Dirk Forrister

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dirk Forrister is President and CEO of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), a non-profit business association dedicated to market-based climate policies. With 200 member companies, IETA is respected globally as a thought leader on harnessing the power of markets to deliver climate protection. Dirk spent a decade as Managing Director at Natsource LLC, the manager of carbon funds valued at $1.2 billion. Previously, he served as Chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force in the Clinton Administration and was Assistant U.S. Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Public Affairs. 

Sessions With Dirk Forrister

Thursday, 10 March

  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 09:00 pm - 10/mar/2022 09:30 pm

    Carbon Markets: Working with offsets

    Presentation Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Many companies are relying on relying on carbon offsets to meet their decarbonization plans. The regulatory treatment of carbon offsets and the penalties or incentives applied to emissions performance is therefore critical to companies and to the fight against climate change overall. This session will address some key regulatory concerns with respect to the utilities sector, such as:

    · Are customers getting what they are paying for, i.e., are carbon offsets additive, measurable and verifiable? What is the industry doing to examine the quality of offsets ?

    · What is the relationship of carbon offsets to a carbon tax?

    · What role do offset play in the utilities sector or in the natural gas sector?

    · What needs to be done for regulated utilities to rely on a forward market for offsets?