Carbon Markets and Investors Association

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CMIA is a UK based international trade association for 'carbon market service providers'.

'The Carbon Markets and Investors Association (CMIA) is an international trade association representing companies that finance, build, and support emission reduction projects across five continents, as well as service providers to liable entities under cap-and-trade schemes. Formed to represent businesses working to reduce carbon emissions through the market mechanisms of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol, CMIA's international membership accounts for an estimated 75 per cent of the global carbon market, valued at USD 100 billion in 2008.'[1]

'With over 50 member companies, including, financial institutions, carbon funds, project developers, lawyers, accountants, verifiers, emissions brokers and IT firms, we aim to promote growth and stability in the carbon market and to enhance competitiveness in the climate change sector."[2]

CMIA was an NGO observer party to the COP14 and COP15 summit's, listed under UK members. [3] [4].



CCIA is represented on the World Economic Forum's Climate Change Initiative Low Carbon Economic Prosperity Task Force.

Carbon Industry Trade Fair

According to a Dec 3rd 2010 press release titled with the Carbon TradeEx America logo:

'Koelnmesse Inc. and the Carbon Markets & Investors Association today announced their  cooperation with the Environmental Markets Association (EMA) as a co‐conference  organizer staging Carbon TradeEx America 2010, the leading U.S. industry event for the emerging  Carbon Industry. This joint effort will provide the complete environmental markets industry with  a single platform specifically designed to deliver education, networking, business development  and market opportunities.'[5]

Supporting organisations at the 2010 Carbon Summit event (a huge industry trade show) are listed on their website as:



According to a CMIA press release [8], their 2009-2010 board comprises:

  • President – Abyd Karmali, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Head of Carbon Markets. Abyd has worked for 18 years on climate change and the carbon markets and serves as President of the Carbon Markets and Investors Association and member of Her Majesty's Treasury Carbon Market Expert Group. He is the point person for carbon business opportunities across Merrill Lynch's geographies and financial products and serves on the firm's Environmental Sustainability Working Group. Abyd holds a M.Sc in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was previously employed with ICF International in Washington DC, Toronto, and London where he served most recently as Managing Director, Europe. In 1996-97 he was Climate Change Officer at the United Nations Environment Programme's Industry office in Paris and participated in the Kyoto Protocol negotiations.

Adviser. Based in London, Richard works with various lines of business in the Bank concerned with climate change and energy policy issues. His main focus is Europe but he also works with colleagues, notably in the US, on wider international issues such as international policy relating to climate change and post-2012. Richard also represents JPMorgan on the EU American Chamber of Commerce in Brussels. Prior to JPMorgan, Richard was employed by the UK Foreign Office for 20 years as a UK diplomat. He has worked in Germany, Sweden and Russia. Richard has particular experience in climate change and energy policy issues, and also trade and investment.

Matthew has 21 years investment banking experience. He joined Schroders in 1986, where he specialized in corporate finance transactions in equity capital markets. In 2000, following the acquisition of Schroders by Citigroup, he moved to Singapore as the Director responsible for equity capital markets in India and South East Asia. He returned in 2005 to study for an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, London gaining a distinction and winning the law prize prior to joining Climate Exchange. He also holds an MA in Physics from Oxford University (1986) and a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance. Matthew also serves as a Director of Climate Spot Markets Limited and Climate Spot Exchange Limited.

Sandy Nicolson has been the tax and accounting representative on KPMG's Global Carbon Advisory Group since 2007.Sandy has worked for 11 years in the tax and accounting profession and for the past 6 years specialising in commodities trading tax matters.

Adrien's role is to help NEI's investment decisions by providing recommendations on price trends, policy developments, market opportunities and hedging instruments. He has been involved in the carbon market since 2004 and in financial markets since 2000. He joined Natixis from the research firm New Carbon Finance where he was in charge of its EU ETS analysis. Before this, he led a quantitative analytics team at BNP Paribas' London office as part of the Fixed Income department. Adrien has an MSc in engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, and a Masters in International Economic Policy, specialising in climate change, from Buenos Aires.

Miles is also currently a group member of the UK Treasury Carbon Market Expert Group. Prior to his appointment at EcoSecurities, Miles was an analyst at Point Carbon, focused on quantifying the effect of Government policy in response to Kyoto and Private industry action and strategies in response to the EU ETS. Miles holds an MSc , Environmental Science and Technology from Imperial College London.

Profile: Anthony specializes in climate change and clean energy law as well as UK, EU and international environmental law. Prior to joining the practice, Anthony was General Counsel to the Climate Change Capital Carbon Fund and Director of Legal Policy for Climate Change Capital which he joined in September 1995. He is also currently the Chairman of London Climate Change Services (LCCS). Prior to joining NR, Anthony spent 13 years with major law firms specializing in UK and EU environmental law. Anthony qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales in 1994. He has a first class honors degree in Chemistry and Physics and recently completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Law. Anthony has been described as a leader in his field in four recent editions of the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession in the UK.

Anna works in the carbon market since 2000 and joined SCC in March 2008 as Head of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. Before joining SCC, Anna was Senior Project Manager at 3C Consulting GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany, where she was in charge of CDM project origination in Asia. Between 2001 and 2006, Anna was Project Manager at GFA Consulting Group and responsible for identification and development of CDM projects for private and public financing vehicles. Anna holds a M.Sc. in Agriculture from Georg-August University Goettingen, Germany.

Geoff Sinclair is Standard Bank's global head of carbon sales and trading. He has been involved in climate change business and policy in a variety of roles since 2000. Through his role at Standard Bank, Africa's largest bank, Geoff brings a strong developing country perspective. He is Australian and has a MBA from London Business School.

William Thomas is counsel in the firm’s Environmental and Climate Change practices. He advises companies, financiers, developers and other enterprises on all aspects of environmental law and on matters with a foreign or global environmental dimension. He is highly regarded in the area of climate change, including climate law and policy and carbon finance. Mr. Thomas is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2009, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2009, The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers 2009, and PLC’s Which Lawyer? Handbook 2009.

Randy is a Principal with KPMG’s Energy Practice in Houston, Texas. He has over eighteen years experience as a risk management professional within the financial services and energy sectors. He currently leads a team in Houston that helps energy companies manage issues around liquidity, market risk, financial reporting, accounting and sustainability. He has written several articles on the impacts of green house gas legislation on energy companies and is a frequent presenter on the structure of carbon markets. He is a member of KPMG’s global sustainability team and the firm’s leader for developing KPMG’s approach to assisting clients through the implementation of a national cap and trade program. Randy holds several auditing certifications and has an MBA from Oregon State University and a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of British Columbia.




Contact details, Resources, Notes


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External Resources


  1. Carbon Markets and Investors Association PRESS RELEASE:2009-2010 BOARD. London,10 August 2009,
  2. CMIA homepage, "About CMIA", CMIA homepage accessed 12/02/09
  3. UNFCC COP14 pages, "NGOs at COP14", UNFCC list of NGOs at COP14. Accessed 12/02/09
  4. UNFCCC website.COP15 Non governmental observers accessed 9/12/09
  6. CMIA homepage,Events "Carbon Summit"accessed 9/12/09
  7. CMIA website Meet CMIAs members Accessed 08/02/10
  8. Carbon Markets and Investors Association PRESS RELEASE:2009-2010 BOARD. London,10 August 2009,