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The California-Quebec Adventure: Linking Cap and Trade as a Path to Global Climate Action?

March 31, 2014 @ 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

A symposium on the recent linkage of the California and Quebec cap-and-trade programs and its implication for broader international climate cooperationClick here to RSVP for this event Click here for directions to this eventAt the beginning of this year, California and Quebec linked their greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programs.  This means that sources of greenhouse gases in each jurisdiction can trade emission allowances issued under either program.  This linkage represents a key step forward in developing international cooperative mechanisms to address climate change.  As a result, there is a lot at stake in making this program successful, and some important questions for how to do this remain to be answered.  What are the pitfalls to avoid going forward?  How can California and Quebec best coordinate the joint auctions scheduled later this year?  How can we further expand this program and encourage other regulators to create regional linkages?This symposium takes on these issues and other topics related to the California-Quebec linkage, featuring panels of academics and policymakers from the United States and Canada.SponsorsCanadian Studies at UCLA ProgramEmmett Center on Climate Change and the EnvironmentInstitute of the Environment and SustainabilityLuskin Center for InnovationCanadian Consulate in Los AngelesThe Government of QuebecThe California Air Resources Board 



Glen MacDonald, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Mr. James Villeneuve, Canadian Consul General (invited)
Alain Houde, Head of Post, Quebec Delegation in LA (invited)


​Keynote Panel: The Past, Present and Future of the
California/Quebec Linkages
Mary Nichols, California Air Resource Board Chairman
Yves-François Blanchet, Minister of the Sustainable Development Wildlife and
Parks (invited)

Keynote statements followed by questions from a faculty panel, then audience

Faculty panel:
Ann Carlson, UCLA School of Law
Matt Kahn, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Michael Jaccard, Simon Fraser University

​10:30am- Noon 

​The Economists Panel: What are the benefits of this
linkage?  What are its drawbacks, and how should we minimize them?
Matt Kahn, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
J.R. DeShazo, UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
Severin Bornstein, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné, Professor, Department of International Business,
HEC Montreal




​Law Panel: What implementation challenges is the linkage
creating?  How are they being addressed, and what more should be done?
Katherine Trisolini, Loyola Law School, Moderator
Michael Gibbs, California Air Resources Board
Jean-Yves Benoit, Director, Carbon Market Division, Climate Change Office,
JP Brisson, Latham & Watkins
Danny Cullenward, UC Berkeley


​“Building Blocks” Panel: Will the California/Quebec
linkage encourage other internationally linked climate programs?
Alex Wang, UCLA School of Law, moderator
Fran Pavley, State Senator and Author of AB 32
Mark Jaccard, Professor, School of Resources and Environmental Management,
Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
Erick Lachapelle, Assistant Professor, University of Montreal


​Summing Up
Ann Carlson and Matt Kahn


​Cocktail Reception


March 31, 2014
8:45 am - 4:45 pm


March 31, 2014
8:45 am - 4:45 pm