California
California: Connecting Carbon Markets through Registries
10:30 Break
11:00
General Discussion: Key Components of a Robust Registry Framework
7. Conclusion and Closure
12:30
Adrien de Bassompierre, PMR Coordinator
Rajinder Sahota, Air Resources Board, California
13:00 Lunch
End of workshop