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 works to support environmental trading programs in China, with a particular focus on carbon markets. Josh also supports other EDF projects – including those in California – that use well-designed market-based approaches to solve environmental problems.

Josh is an expert on market-based policy instruments, emissions trading (AB32, Clean Development Mechanism, 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 brings practical experience in the development, evaluation, and implementation of criteria pollutant, wastewater, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas markets in the US and international markets.

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.

Josh serves on the Ecosystem Marketplace’s Advisory Committee.

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

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