Josh Margolis

Managing Director, Environmental Markets, China Program


Areas of expertise: Market-based policy instruments, environmental credit trading, environmental permitting.

An emissions trading expert with extensive private and public sector experience, Josh is a principal in EDF’s efforts to support the development of ETS programs in China. In this capacity he has provided training to enterprises and ETS policy-makers from the NDRC, all seven of China’s carbon trading pilots, and non-pilot regions.

He works closely with national, provincial and municipal governments in their efforts develop ETS systems that are effective and appropriate considering China’s unique challenges and opportunities. Josh leads EDF’s efforts to use simulations to provide train and build capacity amongst ETS enterprises and government policy-makers.

Josh is an expert on market-based policy instruments, emissions trading (AB32, RGGI, CDM, Kyoto, new source review, offsets, bubbles, RECLAIM, Acid Rain, Houston-Galveston cap and trade, etc.), wastewater credit trading, policy analysis, environmental credit market assessments, environmental permitting, California Environmental Quality Act mitigation, and environmental credit regulation evaluation/development.


Josh is an environmental markets practitioner. He is an expert on how well-designed market-based environmental policy instruments can be used to address environmental problems. Over the course of his career Josh has provided policy analysis, environmental credit market assessments, environmental permitting, and environmental credit regulation evaluation/development services to hundreds of government and industrial stakeholders that are engaged in the administration of (or are subject to) international, national, regional, and local environmental markets.

Josh has supported innovative environmental credit trading strategies including those targeting power plants, mineral processing, petro-chemicals, manufacturing, forest management, carbon farming, and mobile sources. Josh is a co-inventor of a patent that provides for the neutralization/offsetting of equities.

He was appointed by the California Energy Commission to serve on the California Climate Change Advisory Committee, which was charged with the responsibility of advising the CEC on greenhouse gas mitigation strategies. He was appointed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s board to serve on its three-year RECLAIM Audit Advisory Committee.

He has also served as: CEO of CantorCO2e, where he oversaw brokerage and consulting operations related to US markets and CDM markets; Director of Dames & Moore’s AirTrade Services; VP at AER*X (the nation’s first emissions trading firm); and consultant at SAIC.

Education: Public Policy Sciences, Duke University, 1981, cum laude

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