Kean Miller and ERM – Identification and Management of Greenhouse Gas Risks CLE

Kean Miller and ERM will co-host the Identification and Management of Greenhouse Gas Risks CLE program in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, June 21 at The Roosevelt Hotel.  

The schedule is as follows: 

7:30 - 8:15 AM – Registration & Breakfast

8:15 - 8:25 AM – Opening Remarks

8:25 - 9:10 AM – Developments in Louisiana Climate and ESG Initiatives
Gordon Polozola, Partner, Kean Miller LLP
The presentation will address State Climate Change initiatives, including the Governor’s Climate Action Plan, Louisiana Public Service Commission, and New Orleans City Council proceedings and rulemakings on green power options. How the industry is tackling ESG, including the SEC’s proposed rule to require climate-related disclosures, will also be addressed.   

9:10 - 9:55 AM – Transparency and Accountability in Greenhouse Gas Reporting: Welcome to the Fishbowl
Georgette Reeves, Principal Consultant, ERM; and Joe Gross, Senior Consultant, ERM
While Greenhouse gas reporting has been required for larger facilities in the U.S. for more than 10 years, there has been an intense uptick in the scrutiny of that data. Stakeholders, investors, and other interested parties are learning more about the availability of reported greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and using that data to inform a broad range of decisions. Companies are also starting to bolster their emissions through assurance. The presentation will provide an overview of the information available to the public, how it can be used or interpreted, and the advantages of shoring up greenhouse gas programs to become assurance ready.

9:55 - 10:15 AM – Break

10:15 - 11:00 AM – Preparing for Our Energy Future: Carbon Capture and Sequestration
Will Huguet, Partner, Kean Miller LLP
A broad presentation and discussion of carbon capture and sequestration (“CCS”) that will cover (i) drivers of CCS, (ii) myths and realities, (iii) Louisiana and Texas as ideal CCS locations, (iv) an overview of pertinent federal regulations, (v) the 45Q tax credit, (vi) the Louisiana Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide Act, and (vii) recent CCS headlines and developments.

11:00 - 11:45 AM – Life Cycle Assessment, Greenhouse Accounting, and Assurance
Rick Zultner, Senior Consultant, ERM; and Michael Cheatham, Senior Engineer, ERM
The presentation will provide an introduction to Life Cycle Assessments (“LCAs”) and orientation. Terminology of LCAs, carbon footprints, top-down analysis (GHG Protocol), bottom-up analysis (ISO 14040, 14044, 14067), and more will be covered. The presenters will discuss why and how to conduct an LCA. Tradeoffs of methodologies and decisions will also be addressed.