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Upcoming Carbon World Conference Provides Expert Insights on LCFS

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March 27, 2017

The Coalition is sponsoring Navigating the American Carbon World, the largest event for carbon and climate policy in North America and a premier learning opportunity for anyone engaged with California’s climate change programs. The 15th annual conference, in San Francisco April 19–21, will shine a spotlight on the importance of the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

“This is a California-focused event doing a deep-dive into the intricacies of LCFS, and the Coalition is proud to sponsor it,” said Coalition President Thomas Lawson. “It will be helpful for every organization that wants to learn more about working with the LCFS program.”

Navigating the American Carbon World brings together experts including philanthropists, activists, California state senators and their staff members, environmental scientists, and clean technology companies. California Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León will give a keynote address. Additional speakers include Ashley Conrad-Saydah, deputy secretary for climate policy at the California EPA; Gary Gero, Los Angeles County’s chief sustainability officer; Mary Nichols, CARB chair; and Nate Taylor, project manager at Southern California Gas Company.

California officials open window to the future

“We’re honored to have several California state officials in our speaking lineup, including State Controller Betty Yee, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Director Ken Alex, and California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez. They will be speaking to what’s happening now and what to expect in the future for climate change policy in the state,” said Jennifer Weiss, communications director at Climate Action Reserve, which organizes the event.

“It will be very valuable to learn not just what states are doing to fight climate change, but also how cities, corporations, and nonprofits are forging ahead, despite what might be happening at the federal level,” she added, noting that the Trump administration has created an environment for climate and energy policy that is different from what existed a year ago.

April 19, the preconference launch day, features several activities of interest to Coalition members, including a California cap-and-trade workshop and a talk on the role of renewable gas in cutting pollutants—“Fresh Thinking: Mooving Toward a Climate-Friendly Cow” will explore how livestock methane emission can be measured and packaged for the carbon markets.

“Everyone looks to California to see what’s happening with low-carbon fuel standards. This is the first year NACW has had many sessions dedicated to LCFS, and that’s due to demand. People want to know what California will do—it’s still setting the benchmark for the rest of the U.S.,” said Weiss.

Conference path focuses on the LCFS

Attendees who are especially interested in the LCFS can follow Path 4, which offers three relevant sessions on April 20. First, Sam Wade, chief of CARB’s Transportation Fuels Branch, will lead “Can Alternative Fuel Supply Meet LCFS Market Demand?” which will also feature insights from Nate Taylor. Second, Aakash Doshi, director of the Citigroup Global Markets Research Department, will deliver “International Imports and Domestic Regulation—an LCFS Market Outlook.” The last topic for the day is “Third-Party Verification for LCFS—Governance, Standards, and Evaluation Considerations,” which will address how CARB can incorporate existing international standards for cost-effective certification plans that cover complex supply chains and diverse feedstocks.

There are also two sessions addressing climate change activity at the federal level, including one on how individual states can keep climate action a priority despite potential cuts to the EPA and one on the Trump administration’s federal climate and energy policies.

“Although there is uncertainty about policies at the federal level, it’s clear that other international governments, subnational governments, corporations, and environmental groups are moving forward and will continue to take climate change action seriously,” said Weiss.

On the second full day, attendees can choose from a different set of paths, including climate initiatives and policy, markets and finance, and technical sessions, and they can visit exhibit hall booths to learn more about what the sponsors are doing to decrease carbon emissions.

Registration for Navigating the American Carbon World is now open.


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