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  • November 14, 2022 9:32 AM | Lauren LeMunyan (Administrator)

    Environmental Markets Association Annual Meeting a Success, Organization Poised for Growth to Meet Challenges Ahead

    The Environmental Markets Association recently held its annual meeting in person for the first time in three years, and JLN interviewed the EMA chairman, Jack Velasquez, about the meeting, the EMA and its plans.

    Velasquez talked about how the EMA promotes market based solutions for environmental problems and seeks to decarbonize the economy. 

    He mentioned that the EMA was lucky to get a terrific keynote speaker in Kathleen Barrón, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Constellation. 

    He said it was great for the EMA to meet in person and the organization had a lot of energy at the conference, with a record 165 people in attendance. 

    The agenda featured the usual panels and keynotes about environmental products, but it also featured a deep dive into what the next generation of environmental markets is going to look like, Velasquez said. The market of the future is going to feature a 24/7 model where customers can really match their energy needs to the market, down to the minute. 

    The EMA has traditionally attracted trading firms, law firms, government officials and policymakers. Velasquez would like to see more corporate participation from universities as well. 

    Velasquez spoke about his plans for the organization in his role as chairman, having been re-elected at the meeting. He said he wants to get more people involved, especially from corporations, universities and law firms. There are challenges for environmental markets from those who are unbelievers in market based solutions, and he wants people who can help get the market message out.

  • October 13, 2022 12:27 PM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    [October 13, 2022, Washington, DC] The Environmental Markets Association (EMA) is proud to announce the re-election of Jack Velasquez of Marex Spectron and Laura Duklewski of Constellation. The two Board members were selected in an uncontested nomination process.

    Mr. Velasquez and Ms. Duklewski join a robust roster of industry professionals on the Board including Christian Hofer of Sol Systems, Stephen McComb of IncubEx, Sean Barwin of CBL Markets, Ken Nelson of Blue Delta Energy and Lance Titus of Uniper.

    During the in-person Board Meeting following the 26th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, the Board unanimously voted for the following officers:

    Chairman, Jack Velasquez

    Vice Chairman, Christian Hofer

    Treasurer, Stephen McComb

    The Board welcomes ideas, input, and participation from the membership through the three volunteer-led EMA committees: EventsMarket PrinciplesPolicy Advocacy


    About EMA

    The Environmental Markets Association is a 26-year-old pro-environment, pro-business, pro-competitive markets industry trade association with a mission to promote open, competitive and tradable market-based solutions to solve environmental challenges while simultaneously supporting sustainable economic development. EMA does this through education, advocacy, and networking opportunities for its members and the public. Learn more and join today at

  • October 05, 2022 11:02 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    [Washington, DC - October 5, 2022] - On October 3, 2022, The Environmental Markets Association welcomed its highest attendance in 15 years to Baltimore, MD for their 26th Annual Meeting. Participants from all sides of environmental markets convened at The Baltimore Waterfront Marriott for three days of networking, idea sharing and learning.

    EMA Chairman Jack Velasquez of Marex Spectron kicked off the meeting with insight and inspiration in his opening remarks:

    EMA is not the new kid on the block. We have a deep and rich twenty-six year history with our members. We know this market best. We helped design a lot of these markets by either working with policymakers, or working with program administrators. EMA is in a unique and integral position to unify and amplify our voices with our marketing principles and expertise.

    The need for education is greater now than ever before. EMA is all about our mission - to promote market-based solutions to help combat our environmental challenges. We strive to achieve this through sound public policy, industry best practices, effective education and training. And finally, we promote member collaboration. Even though we know how to have a good time, EMA and its members take our mission seriously. 

    There are massive advantages to well designed, policy driven environmental models. They are accountable. They are enforceable, and their success is proven. 

    Look at the growth of renewable generation. Over the course of the last 26 years, there were a few megawatts of California futures. Look at some of our cap and trade programs. CCA is and RGGI, it's a success, and it's going to continue to get more success and we are going to lower our emissions. 

    That's what it's all about. It's not just the environmental benefits. There are massive social benefits, like job creation, thanks to the IRA. We're going to have a lot more work in domestic manufacturing right here in the United States of America. We're gonna bring it back, it's going to help our economy. 

    Overall, the list goes on and on. The future is incredibly bright and we want you to have a role in EMA. Let's promote this mission and use the association as a platform to have your voice heard. And whether you're an energy trader or a broker, an academic or a policymaker, a sustainability officer working at a corporation, the EMA can equip you with the right market principles that will guide you in your mission and promote a properly well designed environment. It's really that simple. And this is how we're going to achieve a clean and reliable energy infrastructure.

    The energy and engagement continued over the next two days with open and lively discussions on Voluntary and Compliance RECs, Voluntary and Compliance Carbon, LCFS, and 24/7.

    Speakers included experts from the following organizations Constellation, LS Power, Lightsource bp, Intercontinental Exchange, 3Degrees, Center for Resource Solutions, STX, IETA, IncubEx, TransAlta, ClearBlue Markets, Mercuria, Verra, S&P Global Platts, WM, SRECTrade, M-RETs, Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, AES, CEBI, WattTime, and LevelTen

    Click here to listen to the audio of The Opening Remarks.

    EMA members now have access to the recordings from the full event at the following link: 2022 EMA Recordings.

  • June 20, 2022 1:46 PM | Lauren LeMunyan (Administrator)

    On June 17, 2022, EMA submitted comments and input on the Proposed Rule related to enhanced environmental, social, and  governance (“ESG”) disclosures for publicly traded corporations.

    To view the full submission to SEC, click here.

    To view additional comments submitted by EMA's Policy Advocacy Committee, click here. 

  • April 26, 2022 6:48 AM | Lauren LeMunyan (Administrator)

    (Washington, DC) April 26, 2022 — The Environmental Markets Association (EMA) is proud to announce that the 26th Annual Meeting will be held on October 2-4, 2022, at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Following a hybrid offering of the Annual Meeting in 2021 in Austin, TX and a virtual-only option in 2020, the EMA Board is eager to get members and industry professionals together and will host regional Market Mixers leading up to the Annual Meeting.

    "The growth and groundswell we've seen in Carbon, RECs, and LCFS has been tremendous, and we can't wait to get members back together in person for our 26th Annual Meeting," said EMA Board Chairperson, Jack Velasquez of Marex Spectron. 

    He continued, "This event is the perfect opportunity to bring the industry together with policymakers to learn about upcoming trends, changes, and technologies impacting environmental markets. If you want to be a part of the conversation, EMA '22 is where you need to be."

    Recently appointed EMA Board Director, Laura Duklewski of Constellation shared, "Baltimore is excited to welcome EMA's 26th Annual Meeting. With a super convenient location, amazing water views, and great food options, we knew this was the perfect spot for EMA members to network, learn and connect."

    For more information on registration, hotel, and sponsorship opportunities for the Annual Meeting please visit: 

  • April 04, 2022 2:53 PM | Deleted user

    M-RETS is in an exciting and inspiring season of growth. Earlier this week, they announced a new multi-year agreement with Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) to move the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS) to the M-RETS tracking platform. This means that the M-RETS platform will power more compliance and voluntary markets than any other registry in North America.

    WREGIS and M-RETS have a shared vision to support renewable energy certificate (REC) markets. Partnerships like these will drive greater decarbonization in our economy. 

    Read More Here.

  • March 03, 2022 11:26 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    ATLANTA & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), a leading global provider of data, technology and market infrastructure, today reported February 2022 trading volume and related revenue statistics.

    It can be viewed on the company’s investor relations website at in the Monthly Statistics Tracking spreadsheet.

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  • March 01, 2022 8:13 AM | Lauren LeMunyan (Administrator)

    Caterina Caramaschi, global head of equity derivatives at ICE, said environmental, social and governance futures have huge growth potential as the global notional open interest is only approximately $7bn.

    Caramaschi told Markets Media the open interest of ESG futures is still small compared to the notional open interest of the parent index futures contracts.

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  • February 22, 2022 11:03 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    NEW YORK & ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE), a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses and provider of mortgage technology, data and listings services, announced today that it is making a strategic investment in tZERO, a leader in blockchain innovation and liquidity for digital assets. In connection with ICE’s investment in tZERO, David Goone, a longtime member of ICE’s management team and currently ICE’s Chief Strategy Officer, will join tZERO as its next Chief Executive Officer and will serve on tZERO’s Board of Directors.

    Goone, who joined ICE in 2001, will continue to serve ICE and its Chairman and CEO, Jeff Sprecher, in a consulting capacity.

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  • February 16, 2022 11:20 AM | EMA Staff (Administrator)

    WASHINGTONFeb. 16, 2022/PRNewswire/ -- GTI, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and S&P Global Platts today launched the Open Hydrogen Initiative (OHI), a new collaboration to further transparency into the environmental impact of hydrogen production and help unlock its full potential as an important driver of energy transitions.

    There is a high degree of variability in the carbon intensity of hydrogen production, even using the same technologies or pathways. Precise measurements of hydrogen's carbon intensity at the production facility (also known as the asset level) are needed to more accurately reflect the environmental bona fides of a given kilogram of hydrogen produced and overcome the limitations of the "color-wheel" labeling model. An apples-to-apples comparison of hydrogen production carbon intensity would hold benefits for stakeholders throughout the value chain—producers, users, engineers, academia, market participants, investors and policymakers. 

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