European Climate Summit (ECS 2020): Virtual Deep Dive

  • 15 Dec 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Virtual Event

IETA is delighted to announce the special 2020 edition of our EUROPEAN CLIMATE SUMMIT! Attendance is FREE of charge.

European Climate Summit Guide available here

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. This special Virtual Deep Dive edition, will bring together leading climate and energy practitioners to 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.



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


*Welcome & Opening Addresses and Vision 2050 – IETA 2020 GHG Market Report Launch

Registrations HERE


09:00 – 09:10am             Welcome & Opening Addresses

By Jonathan Grant, Chair – IETA Council

09:10 – 10:15am              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

Moderator: 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, Partner - Baker & McKenzie


*In Conversation with Analysts: The MSR – From COVID-19 to Net-Zero

10:30 – 11:15am CET 

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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.

Moderator: Mike Szabo, Director - Carbon Pulse


                Emily Jackson, EU Power and Carbon Analyst - Bloomberg New Energy Finance

                Haege Fjellheim, Head of Carbon Research - Refinitiv

                Marcus Ferdinand, Head of European Power & Carbon Analytics - ICIS


*Negative Emissions in the EU – From Zero to Hero

11:30am – 12:30pm CET 

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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.

Moderator: 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


*Roundtable on International Cooperation: ETS and Prospects for Linking

12:45 – 01:45pm CET

 Registrations HERE


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.

Moderator: Andrei Marcu, Founder & Director - ERCST

Scene Setter Presentation: Constanze Haug, Senior Advisor - ICAP


                Jos Delbeke, European Investment Bank Chair on Climate Change Policy and International Carbon Markets - 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 – ClearBlue Markets


*Making Sense of Voluntary Action

02:00 – 03:00pm CET

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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.

Moderator: Rene Velasquez, Head of Global Carbon - CBL Markets


                Eli Mitchell-Larson, Senior Researcher, Environmental Change Institute - University of Oxford

                Edit Kiss, Investment and Deelopment Director - Mirova Natural Capital

                Paz Nachon, Head of Climate Action - Vertis

                Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action - UNFCCC


*Closing Armchair Leaders Dialogue

03:00 – 03:30pm CET

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Dirk Forrister, President & CEO – IETA


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