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 Priorities

Since the road to Paris in 2015 offers vital opportunities to enshrine emissions trading as the world’s leading climate policy, we will support climate pricing by:
Enhancing the credibility and functionality of existing trading and offset systems
  • In Europe, advocate for cost-effective improvements in the EU Emissions Trading System, including the market stability reserve, clear long-term targets and improved policy harmonisation in the 2030 climate and energy policy package.
  • In North America, IETA will advocate for federal, state and provincial programmes to adopt flexible, market-based greenhouse gas controls.
  • In China, IETA will provide support to the seven pilot emissions trading systems - and to those working to advance a national trading system.
  • In emerging economies, we will work with the World Bank’s “PMR” (Partnership for Market Readiness) jurisdictions through IETA’s “B-PMR.”
Advocating linkages between emissions trading markets
Improving and promoting carbon offsetting

We will support innovation in climate change policies by:

Building and improving international offsets mechanisms

Encouraging mobilisation of private sector finance & investment to climate action

We will strive for excellence in quality metrics, communications and corporate leadership in addressing climate change

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

Currently on Maternity leave 
Bristol, United Kingdom



Katie Sullivan

Managing Director, Americas & Climate Finance
Toronto, Canada


Jeff Swartz

Managing Director, International Policy
London, United Kingdom



Tom Lawler

Washington Representative
Washington, D.C., USA



Stefano De Clara

Director, International Policy
Brussels, Belgium



Lisa Spafford

Managing Director, Geneva HQ & Strategic Partnerships

Geneva, Switzerland



Katie Kouchakji

Communications Advisor
London, United Kingdom



Simon Henry

Director ICROA & Voluntary Markets
London, United Kingdom


Min Li

China Representative
Beijing, China



Kimberlee McGenerty

Administration Manager
Toronto, Canada


Stephanie Olegario

Operations Manager
Toronto, Canada

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