Cap & Trade--California Update: Turning Risk into Opportunity

  • October 08, 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, 30th Floor, 1 Embarcardero Center, San Francisco, CA
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California’s cap-and-trade programs are committed emission cuts for the ninth largest economy in the world.  The market-based trading system will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from regulated entities by more than 16 percent between 2013 and 2020.  California’s program provides critical experience in how an economy-wide cap-and-trade system can function in the United States.


Last year AWWEEE hosted Mary Nichols of CARB and Christine Hammond of the CPUC within weeks of CARB'S first auction. This year, we return to the topic to hear how policy implementation is going – almost one year in – from those on the front line.  Please join us as leading experts discuss recent events in California’s emissions market and the implications at the federal and international level.

Please join us for light appetizers on Tuesday, October 8 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Manatt, Phelps & Philips, LLP, 30th Floor, 1 Embarcardero Center, San Francisco.

Cost: Free for members; $35.00 for non-members.

Registration is open to members only until close of business on Thursday, September 26. Registration ends on Friday, October 4.

About the Speakers:


Emilie Mazzacurati is the Managing Director of Four Twenty Seven, a climate research and advisory firm. She has ten years of experience working on climate policy, carbon markets and sustainability, and has published extensively on California climate policy and carbon markets. Previously, she was the Head of Research for North America at Thomson Reuters Point Carbon. Ms. Mazzacurati teaches a class on climate risks and opportunities at the University of California Davis. She holds a Master from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

Belinda Morris is the California Director for the American Carbon Registry (ACR), an enterprise of Winrock International, where she is responsible for guiding ACR's activities in California's carbon market.  Belinda has worked for over 15 years on market-based incentives for reducing GHG emissions and conserving natural resources in the U.S. and abroad.  Previously she served as the Regional Director of EDF's Working Lands Program where she focused on reducing GHG emissions from land use, advancing land-based carbon offsets and improving water quality. She has also worked for the Nature Conservancy, the World Bank, UNEP and WWF and consulted extensively in Africa and Asia.  She received a M.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Xantha Bruso is a Principal in the Long-Term Energy Policy group of PG&E’s Energy Procurement department. She analyzes and advocates on climate change and energy policy, and supports AB 32 implementation at PG&E.  In previous positions at PG&E, Xantha managed PG&E’s greenhouse gas compliance instrument Request for Offer (GHG RFO), conducted PG&E’s voluntary greenhouse gas reporting, advised on commercializing emerging renewable energy technologies, and worked on administering the California Solar Initiative.  Prior to PG&E, Xantha was an environmental mediator at Concur, a Berkeley-based consulting firm, where she mediated science-based disputes and conducted policy analysis and strategic planning on natural resource and development issues. Xantha earned a BA in Geography and Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, a Master in City Planning degree from MIT, and a Master in Business Administration from the Presidio Graduate School.

Rajinder Sahota is chief of the Climate Change Program Evaluation Branch at the California Air Resources Board.  Rajinder is responsible for the development and implementation of the California Cap-and-Trade Program. Rajinder manages the branch responsible for allocation, market and auction monitoring and oversight, linkage, offset policy, and offset program implementation. Prior to this position, Rajinder managed the market and auction monitoring group and cap-and-trade rule development with lead roles on the design of the offset program and linkage with Quebec.

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