Climate Policy after Copenhagen

Climate Policy after Copenhagen : The Role of Carbon Pricing

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At the UN Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen, 117 heads of state concluded that low-carbon development is necessary in order to combat climate change. However, they also understood that transition to a low-carbon economy requires the implementation of a portfolio of policies and programs - a challenging endeavour for any nation. This book addresses the need for information about factors impacting climate policy implementation, using as a case study one effort that is at the heart of attempts to create a low-carbon future: the European Emission Trading Scheme. It explores problems surrounding the implementation of the ETS, including the role of vested interests, the impact of design details and opportunities to attract long-term investments. It also shows how international climate cooperation can be designed to support the domestic implementation of low-carbon policies. This timely analysis of carbon pricing contains important lessons for all those concerned with the development of post-Copenhagen climate policy.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 47 b/w illus. 5 tables
  • 1139126423
  • 9781139126427

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'Karsten Neuhoff makes an interesting case in showing that the failure to adopt a comprehensive climate agreement in Copenhagen may have been the result of some fundamental underlying changes. The Copenhagen Accord could therefore mark the beginning of a bottom-up approach in which domestic policy design based on carbon pricing as well as specific regulations can be supported through international co-operation. If his analysis proves right, the EU is in principle well equipped to such a change, but may have to rethink some elements of its international negotiation strategy accordingly.' Jos Delbeke, Director-General for Climate Action, European Commission
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Table of contents

List of figures; List of tables; List of text boxes; 1. Introduction; 2. The role of a climate policy mix; 3. Implementing a carbon price, the example of cap and trade; 4. Shifting investment to low-carbon choices; 5. Co-operation among developed countries - a role for carbon markets?; 6. A world of different carbon prices; 7. International support for low-carbon growth in developing countries; 8. Conclusion; References; Index.
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