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Argus Emissions Markets 2018

The 7th annual Argus Emissions Markets will take place between 6-7 March 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

This market-leading conference gathers international industry experts from across the value-chain including banks, traders and brokers, industrials, utilities, government and NGOs to join collaborative discussions on key developments in emissions markets.

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For more information about the Argus Emissions Markets conference, please contact the team:

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Confirmed speakers for Argus Emissions 2018:

  • Trevor Sikorski, Head of Natural Gas and Carbon, Energy Aspects

  • Giuseppe Montesano, Chair of Environment and Sustainable Development Policies Committee, EurElectric & Deputy Director, Enel

  • Ross Mckenzie, EU Affairs Manager, Drax Group

  • Koen Coppenholle, Chief Executive, CEMBUREAU - The European Cement Association

  • Dr. Brigitta Huckestein, Senior Manager, Energy and Climate Policy, BASF

  • Peter Zapfel, Head of Unit, ETS Policy Development and Auctioning, DG Climate Action, European Commission

  • Adolfo Aiello, Director of Climate & Energy, The European Steel Association (EUROFER)

  • Tony Gai, Managing Director, Heng Neng

  • Sirui Xioa, Deputy Director, Research and Planning Department, China Emissions Exchange

  • Louis Redshaw, CEO and Founder, Redshaw Advisors

  • Benedikt von Butler, Carbon and Environmental Products Trader, Hartree Partners

  • Ondrej Strecker, Senior Strategy Specialist, CEZ

  • Bernadett Papp, Senior Market Analyst, Vertis Environmental Finance

  • James Cooper, Lead Analyst, Global Environmental Products, BP

At this crucial moment for the industry, the conference will address the probable impact of major policy developments on the horizon, which are set to transform the markets. Over the coming months, the industry can expect to see the fleshing-out of the EU ETS trilogues, the nationwide launch of the Chinese ETS, clarification of the trading vehicles in the ICAO system, and much more.  There is so much to come which is anticipated to revitalise the markets. Join Argus Emissions Markets to keep abreast of emerging opportunities and to discover where the markets are heading. 

In the lead-up to the conference, we’d be delighted to hear your views on what you expect to be the key developments in the markets:

Take part in our short survey

More involvement from industrials and utilities

2017 has seen increasing interaction with market developments and a greater understanding of pricing dynamics by compliance buyers affected by the markets. Regulated companies are making efforts to be more informed about the issues involved as the carbon price becomes an increasingly significant concern in terms of the cost it poses to private businesses. Argus Emissions Markets 2018 will provide an excellent platform to network among these key stakeholders.

Expansive expertise on international markets

Content coverage will include exclusive insights into global markets providing continuing opportunities. The conference will look closely at the technical and implementation elements of the Chinese ETS, the international ICAO model, the progressive moves towards carbon markets in the US, a dissection of the South Korean system, and more. 

Enhanced networking opportunities

Networking opportunities have been paramount to the success of this conference. In 2018, you will be able to participate in extended networking breaks, a speed-networking session and streamed roundtable discussions for more focused debates, all designed to optimise the benefit you gain from your time at the conference.

You can view a list of companies that regularly send delegates to the conference here.


Join industry leaders, regulators and market facilitators from across the world

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Super Early Bird rate (expires 20 October 2017) EUR (€)
Two-day conference pass (6 - 7 Mar 2018) - all prices subject to 20% VAT*                               €1199
Standard rate EUR (€)
Two-day conference pass (6 - 7 Mar 2018) - all prices subject to 20% VAT*                               €1449

Small Emitters' Compliance Buyers rate** EUR (€)
Two-day conference pass (6 - 7 March 2017) - all prices subject to 20% VAT*                        
* As the conference is being held in the UK, all delegate tickets are subject to VAT. EU businesses may be able to reclaim VAT charged through their local tax office. Please click here for more information.

**Rate for small emitters: an enterprise must meet the following requirements in order to purchase a delegate pass at this discounted rate:
  • Your enterprise must have installations subject to the EU ETS legislation
  • The total carbon emissions of all installations collectively, subject to the EU ETS legislation, must not exceed 80,000 metric tonnes CO2e per year. The full amount of your company's emissions will be taken into account as opposed to specified subsidaries.
  • Enterprises receiving free allocations are eligible for this discount provided they meet the above criteria
  • Argus will base emissions on historical data, from the last financial year, rather than projected emissions for the current year.
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Terms and Conditions

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Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of Argus European Emissions Markets Conference is to provide participants with a high-level update on European issues in the context of our global emissions industry. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Regular attendees at Argus Emissions Markets

A sample of organisations that regularly attend the event include:
  • Axpo Trading 
  • BAML
  • BASF
  • BayernLB
  • Belektron
  • Bergen Energi AS
  • Biofílica Investimentos Ambientais
  • BP
  • Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
  • CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries)
  • Climate Markets & Investment Association (CMIA)
  • Corendon Airlines
  • Danish Business Authority
  • Dom Maklerski Consus 
  • DONG Energy
  • Dow Chemicals
  • EEX Power Derivatives 
  • Elvis Zornic Dipl. Eng. Mechanicals EEMBA Energy Electricity Market Bosnia and Herzegovina private company U.S.
  • Enel
  • Energie Steiermark Business 
  • European Commission
  • European Energy Exchange
  • European Investment Bank
  • Finnish Energy Industries
  • First Climate
  • Five Rings
  • Fundacja ClientEarth Poland
  • Gazprom Marketing & Trading 
  • HeidelbergCement
  • Holcim
  • International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
  • Jefferies Bache
  • PwC
  • Regent Climate Connect Knowledge Solutions
  • RheinEnergie Trading
  • Sandbag Climate Campaign
  • Saint-Gobain Gypsum
  • Statkraft
  • STX Services 
  • Syneco Trading 
  • ThyssenKrupp
  • Total Refining & Chemicals
  • VerifAvia SARL and VerifAvia 
  • Vertis Environmental Finance
  • World Bank and many more...

Meet these companies and more at the 2018 event -  register online here

  Main Conference Day One – Tuesday 6 March 2018

Main Registration and Coffee


Chairman’s Opening Remarks

09.10 Clarifying the terms of Article 6 and the new global environmental policy landscape
  • Outlining the most recent reforms to the Paris Agreement and their consequences
  • How have JCMs been clarified in policy and what will be their effect on carbon markets?
  • To what extent do the terms support private business?
  • Evaluating the prospects of carbon trading clubs
  • Assessing the effects of US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement – the good and the bad
  • Can China emerge as the next world environmental leader following the US withdrawal?
09.30 Outlining updated terms of EU ETS legislation and their implications for the carbon markets
  • Reviewing and analysing the EU ETS directive reforms 
  • Anticipating the effectiveness of the reforms to increase the carbon price – a timeline from 2018
  • What remain the points of contention?
09.50 The Market Stability Reserve: Is 24pc the right number to move the carbon price?
  • Analysing the reforms of the MSR and anticipating the impact on the carbon price
  • How will the MSR work?
 10.10  Networking Break
 10.40 Can EU ETS policy makers keep up with energy reforms around carbon reduction to secure a desirable carbon price?
  • Outlining energy policies in renewables and reforms to the Energy Efficiency Directive 
  • Assessing the outlook for European carbon taxes
  • Evaluating the impact of the Innovation Fund
  • Are companies keeping up with the low carbon transition?
  • To what extent can ETS legislation keep pace with wider low carbon energy policy?
11.00 Panel Discussion: How will the UK’s emissions trading model fit into the EU ETS post-Brexit?
  • How much is known about the UK’s plans for emissions trading post-Brexit?
  • What options are available for UK emissions trading?
  • What is the most likely outcome? 
  • How might post-2020 specifications adapt to the UK leaving the EU ETS
11.40 Panel Discussion: Post-2020: What can the market expect for phase 4 of the EU ETS?
  • Assessing government ambitions post-2020 and dissecting how they will be implemented in the member states
  • How will free allocations be assigned and how will they be restricted?
  • Are the plans for post-2020 enough to boost the carbon price effectively?
  • Anticipating how the private-sector will respond to planned reforms post-2020?
12.20 Networking Lunch
13.30 Analysing the structures of the Chinese ETS
  • Outlining the structure and coverage of the Chinese ETS
  • Assessing the positives and challenges seen in the Chinese ETS 
13.50 Will the Chinese ETS open up new pathways in global environmental co-operation?
  • How might the Chinese ETS influence the prospects of carbon leakage?
  • How will the Chinese ETS influence policies of global private businesses?
  • What does the nationalisation of the Chinese ETS mean for the future of linkage and more extensive global environmental political collaboration?
14.10 Panel Discussion: Assessing new opportunities in the Chinese ETS
  • Who are the main participants in the markets?
  • To what extent will the Chinese market open up to foreign business, and how to get involved
  • Analysing challenges in foreign exchange
  • What does the future look like for the Chinese ETS – scope and volume?
14.35 Live Polling: What do you anticipate for the Chinese ETS?
14.40 Investigating key progress in US emissions trading
  • Outlining progress in the California-Quebec and Ontario model
  • Anticipating emissions trading in new states
  • Assessing opportunities in the US markets
  • Forecasting the market pricing outlook
15.00  Networking Break
15.20 Evaluating legislation and prospects in the South Korean markets
  • Digesting the structure and operations of the South Korean ETS
  • Investigating opportunities in the South Korean ETS
  • How the South Korean ETS has emerged as the driving environmental initiative on the climate agenda
 15.40 Panel Discussion: Where are the opportunities and successes in global emissions trading systems?
  • Assessing the prospects of a cap-and-trade system in India
  • What will the Kazakhstan model look like and achieve?
  • What are the opportunities in New Zealand?
  • Comparing the structures, successes and challenges in international emissions trading schemes
 16.00 Panel Discussion: Clarifying developments in the ICAO market-based mechanism
  • Outlining what we know of the ICAO structure
  • How and when will the system be rolled out?
  • Assessing the expectations of trading dynamics in the markets
 16.20 Will the ICAO market-based mechanism help mobilise new schemes in the wider transport sector?
  • How will the transport sector support the low-carbon agenda?
  • Does the ICAO system act as a good model for the wider transport sector to work on?
  • What are the prospects for the shipping sector to create an emissions trading mechanism?
17.00 Speed Networking
17.15 Closing Remarks 
17.20 Networking Drinks Reception
   Main Conference Day Two –  Wednesday 7 March 2018
09.00  Main Registration and Coffee
09.20  Opening Remarks
09.30 Outlining trends in demand and supply across the EU market
  • Supply and demand in the first quarter
  • Analysing drivers in market changes
  • Forecasting supply and demand in 2018 and beyond
09.50 Reviewing the outlook for coal plant closures and the impact on carbon pricing
  • Outlining the extent and pace of coal plant closures in Europe and ambitions of the Air Quality Directive
  • How this will correspond to changes in the carbon markets?
  • How will China opening up international coal sales change the landscape for European coal plants?
  • Assessing the profitability of coal plants and the effect of reforms on dark spreads
10.10 Panel Discussion: An in-depth assessment of pricing and market drivers 
  • Analysing the market price
  • Forecasting pricing trends
  • Evaluating the prospects of confidence and stability in the carbon price in 2018 and beyond
  • Weighting fundamentals against each other, assessing their relative influence on the carbon markets, including: coal, battery, nuclear, weather, renewables, energy efficiency, gas, transport electrification and electricity pricing
  • Live polling: during this panel you will be able to vote on questions regarding pricing and market drivers — find out what the industry’s top professionals expect 
11.00 Networking Break
11.30 Panel Discussion: How will utilities’ hedging strategies adapt to legislative changes?
  • Assessing current hedging strategies
  • Anticipating hedging to change in response to reforms and how will this influence the trading landscape?
  • How much flexibility is there in hedging the carbon price?
12.00 Case Study: Does the carbon price disadvantage eastern Europe by its influence on power pricing?
  • To what extent will the cost of carbon be passed onto consumers?
  • To what extent will a carbon price rise affect electricity demand?
  • Are there differences in the impact on eastern Europe as opposed to western Europe?
12.20 Reviewing how MiFID II has affected trading
  • Assessing the implications for those caught by MiFID II thresholds
  • How has MiFID II affected trading?
12.40 To what extent are credit ratings changing as a consequence of the carbon price?
  • How are banks incorporating the cost of carbon into credit ratings?
  • To what extent can companies gain good yields through investments in fossil fuels? 
13.00 Networking Lunch
14.20 Spotlight: Evaluating new opportunities in forestry credits
  • How the forestry industry is being protected through forestry credits
  • Outlining market developments and opportunities in forestry credit trading 
14.40 Forecasting the pricing outlook in the voluntary market
  • Outlining pricing developments in the voluntary market
  • The price forecast in the short-to-medium term
  • Assessing the future prospects of verified emissions reductions (VERs)
15.00 Panel Discussion: Growing demand in the voluntary markets: where are the opportunities?
  • Reviewing VER supply and demand
  • Evaluating who is entering the voluntary markets and where the greatest opportunities lie
15.20 Networking Break
15.50 Industry-led roundtables

Roundtables will be led by key companies regulated in emissions trading markets discussing challenges and expectations

 16.30 Closing Remarks 
 16.40 Close of conference

For more information about the 2018 agenda please contact Sarah Rayment, the conference producer for the event:

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Chair’s Opening Remarks

Tom Young, Editor, Argus

Video Presentation: To What Extent can the ICAO Market-based Mechanism Impact Carbon Pricing? 

  • Will it be a global scheme?
  • What will the level of demand for credits be?
  • Will there be any effect on supply/demand in cap-and-trade schemes?
  • Understand the outline of the scheme
  • Anticipating the timing of implementation
  • Exploring the future prospects of the scheme’s interactions with other carbon markets

Video Presentation: To What Extent can the ICAO Market-based Mechanism Impact Carbon Pricing? 

  • Will it be a global scheme?
  • What will the level of demand for credits be?
  • Will there be any effect on supply/demand in cap-and-trade schemes?
  • Understand the outline of the scheme
  • Anticipating the timing of implementation
  • Exploring the future prospects of the scheme’s interactions with other carbon markets
A Current Market Analysis
  • Understanding the market trends
  • Looking into the current effectiveness and problems with the ETS system
  • Assessing pricing trends, the causes and consequences

Dr. Dirk Weinreich, Head of Legal Issues, Environment and Energy, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

A Current Market Analysis
  • Understanding the market trends
  • Looking into the current effectiveness and problems with the ETS system
  • Assessing pricing trends, the causes and consequences

Dr. Dirk Weinreich, Head of Legal Issues, Environment and Energy, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building, and Nuclear Safety, Germany 

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