Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Energy Initiative; Nicholas School Energy Club; Sustainable Duke; and the Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment

Carbon trading game night! Join us on Sept. 27 for an interactive Emissions Trading System (ETS) simulation by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Using the EDF CarbonSim tool, this session will help students, scholars, and other members of the Duke community gain valuable ETS experience in a risk-free, entertaining, and fast-paced learning environment. No prior experience with carbon markets is required to participate!

Registration is required.

The simulation highlights choices, provides a framework for decisions, and serves as a platform for experiments in emissions trading scenarios. Through the simulation, participants will learn how they can use an ETS to achieve environmental and economic outcomes, develop a carbon portfolio management strategy, minimize liabilities and capitalize on opportunities. They will also come to understand that choices made by both policymakers and industries are shaped by the design and administration of the ETS.

CarbonSim is a multi-user, artificial intelligence-enhanced, state of the art simulation tool. It can be played in four different languages and a half dozen currencies. It can be used to both train stakeholders and run “what if” ETS design scenarios. CarbonSim has been tested and improved with the help of more than 1800 players from China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh, Korea, Mexico, the EU, and the United States.


4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Introduction to CarbonSim
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: ETS Simulation Exercise
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Discussion on ETS Simulation Exercise Results


Josh Margolis is Managing Director, Environmental Markets, China Program, at EDF. An emissions trading expert with extensive private and public sector experience, Josh is a principal in EDF’s efforts to support the development of ETS programs in China. In this capacity, he has provided training to enterprises and ETS policy-makers from the NDRC, all seven of China’s carbon trading pilots, and non-pilot regions. He works closely with national, provincial and municipal governments in their efforts develop ETS systems that are effective and appropriate considering China’s unique challenges and opportunities. Josh leads EDF’s efforts to use simulations to provide train and build capacity amongst ETS enterprises and government policy-makers. Josh is an expert on market-based policy instruments, emissions trading (AB32, RGGI, CDM, Kyoto, new source review, offsets, bubbles, RECLAIM, Acid Rain, Houston-Galveston cap and trade, etc.), wastewater credit trading, policy analysis, environmental credit market assessments, environmental permitting, California Environmental Quality Act mitigation, and environmental credit regulation evaluation/development.

Jackson Ewing holds a joint appointment as a senior fellow at Duke University's Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions and an adjunct associate professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He works closely with the Duke Kunshan University Environmental Research Center and International Masters of Environmental Policy programs to build policy research collaboration across Duke platforms in the United States and China. Prior to joining Duke, Ewing was director of Asian Sustainability at the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York, where he led projects on Asian carbon market cooperation and sustainable resource development in the ASEAN Economic Community. He previously served as a MacArthur Fellow and head of the Environment, Climate Change and Food Security Program at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and has worked throughout Asia with actors in government, the private sector, civil society, and international organizations. Ewing publishes widely through a range of mediums and is a regular contributor to radio, television and print media. He holds a doctorate in environmental security and master's degree in international relations from Australia’s Bond University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston. 


Carbon Pricing in Practice

Field Auditorium, Environment Hall
Date & Time
Thursday, Sep 27, 2018 - 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Virtual
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Virtual
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