ABOUT IETA

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) is a nonprofit business organization created in June 1999 to establish a functional international framework for trading in greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Our membership includes leading international companies from across the carbon trading cycle. IETA members seek to develop an emissions trading regime that results in real and verifiable greenhouse gas emission reductions, while balancing economic efficiency with environmental integrity and social equity.s

Our 2017 Priorities

As nations implement action plans for the Paris Agreement, IETA will advance emissions markets that price carbon effectively.
We will improve the credibility and functionality of today’s carbon markets.
  • In Europe, IETA will support the EU emissions trading system (ETS) as the central policy instrument of the 2030 Climate and Energy package. We will highlight the importance of efficient functioning of the market, with predictable rules, greater policy coordination and appropriate measures to address ETS impacts on trade-­‐ exposed sectors. We will influence the changes of the rules for Phase 4, including issues related to the surplus, market oversight, auctioning, registries and aviation. We will form a vision on longer-­‐term strategic issues, such as extending the scope of the ETS, investment incentives for low-­‐carbon technologies and use of markets to meet the EU’s rising ambitions.
  • In North America, IETA will advocate improvements in trading and offset systems across federal, state and provincial policies. With states, we will champion “best practices” from existing programs (e.g., WCI, RGGI, Alberta, BC) in 2016 program reviews and regulatory amendments. We will seek opportunities under the US Clean Power Plan and federal trading rule to advance multi-­‐state regional trading systems. In Canada, we will urge provinces to better align existing trading and offset programs. We will work closely with Canada’s Federal Government to achieve its climate ambitions using carbon pricing – and in close collaboration with provinces and business.
  • In China, IETA will increase its engagement with the appointment of a China Representative. We will offer support to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and other ministries as China launches a national ETS in 2017, offering our expertise on market design and operation. We will encourage a smooth transition from the seven pilots to a national system. We will urge that the national ETS be built with an eye to future international linkages, with openness to international market participants
We will promote quality, efficiency and effectiveness in future carbon markets
We will provide leadership and development opportunities for carbon crediting and offsetting

We will promote effective linkages between carbon pricing systems over time.

We will support effective models of private sector engagement in climate finance.

We will showcase the power of markets in addressing climate change.

Download our full IETA Priorities document.

Our Team

Our staff is comprised of a vast array of public policy experts and professionals.



Dirk Forrister

President and Chief Executive Officer
London, United Kingdom



Sophy Greenhalgh

International Director – REDD+, Aviation & Voluntary Markets.
Bristol, United Kingdom



Katie Sullivan

Managing Director
Toronto, Canada


Jeff Swartz

Managing Director
London, United Kingdom



Lisa Spafford

Managing Director

Geneva, Switzerland



Stefano De Clara

Director, International Policy
Brussels, Belgium



Julia Michalak

Director, EU Policy
Brussels, Belgium



Tom Lawler

Washington Representative
Washington, D.C., USA



Katie Kouchakji

Communications Advisor
London, United Kingdom



Simon Henry

Director ICROA & Voluntary Markets
Geneva, Switzerland



Min Li

China Representative
Beijing, China



Stephanie Olegario

Operations, IT, Membership
Toronto, Canada

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