Jeff Swartz

Director, International Policy, IETA

Based in Brussels, Jeff manages and directs all aspects of international climate policy for the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). Jeff facilitates and represents IETA and its +140 members on all aspects of international climate change negotiations with a special emphasis on carbon pricing and its role in the 2015 UNFCCC Paris climate agreement. 

Jeff also leads IETA’s Business Partnership for Market Readiness (B-PMR), which is helping to shape the next generation of carbon markets. Jeff works on strengthening the policy links between the EU emissions trading scheme (EU ETS) and emerging emissions markets in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Jeff also represents IETA and its members with various governments interested in dhe design of market mechanisms, EU institutions following global climate change issues, international financial institutions, and other climate change stakeholder organizations. 

Prior to joining IETA in 2011, Jeff spent +4 years in Beijing working on the UN Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) for the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and Evolution Markets. He has had experiences working for the U.S. State Department in Guangzhou, and also at the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments where he worked on the design of local implementations of California's AB 32 scoping plan. Fluent in Mandarin and French, Jeff holds an M.A. in International Environmental Policy from Middlebury—the Monterey Institute of International Studies, as well as a B.A. in Chinese and a B.A. in International Relations--both from the University of the Pacific.


4 August 2016
Amidst the flurry of carbon market developments around the world, the largest emitter is putting in place a national emissions trading system (ETS). Next summer China will launch the world’s largest cap-and-trade system. Considering this, China’s ETS will undoubtedly influence and shape climate...

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15 September 2016
China está actuando frente al cambio climático. El gigante asiático ha actuado con rapidez, seriedad y en grande. Debido a que varias de sus principales ciudades han padecido un aumento en la contaminación del aire, el país ha desarrollado varias políticas para reducir sus emisiones. China está...