30 June - 01 July 2022
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

Argus Carbon Markets and Regulation Conference

Agenda

Join a line-up of expert speakers as they debate and discuss key regional and global challenges facing both voluntary and compliance carbon markets


 
If you would like to discuss speaking opportunities, please contact isabelle.andrews@argusmedia.com

The EU ETS: past, present, and future

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  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
Light refreshments and breakfast drinks will be served during the registration period
  • 09:00
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  • 09:05
  • Conference welcome Belle Andrews - Conference Producer, Argus
  • 09:05
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  • 09:10
  • Chairperson's opening remarks Victoria Hatherick - Deputy Editor, Argus
  • 09:10
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  • 09:30
  • Argus presents: a deep dive into the EU ETS Victoria Hatherick - Deputy Editor, Argus

The Deputy Editor of Argus European Emissions, Victoria Hatherick, will give a brief presentation outlining the main developments we’ve seen in the European carbon market over the past 2 to 3 years. She will then moderate a series of  interview style sessions in order to provide deeper insight into the presented topics.

  • 09:30
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  • 09:45
  • Article six and COP26: what does this look like in practice?

As briefly discussed in Victoria's presentation, COP 26 has played a significant role in the world's collective agreement on article six. This session looks to explore the global community's definition and it's potential implications

 

Moderator:

Victoria Hatherick, Deputy Editor, Argus

More speakers to be announced

  • 09:45
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  • 10:30
  • Higher and lower: controversy surrounding the fluctuating price of EUAs in the ETS Speakers include: - Vattenfall

The carbon price jumped from €36 to €97 post-pandemic and have since dropped due to the on-going geopolitical complications in Europe. Many industries remain concerned about this fluctuation and specifically high EUA prices, let's talk about how we got here.

  • There was a serious increase in EUAs since the beginning of the pandemic, what were the main causes of this price hike?
  • How are key industry players coping with this significant price increase? What options do they have to combat these price hikes?
  • What are some of the positive consequences of fluctuating EUA prices? 

Speakers include:

Sam Norton, Trader, Vattenfall

Edson Oliveira, Senior Commodities Trader, Energias de Portugal SA (EDP)

Bo Qin, Lead Analyst European Carbon Market, BloombergNEF 

Moderator:

Victoria Hatherick, Deputy Editor, Argus

More speakers to be announced

 

  • 10:30
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  • 11:10
  • Speculators in the EU ETS: a look at the ESMA report and debate on the role of investors ESMA

The European carbon market is in the midst of a an ongoing debate concerning speculators ‘playing’ or negatively impacting the price of EUAs. Some believe that these investors add liquidity to the market while others contend that they only help to drive the price up to unfair heights.

  • Are speculators a necessary aspect of the market or are they detrimental? Is the answer more nuanced, if so, how?
  • What role do most financial intermediaries play in the market today? Is prop trading still viable and useful?
  • Updates on the ESMA report, which was released in March/April 2022
  • How does the EU ETS community move forward? What rights should speculators have in this market?

 

Confirmed Speakers: 

Chloe Picandet, Senior Policy Officer, ESMA 

Moderator:

Alessandro Vitelli, Freelance Journalists, Carbon Reporter


  • 11:10
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  • 12:10
  • Coffee and discussion break
  • 12:10
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  • 12:50
  • CBAM part two: international insight into the legal, political, and environmental response Speakers include: - ICAP, Energy Community Secretariat

Argus' Carbon Markets Live 2021 began to introduce an idea of what the incorporation of CBAM could look like from an international perspective. A year later and after some of the legislative reforms proposed by the European Union in July 2021, let’s re-examine exactly what those implications will be.

  • Will this mechanism be able to encourage global action toward carbon neutrality?
  • What insight have the most recent proposals from the EU given us on how CBAM could play out in practice?
  • What are countries,specifically those that rely heavily on trade with the EU, doing to prepare for the incorporation of the mechanism?

Speakers include:

Stefano De Clara, Head of Secretariat, ICAP

Milka Mumonvic, Electricity and Statistics Expert, Energy Community Secretariat

  • 12:50
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  • 14:00
  • Lunch break
  • 14:00
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  • 14:20
  • Keynote: the EU Commission presents 'the future of the EU ETS 2030 and beyond' Speakers include: - EU Commission

The recent reforms from the European Union has participants in the EU ETS bracing themselves for impact. This session aims to provide the audience with insight on the progression of the proposed legislation and its potential ramifications.

  • A general overview of the legislation being debated at the parliamentary or commission level.
  • The expansion into the shipping sector may be more complicated than originally expected. How does the commission plan to overcome these complexities from a legislative perspective?

Speakers include:

Polona Gregorin, Deputy Head of Unit DG Clima, European Commission

  • 14:20
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  • 15:00
  • The expansion of the EU ETS: what does this mean for the maritime sector? Speakers include: - European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition

Following a presentation from the commission, representatives from the shipping sector will discuss their views on the expansion legislation being proposed for the ETS.

  • Who should be held responsible for the emissions emitted in the shipping sector? The operator or the ship owner?
  • How will the supply of EUA's be affect by the inclusion of more sectors into the EU ETS?
  • An update, from the market side, regarding the expansion of the EU ETS by outlining the legislative/policy progress we have seen up to this point in terms of expanding into the maritime sector.

Speakers Include:

Jacob Armstrong, Sustainable Shipping Officer, Transport and Environment  

Ellen De Vocht, Political and Regulatory Affairs Officer, European Energy Exchange (EEX) 

 

  • 15:00
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  • 15:45
  • The EU Innovation Fund: insight into some of the most promising carbon reduction technologies today Speakers include: - European Commission

This session will include a panel of the leading project managers currently working on carbon reduction technology projects within the EU Innovation Fund. Each panelist will be given 5 to 10 minutes to give a brief overview of their project and the progress they’ve made so far. This will then lead into a live Q&A session with the audience.

 

Moderator:

Johanna Schiele, Policy Officer, DG Clima 2: Research and Low Carbon Technology Development, European Commission

More speakers to be announced

  • 15:45
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  • 16:15
  • Coffee break
  • 16:15
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  • 16:45
  • The realities and realationship between high EUA price and investment in innovation Speakers include: - Energy Aspects, Bioenergy Europe,

The idea behind increasing carbon credit prices is to incentivize investment in new and innovative carbon reduction technologies, yet we don’t see this happening frequently in the EU ETS.

  • Why aren’t more companies and organizations investing in innovative technology as prices increase?
  • Where is the breakdown in the relationship between price and innovation in the carbon market?
  • How can EU ETS participants and governmental entities help to ‘speed up’ the process of getting green tech used in normal practice?

Speakers include:

Trevor Sikorksi, Head of Gas and Emissions, Energy Aspects

 Irene di Padua, Policy Director, Bioenergy Europe 

  • 16:45
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  • 17:15
  • Voluntary carbon off-set (VCO): a preview into the innovation within the voluntary carbon market space

Although day one is dedicated to looking at the EU ETS, this panel session hopes to give the audience a preview of day 2 by looking at some of the on-going VCO projects in the voluntary space.

  • What ‘counts’ as a voluntary carbon-offset?
  • Green energy is a phrase that is typically used to describe projects that are considered VCO's, but how do you ensure that the energy is green from start to finish?
  • Project highlights from the past 1-2 years

Speakers to be announced

  • 17:15
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  • 17:20
  • Closing remarks

Compliance vs voluntary carbon markets

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  • 08:00
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  • 09:00
  • Registration and welcome refreshments
  • 09:00
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  • 09:15
  • Chairperson's opening remarks
  • 09:15
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  • 09:45
  • Voluntary vs. compliance: is a global carbon network on the cards? Speakers include: - CDP

A presentation on the viability of a global carbon market.

  • Though voluntary and compliance markets are seen as entirely separate from one another, is there any space for over-lap or collaboration?
  • Looking specifically at compliance markets around the world, is there an opportunity for international cooperation?
  • Is a global carbon market the end goal, and more importantly should it be?

Speakers:

Paula DiPerna, Special Advisor, CDP

  • 09:45
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  • 10:15
  • North America's complaince markets: California, Oregon, and Canada

This session aims to explore the North American perspective on compliance carbon markets specifically.

  • California, Oregon, and the country of Canada have seen significant operational improvements over the past few years, what do they attribute this success to?
  • How do the US and Canadian emission trading systems plan to collaborate moving forward?
  • An update and/or overview on each of these markets.

Speakers to be announced

  • 10:15
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  • 10:45
  • China's ETS: triumphs and lessons learned

China has the biggest national ETS in the world, this session aims to provide more insight on what goes into building such a complex system.

  • What were some of the biggest challenges when building an ETS in such a geographically diverse nation? What were the lessons learned?
  • How does the Chinese ETS plan to expand and integrate other sectors in the future?

Speakers to be announced

  • 10:45
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  • 11:15
  • The U.K ETS

The U.K. recently left the EU and thus created a national ETS, this session aims to uncover the what the future of the UK ETS could look like.

  • Does the UK ETS resemble the EU ETS? If so, in what ways?
  • How will the two neighboring systems interact? For example, the EU ETS is undergoing massive transformation with the inflow of new reform proposals, can we expect something similar in the UK?
  • Overall updates on the market and its development thus far.

Speakers to be announced

  • 11:15
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  • 11:45
  • Coffee break
  • 11:45
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  • 12:20
  • Carbon markets and the aviation sector: SAF and CORSIA

The aviation sector could potentially play a significant role in the globalization of the voluntary carbon market, this session dissects where the aviation market stands today and where/how it plans to expand.

  • Updates on what exactly CORSIA offers the aviation sector and the opportunities for airlines
  • What are the carbon-off sets that airlines in and outside of Europe rely on?
  • Does SAF have significant enough impact on emissions to be considered a VCO and/or carbon credit?

 Speakers:   

Jan Pechstein, Head of Corporate Emissions Management and Sustainable Aviation Fuels , Lufthansa 

Michael Schneider,
Assistant Director Environmental Programs, IATA  

Moderator: 

Eva Weightman, Director, Aviation & Membership, IETA 

  • 12:20
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  • 12:40
  • VCMs: the process of standardization and regulation

The voluntary carbon market is constantly evolving and growing, this session aims to illustrate how standardization organizations are tackling issues of regulation and accountability.

  • How do standardization organizations set regulatory standards? How are companies held accountable in a voluntary system?
  • How can we ensure environmental integrity as the market continues to scale up?
  • What challenges has the standardization side of VCM faced so far? What are some lessons learned?

Speakers include:

Hugh Salway, Head of Environmental Markets, Gold Standard

  • 12:40
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  • 13:10
  • The voluntary carbon off-set (VCO): what the biggest players are investing in today - VCMI

From tech to energy and even cosmetics, a diverse array of companies are leading the way in the voluntary space.

  • What kinds of VCO’s are they investing in?
  • Looking to markets outside of the western hemisphere, what types of carbon off-set projects are taking place?
  • What legal and reputational risks are part of getting involved in the voluntary market?

Speakers:

Lydia Sheldrake, Manager of VCMI at CIFF, VCMI 

  • 13:10
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  • 13:15
  • Closing remarks