The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) looks forward to welcoming delegates to our flagship North America Climate Summit (NACS) 2023 on 19-21 September, an official accredited event of New York Climate Week 2023 and the UN General Assembly 2023.

Taking place at The Westin New York at Times Square, IETA’s Summit is the ideal forum to take-stock of the world’s evolving net zero landscape and clean growth opportunities. Join us in NYC to hear frompolicymakers, business leaders and innovators who are leading the pack in building, scaling and collaborating on carbon pricing and markets for net zero.

Organized by IETA, in collaboration with the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), NACS 2023 is an in-person event with some hybrid sessions to enable virtual participation. The Summit features high-level plenaries, North America and cross-cutting deep-dive workshops, leadership roundtables, and a “Carbon Market Lounge” with Partner Sponsors display counters, a networking chill-out lounge, coffee breaks and receptions.

Any queries in the meantime, simply contact Lisa Spafford, Managing Director, IETA, spafford@ieta.org.


December 15th 2020

Register individually for each session you are interested in attending. All sessions are free of charge.

Welcome & Opening Addresses

Address by:

Jonathan Grant, Chair – IETA Council

Vision 2050 – IETA 2020 GHG Market Report Launch

Decisions made in the next decade will determine if the Paris Agreement’s 2050 goal to achieve net-zero emissions will be fulfilled. What does this mean for the development and evolution of the market for offset units? What role will Natural Climate Solutions play? What innovations will we need? This special session will feature our GHG Market Report, which takes a look at these questions, and more.

Introductory Remarks:
Katie Kouchakji, Communication Advisor- IETA

James Cameron, COP26 Advisor & Senior Advisor, Pollination

Anne-Marie Warris, Founder & CEO – Ecoreflect
David Hone, Chief Climate Change Adviser – Shell International
Rob Waterworth, CEO – Mullion Group
Ilona Millar, PartnerBaker & McKenzie

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In Conversation with Analysts: The MSR – From COVID 19 to Net-Zero
After almost a decade of low prices, the EU ETS has sprung back into life in recent years. This is in large part due to the MSR, which has continued to play a critical role during the pandemic. This session will look beyond the turbulence of 2020 and ask what we’ve learned about the effectiveness of the MSR, and the prospects for aligning it with the new 2030 emissions reduction target.

Mike Szabo, Director- Carbon Pulse


Haege Fjellheim, Head of Carbon Research- Refinitiv
Marcus Ferdinand, Head of European Power & Carbon Analytics- ICIS
Emily Jackson, EU Power and Carbon Analyst – Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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Negative Emissions in the EU – From Zero to Hero?
The EU’s bold climate neutrality target requires decarbonisation and carbon removals at an unprecedented speed and volume. Whilst Europe’s decarbonisation is well underway, removals are much less mature. This session will explore the development of a policy framework for removals in the EU, and discuss how policies like a carbon certification mechanism might allow removals credits to be traded in the future.

Kate Abnett, European Climate and Energy Correspondent- Reuters


Peter Zapfel, Head of Unit CLIMA.C2 “Governance & Effort Sharing” – European Commission
Pascal Siegwart, Vice President, Carbon Markets and Economy- Total
Karl Smyth, Group Head of Bioenergy Carbon Capture & Storage Strategy & Engagement – Drax Group
Federico Di Credico, Managing Director- ACT Financial Solutions

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Roundtable on International Cooperation: ETS and Prospects for Linking
The benefits of international cooperation through market mechanisms are well knows, but the challenge lies in translating the theoretical potential in real action on the ground. This roundtable discussion will reflect on the way forward for international cooperation through market mechanisms, with a particular focus on ETS linking, looking at existing experiences and at future prospects.

Andrei Marcu, Founder & Director- European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition (ERCST)

Scene Setter Presentation:
Constanze Haug, Senior Advisor- International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)

Jos Delbeke, European Investment Bank Climate Chair – European University Institute (EUI)
Xiliang Zhang, Professor, Institute of Energy, Environment, and Economy Tsinghua University
Silke Karcher, Head of Division, EU Climate and Energy Policy, European Climate Initiative, Carbon Markets- Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), Germany
Nicolas Girod, Founding Partner & Managing Director of Markets – ClearBlueMarkets

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Making Sense of Voluntary Action
The voluntary carbon market has more than doubled in volume over the last three years as the private sector rapidly steps up its climate ambition. But as the market evolves in response to this growing demand, it also faces new challenges as it transitions into the Paris Agreement era. This session will tackle some of the big issues facing the market, such as how it maintains quality and integrity whilst increasing in size, and how it will be regulated in the coming years.

Rene Velasquez, Head of Global Carbon – CBL Markets

Eli Mitchell-Larson, Senior Researcher, Environmental Change Institute – University of Oxford
Edit Kiss, Investment and Development Director- Mirova Natural Capital
Paz Nachon, Head of Climate Action – Vertis
Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action- UNFCCC

Closing Armchair Leaders Dialogue

Dirk Forrister, President & CEO – IETA

Nuno Lacasta, CEO – Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) & Presidency of the Council of the European Union (January – June 2021)

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Why Attend

Your Benefits

  • Position yourself as a Leader alongside those driving Europe’s transition to a low carbon economy in a post-Paris world
  • Access European Businesses and Government Leaders
  • Influence the Transition to a Low Carbon World
  • Optimise Your Growth Strategy
  • Invest in Emissions Reductions
  • Manage Climate Risks
  • Deploy Low Carbon Technologies at Scale
  • Acquire and Develop Knowledge
  • Share Experiences and Best Practices
  • Promote Your Organisation
  • Increase Your Network

Key Thematic Areas

Experience with carbon markets in Europe runs deep.  It is a world leader in climate action, designing policies and programs to adapt to changing market dynamics. 2020 and beyond heralds new territory for the market with new regulations and uncertainties, links to new markets and sectors, and funds to drive green recovery, innovation and technology.

This special Virtual Deep Dive edition will discuss and analyse key developments in carbon markets and emissions trading, green recovery and finance, industry decarbonisation and energy transition. It offers valuable opportunities to interact with a variety of experts on how climate change is affecting their businesses, what the major challenges are and what solutions should be implemented. Discuss, debate and network with climate leaders from across the continent.


The European Climate Summit brings together business leaders from energy, industry and transport, investors, traders, analysts, lawyers and project developers, along with legislators and government representatives. Media and news agents, as well as academia will also be present.

It offers valuable opportunities to interact with a variety of experts on how climate change is affecting their businesses, what the major challenges are and what solutions should be implemented. Discuss, debate and network with climate leaders from across the continent.


    Summit Program:
    Lisa Spafford, Managing Director, IETA, spafford@ieta.org

    Partnership, Sponsorship & Delegate Registration:
    Awa Kaba-Antille antille@ieta.org
    Phone: +41 22 737 05 00