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Carbon Finance 2008

Carbon price signals can have significant impacts at various points in the value chain of an industry, with important implications for investment, capital expenditures and strategic positioning. Andrew Aulisi of WRI will discuss the impacts of climate change and the advent of carbon markets on the forest products sector, beginning with timber assets through to markets for end products. New revenue streams and markets for forest goods and services are being created through carbon pricing. Forest owners and integrated producers are best positioned to capture increased value for forest resources, while manufacturers face price risks for their raw materials. However some pulp and paper manufacturers may find synergies with biofuels production to generate additional revenue streams from new bioenergy products. Much of the risk and the opportunity is highly uncertain, however, and depends on policy decisions that affect the timing, stringency, and nature of carbon regulations.

March 6, 2008
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
GM Room - 55 Hillhouse Avenue
Reception to Follow

Andrew Aulisi is the Director of WRI's Markets & Enterprise Program, which analyzes the intersection between the private sector and the environment. Andrew guides the program's work on transforming business practices globally, including green investment, enterprise development in emerging markets, and corporate environmental performance. Prior to this role, Andrew was the Director of U.S. Climate Policy at WRI and developed the Institute's work on climate change strategies in the private sector, including partnerships with dozens of multinational corporations. His experience includes five years in the private sector analyzing environmental risk at both AIG Inc. and Marsh Inc. He also spent three years developing business partnerships and analyzing market-based policies for Environmental Defense, and two years abroad with the United Nations.


Recommended Readings

Trees in the Greenhouse: Why Climate Change is Transforming the Forest Products Business - WRI

Growing Ideas - Weyerhaeuser

Event Documents

Netcast - Visit Yale "Business & Management" or "Environment" in the "Center for Business and Environment" tab (must have iTunes to download)

PowerPoint Presentation


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Event Press Release

Event Poster

Funding for the Carbon Finance Speaker Series was made possible by a generous grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.