ARB Research Seminar

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UK Experience in Developing National Climate Change Policy

Martin Nesbit, Jill Duggan, Clare Penrose, and Tom Corcut of the United Kindom Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra)

November 15, 2006
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA



The UK Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) was launched in March of 2002 as the world's first economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme and runs until December of 2006. Officials from the United Kingdom Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will present an overview of the components of the UK ETS as well as their experiences with the European Union trading scheme. Issues to be covered include challenges encountered during development; design aspects such as coverage, allocation, and offsets; market performance; institutional arrangements and potential linkage opportunities; and the international carbon market of Kyoto protocol CDM and JI offset projects.

Speaker Biography

Martin Nesbit has been a civil servant for 15 years. He has been the head of National Climate Change Policy in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs since June 2006. His Division is responsible for emissions trading, climate change agreements, and coordination of the UK's climate change programme. In his earlier career, he has worked in Brussels twice, the first time working for the European Commissioner in charge of regional policy, and the second time at the UK's permanent representation from 1998 to 2002, in charge of negotiations on environmental legislation. Previous domestic policy posts have included housing policy, waste management (including implementation of the EU landfill directive, and more recently responsibility for UK policy on the rural development and agri-environment parts of the European Common Agricultural Policy). He has a Diplôme d'Administration Publique from the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in France.

Jill Duggan has extensive experience and knowledge of Emissions Trading. She has led the development of UK policy for the 2nd Phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. She also headed the team developing the UK software for the Emissions Trading Registry - which has now been licensed to 17 states in Europe. Prior to this Jill headed the team that was responsible for the voluntary UK Emissions Trading Scheme which has been running since 2002.

Clare Penrose is currently on secondment from the State Government of Victoria, Australia to the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). During her time at Defra, Clare has been working on international linkages to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. In Australia, Clare worked on the development of the Victorian Government's Greenhouse Strategy, the State's program for addressing climate change in Victoria. Most recently, she has been a member of the Australian State and Territory National Emissions Trading Taskforce, which has been charged with designing a potential national emissions trading scheme.

Tom Corcut is an Economic advisor on climate change and flexible mechanisms in the department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). He has been an government economist since completing an MSc in Economics. During this time in he has worked for several government departments and has worked extensively on climate change. Mr. Corcut spent a year working in the department for Transport where he modeled the CO2 affects of surface access transport and aviation. Prior to undertaking his current position Mr. Corcut worked at HM Treasury in the Productivity team where his principal role was a long term strategic look at sustainable prosperity, which include looking at the impacts of climate change on the ability to generate wealth.

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