National Carbon Pricing Summit: A Business Case for Action Washington, D.C., May 7-8, 2019

An Interactive and Engaging Forum with Multiple Points of View

“The 2018 Carbon Tax Forum in San Francisco featured the preeminent companies and organizations promoting a carbon fee as the most effective and efficient way to lower carbon emissions. The standing- room-only event, featured thought-provoking panel discussions and brought together the leaders of the rapidly growing community in favor of a direct price on carbon.”
—Greg Bertelsen, Climate Leadership Council, Carbon Tax Forum panelist

presented by Business Climate Leaders

Business leaders have a critical role to play, with many already realizing that a price on carbon is the best way to create greater certainty in their planning and operation. This engaging and inclusive event, presented by Business Climate Leaders (BCL), will include a full day of debate and discussion of various carbon tax policy options and look at carbon pricing that has been enacted to date and how it has worked. Day 2 takes place on Capitol Hill, where participants will meet in Congressional offices with lawmakers to discuss business impact and needed legislative actions.  The Summit builds on BCL’s groundbreaking Carbon Tax Forum held in September at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, which brought together leaders from around the world to Take Ambition to the Next Level.

Day 1 will feature interactive plenary and breakout sessions illuminating what’s needed to craft, pass and implement an effective, economically beneficial carbon tax. Speakers include business leaders, elected officials (federal and state), Capitol Hill senior staff, environmentalists, economists, advocates, labor unions and other stakeholders. The Summit is designed to be interactive, inclusive and engaging.  The Summit will host 300 attendees and promises to be a defining event in 2019.

For more information, contact us: summit@businessclimateleaders.org.

Day 1: Topics

  • Carbon Pricing Principles: What we agree about

  • Carbon Tax Anatomy 101: Initial price, price increases, GHGs covered, border carbon adjustments, and key provisions, like regulatory rollbacks, tort immunity and pay-fors

  • Analysis of Carbon Pricing Proposals

  • Concerns of Key Stakeholders: From frontline communities to displaced workers

  • What to Do with the Revenues Raised: Go neutral or positive?

  • The Political Landscape in Congress and Administration

  • Impact of Tax on Key Economic Sectors:  Transportation, power generation, agriculture, and other top industries

  • Environmental Regulations: What happens when a carbon tax is enacted?

  • State Level Carbon Tax Proposals

  • Effective Models of Corporate Advocacy

Day 1: Tuesday, May 7

7:30 am: REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30 am: WELCOME

8:40 am: KEYNOTE
Summit organizers are in discussion with several top business and policy leaders well known to those in the world of carbon pricing, but also recognized by those attending their first event on this topic.

9:00 am: PLENARY A: THE BIG PICTURE ‐ WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO PASS A NATIONAL CARBON PRICE?
Top policymakers and business executives talk about why putting a price on carbon taxes has become a focal point for addressing GHG emissions and combating climate change. They will lay out the mechanics of how a price/tax would be structured, the economic and environmental benefits and the political and social challenges facing the various proposals and policies.

10:30 am: NETWORKING BREAK

11:00 am: PLENARY B: STAKEHOLDER VOICES
The conversation about the case for pricing carbon will continue among a diverse set of stakeholders from across the political spectrum. The discussion will focus on how a carbon tax might impact low‐income communities, traditional energy industry workers, rural populations and other key economic sectors. Panelists will represent labor, social justice, small business, youth and other key constituencies.

12:30 pm: LUNCH

1:30 pm: AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS A & B
The afternoon program offers three breakout tracks, each including three panels. The nine sessions will feature over 30 speakers. The first six sessions occur before a networking break, followed by final three sessions.

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Session A

1. What’s the Right Price?
2. National Carbon Pricing Proposals
3. Business Opportunities

Session B

1. What to Do With the Revenue?
2. Key Stakeholders and Issues
3. The Global Picture for Carbon Pricing

3:30 pm: NETWORKING BREAK

4:00 pm: BREAKOUT

“We are experiencing huge economic losses due to climate change. But the Global Climate Action Summit has brought together actors demonstrating the vast opportunity afforded by climate action. They are betting on green because they understand this is the path to prosperity and peace on a healthy planet.”
UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Session C

1. State Level Carbon Pricing
2. The Political Road to Putting a Price on Carbon
3. Carbon Taxes and Complementary Measures

5:10 pm: PLENARY C: CALL TO ACTION: LEVERAGING THE VOICE OF BUSINESS
Many legislators say that to take bold action on climate, they need support from business leaders. We’ll discuss ways, both traditional and outside‐the‐box, that businesses can make the crucial difference in getting the U.S. to join the community of nations who are pricing carbon.

6:00 pm: RECEPTION and CLOSING REMARKS

Day 2: Meet with Members of Congress

American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is producing Day 2 on Capitol Hill. Meetings between Summit attendees and legislators will take place at Congressional offices throughout the day and will provide attendees the opportunity to have direct discussions with members of Congress on the workings of carbon pricing policy.

Day 2: Wednesday, May 8

Meetings in Capitol Hill offices will be scheduled to reflect both the geographic diversity of the Summit participants and acknowledgment of who the key congressional leaders on carbon pricing are. A packet, including a map of Capitol Hill, background information on carbon pricing, and details on how each legislator has voted and/or public statements they have made concerning carbon pricing, will be provided in advance to Summit attendees.

During the Hill meetings, participants will be encouraged to highlight the overall economic and environmental benefits that a carbon tax will produce. Business leaders will discuss the damages and risks that their business faces due to climate change, what they are doing in response, and what they would like legislators to do. If they wish, they may express support for specific legislation. Each group will be led by a person experienced in how Congress works and familiar with conducting Hill meetings.

Lunch in a congressional cafeteria or at a nearby venue offers an opportunity to debrief and prepare ready for the afternoon meetings. The Summit concludes with an informal reception.

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8:00 am: BREAKFAST and MEETING PREPARATION

9:30 am: CAPITOL HILL MEETINGS BEGIN

12:30 pm: BREAK for LUNCH on CAPITOL HILL

2:00 - 4:00 pm: AFTERNOON MEETINGS on CAPITOL HILL

6:00 pm: RECEPTION and CLOSING REMARKS