Derivatives Markets Go Green: ESG, Emissions Trading & More

Derivatives Markets Go Green: ESG, Emissions Trading & More


The use of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) derivatives continues to grow. Previously a niche marketplace, ESG derivatives now attract a broader set of market participants that are driving its growth. This interest reinforces the idea that derivatives can play a key role in the advancement of ESG objectives in the financial markets and in the global transition to a green economy.

This IFM workshop provides foundational information about ESG markets, government and investor expectations, and what factors are driving growth and product innovation.   It also will demonstrate how these unique types of derivatives can be used to manage the financial risks related to ESG.

Learning Outcomes

After the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of ESG derivatives products
  • Learn about various product structures and transaction types
  • Examine examples sustainability-linked derivatives
  • Explore offerings in ESG credit derivatives contracts and exchange-traded derivatives
  • Know the top industry influencers in ESG strategies and product development  


       And, specifically related to energy and emissions trading, you will:

  • Know the role of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and relevance of Kyoto, the Paris Accord and most recent COP26 standards
  • Understand how the emissions trading program (“Cap and Trade”) works
  • Learn about the influences of the EPA and the states in key North American carbon markets 
  • Become familiar with derivatives market innovations that are advancing the use of renewable energy and renewable fuel derivatives 


Who Should Attend?

  • Futures market professionals, investors, money managers 
  • Sales and marketing personnel at FCMs
  • Staff in trading, risk management and legal departments
  • Policymakers at state and federal levels

Level:  Fundamental

Duration:  4 hours total (2 days)

Delivery:  Live, virtual instruction for 120 minutes per day on two (2) consecutive days. 

Note class hours are in U.S. Eastern Time to provide maximum convenience for most U.S. and  global participants.

Registration Options

Virtual, Live Workshop. 120-minute sessions on 2 days.
Class Size
Registration is limited to approximately 20 participants to promote student participation and interaction.
Group Discount: 10% off any registration with 3+ participants from same organization. To take advantage of this discount, please contact the IFM at 202-223-1528, or via e-mail at

If you have any questions or are unable to complete your online order, please contact the IFM at 202-223-1528, or via e-mail at