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

Ben Lilliston   Renata Brillinger and Katie Merritt
April 22, 2015

AgricultureCarbon MarketsSustainable Agriculture

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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.