Workshop #1: Cap and Trade: How it Works, and How to Make it Work for Business
was held on
June 6, 2013
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
URS, 1333 Broadway, 8th Floor, Oakland, CA
Details of the event:
In order to comply with AB32, California has begun a cap and trade program as one strategy to meet its stated goals of greenhouse gas emission reductions. Businesses large and small are impacted by this program.
This workshop endeavors to answer such questions as:
- What is cap and trade and why is California pursuing it?
- What have we learned in the first year of auctions?
- How might it affect my operation financially and legally?
- How do we expect California’s Cap and Trade program to affect business, government and the economy within the next few years?
- How can affected business and industries try to reduce their costs?
- How can regulated business and industries continue to grow while complying with Cap and Trade?
- What is the role of Cap & Trade auction proceeds in improving the health of “Disadvantaged Communities”
- How do we measure success when it comes to Cap and Trade?
- From the regulatory and implementation perspective, is Cap and Trade working as it was intended?
- What challenges and opportunities will be confronted as we move forward in implementing this young, untried and untested system?
- What is the economic impact to households and unregulated businesses?
- What can I do to prepare?
Agenda and Event Power Points and Materials:
8:00 – 8:05
Said Salah-Mars, Vice President & Oakland Office Manager, URS
8:05 – 8:15
John Coleman, Executive Director, Bay Planning Coalition
Scott Warner, President, Bay Planning Coalition
8:15 – 8:45 Opening Address:
John Gioia, Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board (appointed)
8:45 – 10:15
Panel: Cap-and-Trade: The Legal, Scientific and Regulatory Perspective
Moderator: Christian Marsh, Partner, Downey Brand
Panelists: Cleve Livingston, Of Counsel, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel
Jane Luckhardt, Partner, Downey Brand
Dr. John Faust, Senior Toxicologist, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Brian Bateman, Health and Safety Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
10:30 – 12:00
Panel: Cap-and-Trade: The Economic Impacts
Moderator: Bryan Chen, Senior Environmental Engineer, ARCADIS US, Inc.
Panelists: Tiffany Roberts, Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, California Legislative Analyst’s Office
Allan Bedwell, Practice Leader for Climate Change and Renewable Energy, URS
John Larrea, Director – Government Affairs, California League of Food Processors
Paul Spraycar, Director of Operations, EcoPartners
Tim O’Connor, Director – California Climate Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund