Agenda | LCFS & Carbon Markets Workshop

“A Decade of Transparency in Environmental Markets”

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – Carbon Workshop

7:45 am – 8:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast | Sponsored by CBL Markets

Xpansiv company CBL


8:45 am – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Bridget Hunsucker, Conference Chair, OPIS by IHS Markit

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Keynote: Price Signals -Tracking North American Carbon Policy Developments

Katie Sullivan, Managing Director, IETA

Following years of planning and legislation hurdles, new state carbon pricing programs are finally advancing toward implementation. Meanwhile, a recent update to Canada’s federal carbon pricing benchmark not only set new climate policy design expectations but also increased the federal carbon tax price starting in 2023. With the countdown on, it’s important to know how new compliance obligations could create fresh opportunities for emission trading. This presentation will give an overview of the forthcoming programs and answer the question: “Why, now?”

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Dueling Forecasts: Expert Outlooks for California Carbon Prices, Supply and Demand

Clayton Munnings, US Strategic Advisor, IETA (Moderator)
Jackie Ferlita, President – Emissions Desk, Air Quality Consultant
Mike Taylor, President, Emissions Advisors
Pawan Mehra, Analyst, CaliforniaCarbon

With the worst of COVID-19’s economic ramifications in the rear-view, it is seemingly onward and upward for North America’s benchmark carbon market, which strengthened considerably so far this year. But do clear skies or turbulent clouds loom ahead? This dynamic panel discussion will clarify current market conditions and showcase leading outlooks on allowance and offset supply and demand, pricing, and market participation.

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Refreshment Break

(Available for Sponsorship)

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
State of the Voluntary Carbon Market

Chelsea Bryant, Managing Director, Radicle

The Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) grabbed headlines over the past year, often mentioned as a key part of limiting global warming to just 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels as outlined in the Paris Agreement. This year, it has become home to countless corporations, buying offsets to reach net-zero emissions goals, and to traders and hedge funds seizing the opportunity to serve their clients’ emissions reduction strategies. This presentation will demystify how the VCM operates and its scaling potential as well as uncover why momentum is accelerating toward a landmark $1 billion in annual transactions this year.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Networking Luncheon

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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Trend Watch – Offsetting Emissions to Create Carbon-Neutral Fuels

Tom Sosnowski, Managing Editor – Americas Marine Fuels, OPIS by IHS Markit (Moderator)
Ariel Perez, Managing Director, Vertree
Mike Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Parhelio Underwriting
Alejandro Alarcon, Manager – Carbon Analysis, ClearBlue Markets

A growing list of shipping industry participants have entered the VCM to purchase offsets to create carbon-neutrality in marine fuels. This decarbonization strategy is spreading across other fuels sectors and supply chains. This panel discussion will focus on the most recent developments within the fast-growing emissions reduction strategy, types of offsets credits used and what industry participants make up the carbon-neutral fuels demand picture.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break

(Available for Sponsorship)

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Voluntary Carbon Offsets Quality and Price Roundtable

James Burbridge, Director, Carbon Direct (Moderator)
Augustin Silvani, Senior Vice President, Conservation International
Mike Korchinsky, President, Wildlife Works
Angela Foster-Rice, SVP, Everland
Sheldon Zakreski, Director, ClearBlue Markets

Voluntary carbon offsets credits transactions soared this year on demand from corporations deploying net-zero emissions and carbon neutrality strategies, signaling that an important scaling-up of the markets has commenced. This roundtable discussion will feature the unique perspectives of some of the world’s foremost producers of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) credits, the largest forestry offset type by issuance volume. Experts will also weigh in with price and issuance forecasts, as the unprecedented VCM growth is expected to grow along with the world’s emissions reduction.

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Scaling Up: New Spot, Futures Voluntary Carbon Markets Taking Shape

Joe Madden, CEO, Xpansiv

This year, world-first financial contracts for voluntary carbon offsets credits launched, providing risk management for financial stakeholders and traders that flocked to trade spot and futures delivery options. Liquidity quickly amassed on the CBL Markets spot GEO and N-GEO contracts as well as the CME GEO and N-GEO futures contracts, and carbon credit prices rallied to increase the overall value of the VCM. This presentation will provide a peek behind-the-scenes at the formation and growth of the contracts and a look forward at what VCM participants demand next in terms of optionality.

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Welcome Cocktail Reception | Sponsored by ClearBlue Markets

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 – LCFS Workshop, Day 1

7:45 am – 8:45 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast | Sponsored by Weaver


8:45 am – 9:00 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dolores Santos, Conference Chair, OPIS by IHS Markit

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Keynote: 2022 Scoping Plan – Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2045

Liane Randolph, Board Chairperson, California Air Resources Board

Join us as one of the leaders from the California Air Resources Board discusses their 2022 scoping plan and the pathway that’s being established to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. This high-level briefing will provide you with actionable information and unsurpassed market intelligence – the perfect start to the LCFS portion of the event!

9:30 am – 10:15 am
An Overview of the LCFS Program – Present and Future

Cheryl Laskowski, Chief – LCFS, California Air Resources Board

One of the most senior persons at CARB, Ms. Laskowski will provide a detailed update of the current LCFS program and an overview of proposed 2022 amendments prior to their adoption, plus a look at other updates and issues that may effect the program in both the short and long terms.

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Refreshment Break | Sponsored by Incubex


10:45 am – 11:45 am
The Canadian Clean Fuels Program

Jordan Godwin, Associate Director, OPIS by IHS Markit (Moderator)
Ian Thomson, Advanced Biofuels Canada
Michael Rensing, Director, Govt. of British Columbia
Paola Mellow, Executive Director, Environment and Climate Change Canada

This panel of both private sector and governmental experts will provide a detailed overview of Canada’s National Clean Fuel Program, its progress and pathway as well as a deep dive into British Columbia’s LCFS program and what it comprises.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
A Major Refiner’s Perspective on the LCFS

Nick Dombalis, Director of Renewable Fuels, Phillips 66

Join us as a refining major discusses the LCFS, their perspective, challenges, opportunities and how they see the future in both the short and long terms as regulatory and marketplace factors influence products produced and the overall landscape.

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Luncheon | Sponsored by OTC Direct

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
West Coast Clean Fuels Programs – Oregon, Washington and Other States

Jordan Godwin, Associate Director, OPIS by IHS Markit (Moderator)
Bill Peters, Oregon Clean Fuels Program Analyst, State of Oregon
Joel Creswell, Climate Policy Section Manager, Washington Department of Ecology
Carolyn Berninger, Transportation and Fuels Public Policy Manager, GPI

Our panelists will provide delegates with the latest in developments and an overview of Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program and a look at how the Washington LCFS program is unfolding – hear about challenges, opportunities and the vision for the future from two of the architects leading these transformations. This targeted panel discussion will focus on the rapid growth of renewable diesel and SAF production announcements, along with feedstock availability issues and concerns required to supply production and demand needs.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Renewable Diesel and Jet Fuel – Panel Discussion

Kevin Lindemer, Director, IHS Markit (Moderator)
Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI
Juan Sacato, Director, IHS Markit
Dayne Delahoussaye, Renewable Aviation, Neste
Marianne Csaky, Director, Alaska Airlines
Justin Dirico, Principal, OTC Direct

This targeted panel discussion will focus on the rapid growth of renewable diesel and SAF production announcements, along with feedstock availability issues and concerns required to supply production and demand needs.

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Refreshment Break

(Available for Sponsorship)

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
The Move to Electrify Transportation – Panel Discussion

Graham Noyes, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (Moderator)
Evan Neyland, Clean Fuels Manager, ChargePoint
John Thornton, President, CleanFuture

The electric vehicle sector is the fastest growing sector in the LCFS having grown from just 8% of the total credit generation in Q2 2015 to 21% of total credit generation in Q2 2021. It is also the most complex credit generation sector with a wide range of vehicle types with differing energy economy ratios, opportunities to generate incremental credits from low carbon intensity power, and various market participants holding the right to generate credits. This experienced panel will provide insights into the intricacies of the EV sector, explain the details of how the various types of credit generation work, and identify key trends in this sector.

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Reducing Carbon Intensity in Renewable Fuels with Climate Smart Farming Practices

Graham Noyes, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (Moderator)
Johnathan Lehman, Partner, American Coalition for Ethanol
Karen O’Brien, Sustainability Engineering Manager, Gevo
David Clay, Incoming President, American Society of Agronomy

Carbon neutrality goals span the globe. To meet these targets, we need an all-hands-on-deck approach that incentivizes and rewards carbon reduction through the value chain. As hard to electrify sectors turn to renewable liquid hydrocarbons, we must include opportunities to reduce carbon at the farm level while increasing sustainability. Recent announcements from this Administration to work with the farming community on regenerative agriculture and sustainability need to be recognized through the full market life-cycle. US agriculture can sequester substantial amounts of carbon in the soil through simple practices such as reduced or no tillage, incorporation of cover crops, and precision fertilization. Join our panel of experts as they discuss key topics and issues in this fascinating discussion.

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
Networking Cocktail Reception | Sponsored by Renewable Energy Group

Renewable Energy Group (REG)


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Friday, December 3, 2021 – LCFS Workshop, Day 2

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Keynote – Brazil’s Renewable Fuels Program

Pietro A. S. Mendes, Director, Secretary of Petroleum – Brazil

Currently ranked 2nd in the world in the production of biodiesel, 25% of fuel consumed in Brazil comes from renewable sources with a goal of increasing that to 30% by 2030. Hear from one of the leaders of this program as he discusses the steps taken to date during this transformation and what lies on the horizon.

9:45 am – 10:30 am
State of the Industry – Renewable Natural Gas

Sam Wade, Director, RNG Coalition (Moderator)
Brandon Price, Director, Maas Energy Works
Yaniv D. Scherson, Ph. D., COO, Anaergia
Marisa Sweeney, Director Investment Team, Generate

This group of industry experts and thought leaders will provide an in-depth look at the current state of the renewable gas industry and an outlook for the future in both the near and long term to include consumption, pricing and what positive and negative trends may be on the horizon.

10:30 am – 11:00 am
Refreshment Break

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Fueling the Drive to Zero: What a Decade of Clean Fuels Policy Can Tell Us About the Decade to Come

Colin Murphy, Deputy Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

As policy makers grapple with the need to meet ambitious GHG reduction targets, and the Federal RFS nears the end of its initial design period, clean fuels have gained prominence in the public policy space. This talk will draw from UC Davis’ long history of research and engagement on the LCFS, and my own decade of experience in the fuel policy space to discuss what we’ve learned about how to design and implement a clean fuel standard, and what this can teach us about meeting critical challenges in the decades to come.

11:45 am
Workshop Concludes


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