Cap and Trade: How it Works, and How to Make it Work for Business

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

                                               View Cleve’s Slides in PDF

                         Jane Luckhardt, Partner, Downey Brand         

                                                View Jane’s Slides in PDF

                          Dr. John Faust, Senior Toxicologist, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

                                                View John’s Slides in PDF         

                         Brian Bateman, Health and Safety Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

                                                View Brian’s Slides in PDF


10:15-10:30 BREAK


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

                                                          View Allan’s Slides in PDF          

                         John Larrea, Director – Government Affairs, California League of Food Processors

                                                             View John’s Slides in PDF

                         Paul Spraycar, Director of Operations, EcoPartners

                                                              View Paul’s Slides in PDF

                         Tim O’Connor, Director – California Climate Initiative, Environmental Defense Fund

                                                             View Tim’s Slides in PDF




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