Carbon Emission Credit Trading: Emerging Legal Complexities

Capitalizing on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Requirements

EPA's April 17 Endangerment Finding Paves Way for GHG Emissions Regulation

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Course Materials

This seminar will discuss the federal, state and regional actions regarding reduction of greenhouse gases, update the status and viability of carbon credit projects, and offer solutions to the complexities involved in carbon emissions trading.


The impact of climate change is top of mind for businesses worldwide. The U.S. has shifted from being the only industrialized country not committed to the Kyoto Protocol to emerging as a leader in the international climate effort. The U.S. is expected to participate in the next treaty negotiations.

Moreover, many state and local governments are creating their own programs to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs).

Companies that currently pursue GHG reduction or want to participate in such programs must understand the dynamic and evolving legal environment to take full advantage of the opportunities available.

Listen as our panel of environmental law attorneys examines the legal environment surrounding GHG reduction efforts, the complexities and advantages of emissions trading, and best practices to reduce such emissions and take advantage of the available business opportunities.



  1. Legal environment
    1. Federal legislative status — what’s around the road?
    2. Federal regulatory (EPA ANPR)
    3. Federal judicial
    4. States — regional/state action
    5. Implications (by industry sector)
    6. International
    7. Likely impact on carbon trading
  2. Emissions trading
    1. International (Kyoto Protocol/ETS)
    2. U.S. response
    3. Business response
  3. Carbon credit projects
    1. Overview of types of projects approved under the Kyoto Protocol
    2. Landfill gas
    3. Capturing flared natural gas
    4. Fuel switching
    5. Wind energy
    6. Hydropower
    7. Reforestation and avoided deforestation
    8. Carbon finance


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the legal and regulatory frameworks for GHG emission reduction programs in the United States and other parts of the world?
  • What are the best strategies for companies and counsel to understand the legal uncertainties involved in reducing emissions?
  • How can companies take advantage of the emerging opportunities for carbon trading to reduce overall GHG emissions?


Reed D. Rubinstein
Reed D. Rubinstein
Greenberg Traurig

He concentrates on environmental and administrative law and handles matters involving development, implementation, and...  |  Read More

Paul E. Gutermann
Paul E. Gutermann

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

He litigates cutting-edge issues arising under all the major statutes and negotiates environmental issues in corporate...  |  Read More

Gregory J. Casas
Gregory J. Casas

Greenberg Traurig

Mr. Casas focuses his practice in antitrust, complex business litigation, and energy and natural resources law....  |  Read More

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