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ADVISORY: CAP’s Perriello and International Experts to Discuss Linking U.S. State Carbon Markets to the World

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Contact: Anne Shoup
Phone: 202.481.7146

April 10, 2013, 12:00 pm ET – 1:30 pm ET

Washington DC – On Wednesday, April 10, experts from around the world will discuss the potential evolution of the U.S. economic and political relationship with the European Union, Australia, and Canada through the linking of carbon markets with markets in California and RGGI states.

Trading on the California carbon market began on January 1, 2013, as part of the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act—the landmark bipartisan clean energy legislation that aims to cut greenhouse-gas pollution to 1990 levels by 2020. California’s carbon market, along with other programs designed to meet its greenhouse-gas reduction targets, are propelling the nation toward a cleaner energy future and have catalyzed billions of dollars in private-sector investment in clean energy in the state.

Meanwhile, the nine northeastern states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI—the first mandatory carbon cap-and-trade system in the United States—are enjoying environmental and economic benefits as the cap-and-trade program enters its sixth year. Member states are experiencing stronger clean energy economies and are saving hundreds of millions of dollars in energy costs.

Internationally, Australia is planning to link with the EU emissions trading system in 2015 and conversations about linking with other markets are already underway.

The event will feature a report from FORES, “Linking Emissions Trading Systems in EU and California,” by Lars Zetterberg, followed by a discussion about the advantages of linking carbon markets and the next steps for bilateral cooperation between the United States and the EU, Australia, and Canada.


Introduction by:
Tom Perriello, President and CEO, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Counselor for Policy, Center for American Progress

Featured Panelists:
Lars Zetterberg, Senior Scientist and Director, Business Development, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Laurie Burt, President, Laurie Burt, LLC
Harinder Sidhu, First Assistant Secretary, Adaptation, Science and Communications Division, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Commonwealth of Australia
Brian Turner, Assistant Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board

Moderated by:
Rebecca Lefton, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress


April 10, 2013
12:00 pm ET – 1:30 pm ET
A light lunch will be served at 11:30 am.


Center for American Progress
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC20005

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For more information, contact Anne Shoup at or 202.481.7146.



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