As part of our Annual Regional Climate Summit Series 2023, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) looks forward to welcoming delegates to our flagship Latin America Climate Summit (LACS) 2023, taking place 27-29 June at the Sortis Hotel Conference Center in Panama City, Panama.

LACS 2023 is the premier gathering of carbon market practitioners, experts, and governments from across the Latin America and Caribbean region. Join hundreds of colleagues and climate leaders from the region to gain insights into the growing carbon pricing landscape in LAC, market trends, and relevant policy and regulatory developments. Attending LACS 2023 presents a unique opportunity to learn from experts, enhance your carbon market expertise, and expand your network of leaders to – collaboratively – move the needle on delivering climate action at scale.

Organized by IETA, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), LACS 2023 is an in-person event with select sessions available in a hybrid format for virtual participation. The program features high-level plenaries, inspirational keynotes, cross-cutting deep dives, interactive side events, and valuable networking opportunities to foster meaningful connections.


  • Keep up with carbon markets policy development
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of current and forecast carbon market drivers
  • Get a full picture of transition to a net-zero economy, both on the ground and through policy
  • Understand the pricing evolution, risk profile, and investment opportunities across the compliance and voluntary carbon markets
  • Engage your peers and build new connections across business, government, and civil society
  • Get provoked and inspired by new ideas and opportunities



We are delighted to offer a limited number of Partner Sponsor Packages, allocated on a first come first served basis. These provide:

  • Branding and visibility opportunities
  • Private meeting room access
  • Individual display counters located at the heart of ECS in the ‘Carbon Market Lounge’
  • Possibility to host your own side event session

Full package details available HERE.


  • Interested in speaking opportunities, hosting your own session or event, partner sponsorship packages, contact Lisa Spafford, spafford@ieta.org 
  • Would like to attend as a delegate, register HERE
  • To join as a media, contact Badr Maallem, maallem@ieta.org
  • For ICAP-related inquiry, contact Stefano DeClara, declara@icapcarbonaction.com
  • Summit venue: Sortis Hotel, Calle 56 Y 57, Obarrio, Panama City, Panama
  • Delegate Pass – In-person $650.00
  • Discounted Delegate Pass – In-person $550.00 (For IETA Members, NGOs & Academia – Contact Awa Antille for ‘coupon code’, antille@ieta.org)
  • Press Pass  – In-person FREE (For Media and Press Representatives – Contact Badr Maallem for registration, maallem@ieta.org)
  • Delegate Pass – Virtual FREE

In-person Delegates Passes grant access to the Latin America Climate Summit venue and all opened sessions for the entire duration of the event (June 27-29)

LACS 2023 Summit Daily Overview

THE PROGRAM is subject to updates



Registration & Welcome Coffee


IETA LAC WG & NCS WG Meeting (Closed Event Invite Only)

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break


IETA International WG Meeting (Closed Event Invite Only)


Welcome Lunch


LACS Media Workshop (Closed Event Invite Only)


ICAP-IETA Workshop (Closed Event Invite Only)

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break


Climate Change Movie Time: Sonic Forest Film (Opened Event)


LACS Welcome Reception (opened to all LACS delegates)


08:00 – 08:30

Registration & Welcome Coffee

08:30 – 09:00

Opening Ceremony – Harnessing the Power of Markets and Collaboration

09:00 – 09:15

Short Break

09:15 – 10:30

Plenary 1 – Carbon Markets in Latin America: Landscape Review and Seizing the Moment for Ambitious Action

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00

Plenary 2 – Towards Regulated LAC Carbon Markets: Challenges and Opportunities for Financial Institutions

12:00 – 12:15

Short Break

12:15 – 13:15

Deep Dive 1 – Emerging Carbon Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean: Developments in Panamá, Brazil, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Argentina

12:15 – 13:15

Deep Dive 2 – Article 6 in Latin America: What Does it Mean for Sustainable Growth & Development of the Region?

12:15 – 13:15

Side Event Session 1 – Path to Integrity Carbon Credits

Organised by Verra

13:15 – 14:15

Networking Lunch

14:15 – 15:15

Plenary 3 – Carbon Credits: Separating Facts from Fiction

15:15 – 15:30

Short Break

15:30 -1 6:30

Deep Dive 3 – From Pilot to Reality: Lessons Learned from Mexico, Chile and Colombia Emissions Trading Systems & Implications for LAC’s Low-Carbon Future

15:30 -1 6:30

Deep Dive 4 – Opportunities and Unique Considerations for Carbon Dioxide Removals (CDR) in Latin America

15:30 -1 6:30

Side Event Session 2 – Enhancing the Sustainability of Brazilian Agriculture – Advancing Value Chain Decarbonization

16:30 – 17:00

Aperitif Happy ‘Half Hour – Grab a coffee or a drink and join us for our closing plenary of the day

17:00 – 18:00

Plenary 4 – Maximizing the Value of Climate Data & Digitisation: Leveraging Information Management and Connectivity for Sustainable Development

20:00 – 23:00

IETA Nightcap Reception (for IETA Members only)


08:30 – 10:00

Registration & Welcome Coffee

08:45 – 09:45

Side Event Sessions 3 – Getting Back to Basics: Navigating the VCM in Times of Uncertainty
Organised by acx – AirCarbon Exchange

09:45 – 10:00

Short Break

10:00 – 11:10

Plenary 5 – Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) in Latin America: The Vital Role of Tropical Forests

11:10 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Deep Dive 5 – Decarbonization Strategies for Different Sectors

11:30 – 12:30

Deep Dive 6 – Exploring the Potential of the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM): Perspective on Profitable Business Building While Driving Significant Socio-Environmental Impact

11:30 – 12:30

Side Event Session 4 New Mechanisms of the Circular Economy Towards Climate Action
organised by Cercarbono

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Plenary 6 The State and Trends of the Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) in Latin America and the Caribbean

14:30 – 14:45

Short Break

14:45 – 15:45

Deep Dive 7 – Uniting Forces for a Stronger Carbon Market in Latin America: Regional Collaboration as a Key Driver

14:45 – 15:45

Side Event Sessions 5 – Private Sector and Carbon markets: Capacity Building and Public-Private Articulation Needs
Organised by Public-Private Articulation for Climate Action in LAC (ArticuLAC)

15:45 – 16:15

Coffee Break

16:15 – 17:15

Plenary 7 – Beyond Carbon: Uncovering the Hidden Social and Environmental Benefits of Carbon Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

17:15 – 17:30

Closing Addresses – Bringing it Home & What’s Next


Do not become transactional, stay strategic – Your opportunity to show real leadership on climate change!


The Latin America Climate Summit brings together business leaders from energy, industry and transport, investors, traders, analysts, lawyers and project developers, along with legislators and government representatives. Media and news agents, as well as academia will also be present.

It offers valuable opportunities to interact with a variety of experts on how climate change is affecting their businesses, what the major challenges are and what solutions should be implemented. Discuss, debate and network with climate leaders from across the continent.

  • Delegate Pass – In-person $650.00
  • Discounted Delegate Pass – In-person $550.00 (For IETA Members, NGOs & Academia – Contact Awa Antille for ‘coupon code’, antille@ieta.org)
  • Press Pass  – In-person FREE (For Media and Press Representatives – Contact Badr Maallem for registration, maallem@ieta.org)
  • Delegate Pass – Virtual FREE

In-person Delegates Passes grant access to the Latin America Climate Summit venue and all opened sessions for the entire duration of the event (June 27-29)

The Venue

A vibrant and energetic environment in downtown Panama City, Panama for Panamanians and global travelers who crave the exceptional in every corner of life. At Sortis Hotel, Spa & Casino you are in charge and you decide your own rhythm. Your own heartbeat. Here, everything has been crafted with the guest experience in mind — from 391 high-design rooms, suites and apartments to a striking, ultramodern style that infuses every moment of the guest experience. Restaurants include Manabí, a rustic, contemporary restaurant showcasing modern Panamanian cuisine. Score, a globally inspired Sports Bar and Lounge. The pool scene, overlooking stunning city and skyline views, goes seamlessly from day to night. In addition to a family friendly kids pool and arcade, it also includes Acua, a poolside Bar and Lounge.

Sortis Hotel, Autograph Collection
Calle 56 y 57, Obarrio, Panama City, Panama

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    Speaking & Partner Sponsor Visibility Opportunities:
    Lisa Spafford, spafford@ieta.org

    Delegate Registration & Media Press Relations:
    Awa Antille, antille@ieta.org