Proving that market-based initiatives are effective ways to manage emissions and incentivize participation, new carbon markets have launched around the world. This session will discuss the status and future direction of these markets.
Alexia Kelly is a Climate Change Mitigation Expert with the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Change in the Bureau of Oceans and International Scientific and Environmental Affairs. Ms. Kelly is the lead negotiator for the United States on market mechanisms to the UNFCCC and manages the State Department’s work on market readiness and low emissions development globally. She manages the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies program, a flagship effort under the President’s Global Climate Change Initiative for the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change. She also leads the U.S.’ work on the LEDS Global Partnership, a multilateral effort among 27 countries, organizations and NGOs to advance low emission development.
Prior to joining the State Department in 2010, Ms. Kelly was a Senior Associate in the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Climate and Energy Program. Alexia’s work at WRI focused on regional, federal and international greenhouse gas emissions trading. Prior to joining WRI, Ms. Kelly served as the Policy Program Manager at The Climate Trust, where she managed the organization’s policy engagement and initiatives. Ms. Kelly is also a faculty member of the Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, where she co-developed and instructed a course on greenhouse gas project accounting.
Ms. Kelly holds a B.A. in Planning, Public Policy and Management, a Master of Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Administration, from the University of Oregon.