Carbon Markets and Agriculture: A U.S. and International Perspective

About the webinar

Carbon markets and cap-and-trade programs are increasingly being used as a mechanism to mitigate climate change by reducing net greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., there are already two large carbon markets in play—one in California, and one in the Northeast. There will likely be an expansion of U.S. carbon markets in the coming years as the Clean Power Plan is implemented. Internationally, the European Union has the world’s largest carbon market, and the United Nations has outlined rules and guidelines for carbon trading. Agriculture has the capacity to sequester—or emit—large amounts of carbon, and will therefore be greatly impacted by cap-and-trade and carbon markets.

On this webinar we will hear from two experts: Renata Brillinger, the Executive Director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network, and Ben Lilliston, Vice President of Programs at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Renata will share lessons learned from the current California cap-and-trade program and principles to improve the effectiveness and equity of carbon markets as they relate to agriculture. Ben will discuss international carbon markets and concerns for agriculture.

Presentation Slides


Renata Brillinger

California Climate and Agricultural Network (calCAN)

Renata Brillinger is the co-founder and executive director of the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) coalition, which is devoted to advancing public policies that advocate for and…

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Ben Lilliston

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Ben Lilliston has a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from University of Miami (Ohio). He previously served as IATP’s Communications Director and Vice President for Programs. He has worked as a…

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Katie Merritt

Wholesome Wave Foundation

Master of Public Health 2015 Candidate in Environmental and Occupational Health. After years of studying human health through multi-disciplinary lenses, Katie's knowledge ranges from sub-cellular…

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Posted April 22, 2015