Past Seminar

Carbon Pricing in North America: Leading a New Era of Climate Policy

Sep 16, 2016 Resources for the Future, 1616 P St. NW, Washington, DC, 20036

About the Event

Carbon pricing policies are prominent among federal-, state-, and provincial-level strategies for reducing emissions in North America. Such strategies are evolving at a rapid pace, and discussions are evolving around opportunities for cross-border collaboration on pricing. At this RFF seminar, experts provided the latest updates on carbon pricing developments in the three nations:

  • Canada, where provinces have led but the federal government is seeking to develop its own policy;
  • Mexico, where a carbon tax has been in place since 2014 but an emissions trading system has recently been announced; and
  • the United States, where carbon markets exist in a few states (such as California), where more markets might emerge under the Clean Power Plan, and where a federal carbon tax continues to be debated.



  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Raymond J. Kopp, Vice President for Energy and Climate; and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Rachel McCormick, Counselor and Program Manager for Energy and Environment, Embassy of Canada
  • Carlos Muñoz Piña, Lecturer, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México