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About EMA’s 25th Annual Meeting 

EMA's 25th Annual Meeting is the intersection of business, markets and policy for the promotion and advancement of environmental markets.  

Since 1997, EMA has been bringing together market makers, traders, developers, brokers, academics, and policy makers to elevate the conversations, strategies and decisions around environmental markets. EMA is known for creating an inclusive, open, and respectful space to challenge, learn, and expand the market. Hear from subject matter experts, corporate leaders, and innovators in the industry over two days of dynamic sessions.  

EMA's 25th Annual Meeting will be held on October 12 & 13, 2021 virtually with an option to participate in person from The Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX.

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Watch the Meeting from The Driskill Hotel in Austin, TX

$495 EMA Member/$995 Non-Member


Due to corporate policy travel constraints for most of our speakers, we will be hosting an in-person viewing option for a limited number of attendees. 

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This meeting will be broadcast virtually with the option to view in-person at The Driskill Hotel on October 12th and 13th.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

10:00am - 10:15am Central

Welcome & Opening Remarks (15 minutes)

·       EMA Board Chair, Jack Velasquez, Marex Spectron

10:15am - 11:00am Central 

Net Zero to Negative: How Big Tech Is Pushing Into The Next Frontier Forum (45 minutes)

When you are Google and Microsoft, you think big. Hear how these tech giants are going well beyond the popular climate pledges to set new carbon standards.  Google is pushing for 24/7 carbon-free energy while Microsoft is going carbon negative.  What will it really take for these global companies and what will be the role of environmental markets to get there? Sometimes it takes negative thinking, 24/7. 

·      Maud Texier, Head of Energy Development, Google

·      Brian Rybarik, Director, Energy Markets,  Microsoft

11:00am - 11:15am Central 
Breaking Down the Complexities of Hourly REC Markets  (15 minutes)

As corporates and even some governments look at a 24/7 renewable market, how will the existing market evolve to meet these demands. M-RETS was the first REC tracking system to complete an hourly retirement in collaboration with Google, and this discussion will explore hourly RECs as well as thoughts on clean peak standards and other programs that rely on more granular market data.

·       Ben Gerber, M-RETS

11:15am - 11:30am Central 

EMA 2.0: New Value Proposition and Vision (15 Minutes)

Learn About EMA’s New Vision and How Our Members are Moving Environmental Markets Forward

  • Christian Hofer, Sol Systems
  • Lauren LeMunyan, EMA

11:30am Central

Networking Lunch 

1:30pm - 2:30pm Central

The Great REConing: How RECs are Emerging (60 minutes)

As states and companies get more aggressive on renewable targets, compliance and voluntary REC markets are showing unprecedented growth. Our panel of RECsperts will explore these ever-changing markets and what is driving them today and, in the year, ahead. Just how big can RECs get?

  • Moderator: Jack Velasquez, MarexSpectron
  • Ali Shajrawi, Manager Environmental Markets & Trading, LS Power
  • Michael Leschke, Director, Certification Programs, Center for Resource Solutions
  • Michael Enger, City of Austin 

2:30pm - 2:45pm Central

Networking Break

2:45pm - 3:00pm Central

State of the Voluntary Carbon Offset Markets

  • Stephen Donofiro, Director, Ecosystem Marketplace

3:00pm - 3:30pm Central

Updates in Offshore Wind & What it Means for the Market (30 minutes)

  • Moderator: Joe Roenbeck, PSEG Energy Resources & Trade
  • Kate Gerlach, Director - Offshore Wind Development, PSEG
  • Brendan Kelly, Managing Partner, EnerKnol

4:00pm - 5:30pm Central

Networking Reception Sponsored by: 

(In-Person Only, Must be Registered to Attend)

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

9:30am - 10:00am Central

The Mechanics of Digital Natural Gas and the Methane Performance Certificate

The market for responsibly sourced fuels is growing.  New standards, improved GHG measurement, and evolving best practices now enable producers to issue digital assets, including Digital Natural Gas, that precisely quantify the environmental impact of their production methods and facilities, including methane emissions intensity, other GHG attributes, and water usage. This presentation will review the mechanics of Digital Natural Gas (including the Methane Performance Certificate) and provide practical insights gleaned from producers, marketers, and utilities involved in recent transactions.  

  • Bob Shults, Head of North American Markets, Xpansiv 

10:00am - 11:00am Central

Summer Of Fun:  Carbon Markets Drivers and Dives (60 minutes)

This past summer, North American carbon markets were on a tear. CCAs, RGGI and Voluntary Carbon markets not only posted record prices but attracted new, influential participants as well.  Our panelists will dissect and debate the who, what, why and where of carbon markets.  What role will policy play? What's next for compliance and voluntary carbon markets? What impacts might EUAs have on North American carbon? And just who or what could sink these markets in the coming months?

  • Moderator: Jim Kharouf, IncubEx
  • Stephanie Harris, Director Carbon Markets, 3Degrees
  • Scobie Mackay, Macquarie
  • Matt Lithgow, Carbon Pulse
  • Adam Raphaely, Mercuria

11:00am - 11:15am Central

Networking Break (15 minutes)

11:15am  - 12:15pm Central

Page Turner: Writing the Renewable Fuels Thriller (60 minutes)

Like every good suspense novel, renewable fuels markets are full of promise, politics, conflict and potential. Our panel of renewable fuels experts will provide an in-depth examination of what is happening at the state level in California, Oregon and soon enough in Washington, and contrast that with the topsy-turvy EPA markets. What is next for the West Coast LCFS markets and might we see the beginnings of a regional market? What policy moves will the EPA make in the near-term? And is there a national LCFS program taking shape? How might the EV trend impact all of this? This is a story with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Moderator: Jessica Dell, Bureau Chief, US West Coast and Senior Emissions Editor, Argus Media
  • Natasha Beilstein, Manager of Renewable Fuels Market, WM Renewable Energy
  • Graham Noyes, Executive Director, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition
  • Jennifer McIsaac, ClearBlue Markets 


As a sponsor of this event, your financial support enables EMA to better serve its members and the environmental markets industry while promoting your brand to key decision makers.

Annual Meeting Sponsors receive the following benefits:

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Please review the detailed list of sponsorship levels and associated benefits including complimentary passes and specific events. Reach out to Lauren LeMunyan at 202-446-1641 or for questions and to reserve your level.

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