In the absence of an international agreement that would create a truly global carbon market, state and national governments around the world are demonstrating leadership by establishing a network of emissions trading programs and exploring linkages under a series of unique multi- and bilateral agreements. In a cross-cutting panel discussion, international leaders will discuss their efforts and the prospects for these approaches to build a new global framework for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
Dirk Forrister is Incoming President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Previously, he was Principal and Founder of Forrister Advisory, independent consultancy specializing in climate change, clean air and clean energy policy and markets. Until late 2010, he was Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of one of the world’s largest carbon funds. Previously, Mr. Forrister served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration. His experience includes serving as Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs; Energy Program Manager at Environmental Defense Fund; and legislative counsel to Congressman Jim Cooper, the author of two early climate change laws. Forrister serves as an honorary Fellow with IETA, as well as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the American Carbon Registry.