• 07 Dec 2021
  • 08 Dec 2021
  • 1:30 PM
  • Virtual Event


Keeping up with Environmental Markets Development 

IETA is delighted to announce the 2021Virtual Edition of our EUROPEAN CLIMATE SUMMIT, taking place December 7th and 8th 2021.

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. 2021 and beyond heralds new territory for the market with new regulations and uncertainties, links to new markets and sectors, and funds to drive green recovery, innovation and technology. This edition will look at the future of emissions trading in Europe, and aligning the EU ETS with Net-Zero.

This edition will bring together leading climate and energy practitioners, industrials, carbon traders, analysts, regulators, 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.


13:00     13:15 Welcome & Opening

Opening Roundtable looking at ‘Highlights & Concerns for Europe’

Welcome Remarks: Dirk Forrister, President & CEO – IETA


  • James Cameron, COP26 Advisor, Senior Advisor  Pollination & IETA Fellow
  • Karen Degouve, Head of Sustainable Business Development – Natixis & IETA Fellow

13:15     14:15     Aligning the EU ETS with -55%

Join a panel of senior experts and policymakers to consider the critical issues for the EU ETS file as it proceeds to the co-decision and negotiation stage.  

Moderator: Adam Berman, European Policy Director – IETA


  • Stefanie Hiesinger, Member of Cabinet of the Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans  European Commission
  • Erik Filipsson, Senior Policy Advisor  Vattenfall
  • Sabine Frank, Director  Carbon Market Watch

14:30     15:15     Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism: From Proposal to Implementation

Join the discussion about EU’s CBAM proposal that spurred sudden interest in carbon pricing among numerous EU’s trading partners, long before its implementation.

Moderator: Julia Michalak, Senior Advisor, EU Climate Policy – IETA


  • Vicente Hurtado Roa, Head of Unit, DG TAXUD – European Commission
  • Cillian o'Donoghue, Energy & Climate Change Director – Eurometaux
  • Sanna Markkanen, Research Programme Lead and Senior Analyst – Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

15:30     16:00     In Conversation with Jytte Guteland, European Parliament

Jytte Guteland MEP, Shadow EU ETS Rapporteur, discusses her views on EU ETS reform and what to expect from the European Parliament in the coming months.

Facilitator: Adam Berman, European Policy Director – IETA


  • Jytte Guteland, Member of the European Parliament  Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

16:15     16:45     ETS Linkage: Prospects for International Cooperation

After the successful linkage agreement between the EU and Swiss ETS, this Deep Dive will discuss the future of market linkages across the world and their role in achieving Net-Zero.

Moderator: Stefano De Clara, Head of Secretariat  International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)


  • Hannah Lewis, Head of Emissions Trading Policy  UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Peter Vis, Senior Research Associate – European University Institute in Florence Senior Adviser & Senior Advisor – Rud Pedersen Public Affairs

17:00     17:30     In Conversation with Peter Liese, European Parliament

Peter Liese MEP, EU ETS Rapporteur, discusses his views on EU ETS reform and what to expect from the European Parliament in the coming months.  

Facilitator: Kavita Ahluwalia, Vice-President & Head of Global Positioning – Uniper


  • Peter Liese, Member and Coordinator in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety  European People Party, European Parliament

17:45     18:25     COP26 Reflections: The Role of Carbon Pricing Globally

Only a month after COP26, join this discussion about how the role of carbon pricing was discussed in Glasgow – is carbon pricing expanding or declining?  

Moderator: Dirk Forrister, President & CEO  IETA

Keynote Address: Lord Barker, Co-Chair  Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) & Executive Chairman  En+ Group


  • Andrei Marcu, Director – ERCST
  • Lisa DeMarco, Senior Partner & CEO  Resilient 

18:25     18:30     Day 1 Wrap Up 

Comments by: Dirk Forrister, President & CEO - IETA



9:00       9:15       Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Welcome & Framing Remarks: Julia Michalak, Senior Advisor, EU Climate Policy – IETA 

9:15       10:15     Analysts Roundtable: How Resilient is the EU ETS?

Leading carbon analysts will discuss how the EU ETS resilience was recent tested with Brexit, COVID-19 pandemic, and recently gas crisis and what does it mean for the future of the EU’s carbon market.

Moderator: Ben Garside, Director & Co-Founder  Carbon Pulse


  • Ingvild Sorhus, Lead Analyst, EU Carbon Analysis – Refinitiv
  • Mark Lewis, Head of Climate Research – Andurand Capital 
  • Sebastian Rilling, Analyst EU Power & Carbon Markets – ICIS

10:30     11:00     In Conversation with Beatriz Yordi, European Commission

Beatriz Yordi, Director of European & International Carbon Markets at the European Commission, discusses the Commission’s proposal for EU ETS reform in the context of the upcoming co-decision process.

Facilitator: Christian EgenhoferAssociate Senior Research Fellow – CEPS & Senior Research Associate, School of Transnational Governance  European University Institute


  • Beatriz YordiDirector, European & International Carbon Markets, DG Climate Action – European Commission

11:15  12:15 Next Steps for Carbon Removals in the EU

As the EU aims to become climate neutral by 2050, design of policies for negative emissions became a hot issue. Join the discussion about recognition of carbon removals in the EU regulatory framework 2030 and beyond.

Moderator: Kate Abnett, European Climate and Energy Correspondent – Reuters


  • Christian Holzleitner, Head of Unit, DG Climate Action  European Commission
  • Pascal Siegwart, Vice-President, Carbon Markets & Economy  TOTALENERGIES
  • Helen Bray, European Policy Director  Carbon Engineering
  • Keith Whiriskey, Deputy Director, Europe  Bellona Europa

12:30     12:45     In Conversation with Peter Reitz, European Energy Exchange (EEX)

Join this conversation discussing the German nEHS in the context of Commission’s proposal to establish a new ETS for road transport and heating.

Moderator: Dirk Forrister, President & CEO – IETA


  • Peter Reitz, CEO  European Energy Exchange (EEX)

12:45     13:25     What Does Article 6 Mean for Europe?

Moderator: Eve Tamme, Founder & Managing Director  Climate Principles


  • Martin Hession, International Carbon Markets Policy and Negotiations, DG CLIMA  European Commission
  • Andrea Bonzanni, Director International Policy  IETA
  • Katerina Kolaciova, Director – Strive, Vertis Environmental Finance

13:25     13:30     Closing 

Facilitator: Adam Berman, European Policy Director – IETA

Closing Remarks: Enric Arderiu, Global Head of Environmental Products – Mercuria Energy Trading & Vice-Chair – IETA Council


For information about speaking, hosting your own session, and partner sponsor opportunities, contact Lisa

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