Driving the new markets, technologies and products fueling the growth of business opportunities in carbon removal.
The VERGE 23 Carbon Program is your entry point into the burgeoning world of carbon removal. Join the conversation to hear from leaders developing new markets that are unlocking the value of carbon and to meet the innovators behind the latest technologies — from carbon capture and sustainable fuels to nature-based solutions and other high-quality carbon credits.
Carbontech: fuels and materials
Carbon capture and sequestration
Carbon markets - sponsored by
Nature-based solutions - sponsored by Environmental Defense Fund
Participants include professionals in:
Carbon capture and sequestration
Building and construction
Food and agriculture
Featured Carbon Program Speakers
Steven M. Rothstein is the founding Managing Director of the Ceres Accelerator for Sustainable Capital Markets. Ceres Accelerator aims to transform the practices and policies that govern capital markets in order to accelerate reduction of the worst financial impacts of the climate crisis and other sustainability threats. Steven’s 40 years of experience will be critical to explore the most effective strategies for the Accelerator to focus on and move capital markets towards climate sustainability.Steven has had a successful career starting, managing and growing several non-profit, social change and government organizations. After college he was one of the founding team of Citizens Energy Corporation, the world’s only non-profit oil company. This enterprise, and its related organizations, grew to provide tens of millions of service for low income and needy individuals through oil, natural gas, electricity, energy conservation, pharmaceuticals and renewable energy. After several years, Steven went on to manage a Massachusetts $300 million human service state agency’s programs and facilities for people with intellectual disabilities. He then started and ran Environmental Futures, a management and market consulting company serving a wide range of enterprises in the US and internationally seeking to grow their environmental work. He also ran the New England market for Constellation’s entry and expansion into this market as a successful electricity broker. His career also includes running the world renowned, Perkins School for the Blind, as well as Citizen Schools and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.He has worked at local, state, federal and international levels of government. Steven served on many non-profit and government boards. He has spoken and written extensively and worked with partners in the corporate, non-profit, government and philanthropy sectors.Steven has a BA with Honors in Political Science from Williams College and an MBA from Northeast
Andreas Aepli has been the Chief Financial Officer of Climeworks since early 2021, leading fundraising, FP&A, accounting, tax and treasury. He holds an MBA from INSEAD as well as a BA in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen. Prior to Climeworks, Andreas worked for 12 years for Swiss Engineering Group Bühler in General Management & Finance roles across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, most recently helping to build the world’s first industrial plant for making sustainable proteins from insects.
Dick Cameron is the Vice President of Science at Pachama, a technology company using remote sensing and machine learning to scale nature-based solutions to climate change. He leads a team of forest ecologists, policy experts, and earth observation scientists developing tools and research that promote integrity in carbon markets through transparency and standardization. Before Pachama, he was the Director of Science for the Land and Climate Programs in the California program of The Nature Conservancy. There he led research efforts to integrate natural climate solutions and biodiversity conservation into California’s land use and climate policies. His research has been published in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Climatic Change, and Global Change Biology, and covered in media outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and the Associated Press. He has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. from University of Colorado, both in Geography.
Dr. Friedmann recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy where he was responsible for DOE’s R&D program in advanced fossil energy systems, carbon capture, and storage (CCS), CO2 utilization, and clean coal deployment. More recently, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia. He has held positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, including Chief Energy Technologist.
Dr. Friedmann is one of the most widely known and authoritative experts in the U.S. on carbon removal (CO2 drawdown from the air and oceans), CO2 conversion and use (carbon-to-value), hydrogen, industrial decarbonization, and carbon capture and sequestration.
As CEO of EcoAct North America, William oversees the growth of the EcoAct North America team while ensuring we continue to raise the bar in terms of quality and drive innovation in our Business Advisory and Nature & Technology Based Solutions so that our North American clients can achieve their net-zero ambition in line with best practice. William has over 15 years of experience working with private and public sectors to develop and implement comprehensive net-zero strategies. William joined EcoAct in 2015 in the Paris office and then launched EcoAct’s North America operations in 2017. A graduate from Boston University with an MBA from HEC Paris, William began working in sustainability at the Gold Standard Foundation, a certification body headquartered in Geneva that evaluates carbon reduction and sustainable impacts using results-based methodologies. Following this role, he worked with NGOs Nexus for Development and the Group for the Environment, Renewable Energy and Solidarity (GERES) to scale-up more than a dozen carbon reduction projects in Asia and Africa by leveraging innovative market mechanisms.
As Chief Innovation Officer, Toby leads a team that identifies and develops new standards frameworks and related partnerships for Verra and has been responsible for establishing a number of ground-breaking standards initiatives. Toby led the creation of the original VCS framework covering Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU), which has become the foremost global carbon accounting standard for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), being used by hundreds of projects worldwide.
Previously, Toby ran Conservation International’s (CI) Climate and Land Use, Markets and Policy program, after directing the Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), a partnership comprising The Nature Conservancy, CI, Rainforest Alliance, Wildlife Conservation Society and CARE International. CCBA created the leading social and environmental standards for forest carbon projects and government programs.
On the forest carbon policy front, Toby has developed legislative proposals adopted within various U.S. climate bills and has helped establish bilateral agreements between leading U.S., Brazilian, Indonesian and Mexican states. He also served on the REDD Offsets Working Group, providing recommendations to the California Air Resources Board on how tropical forests could be brought into the state’s cap-and-trade scheme, and has been an adviser to the Carbon Fund of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.
Katie Schmitz Eulitt
Katie Schmitz Eulitt leads the ISSB SASB Standards Investor Advisory Group, comprising over 60 leading global asset owners and managers – with >$53 Trillion AUM – supporting a global baseline standard for the communication of corporate performance on ESG issues relevant to the assessment of enterprise value to investors. This reprises similar roles Katie has played at the Value Reporting Foundation, prior to its merger with IFRS in August 2022 and at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board prior to that. She also co-leads market engagement in Asia Pacific markets, with an emphasis on Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.
Katie worked with investment bank Salomon Brothers for over a decade in the US, Japan, and Hong Kong. Her experience in project development and finance spans the energy sector (both fossil fuels and renewables), the protection of forested lands, and water disinfection in developing markets.
She holds a BA in Japanese from the University of California, Berkeley, an MBA from l’Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD) in Fontainebleau, France, an executive certificate in sustainability from the Presidio Graduate School of San Francisco, and a Global Competent Boards Designation.