Carbon Pricing

A growing number of jurisdictions are adopting market-based climate policies. By putting a price on carbon, these policies give businesses the incentive to innovate so they can cut emissions at the lowest possible cost.

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Containing the Costs of Climate Policy

This policy brief outlines various options for containing costs under a cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Although cap and trade is generally considered a more cost-effective approach than traditional regulation, excessive allowance prices are a concern. High …

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Good and bad options for changing California’s cap-and-trade program
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Addressing California cap and trade concerns
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State of World Carbon Pricing

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Policy Considerations for Emerging Carbon Programs

With climate action gaining momentum around the country, policymakers at the city, state, and federal level are all considering policy tools they can use to achieve their goals. Many market-based options exist that can deliver differing co-benefits. Discussions and collaboration …

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City-level Climate Leadership in Boulder: The Climate Action Plan Tax

Cities across the United States are using a range of policy options to achieve their climate mitigation goals. One example is Boulder, Colorado, which has a long history of taking climate action, and is using a market-based approach to both …

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California-Quebec auction hits a record low (and that’s probably a good thing)
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Secondary Carbon Markets

Many state regulators are considering carbon trading as a compliance option with the Clean Power Plan. An important part of carbon trading is the secondary carbon market—the market among private sector buyers and sellers that arises to provide more efficient …

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What’s ahead for carbon markets after COP 21

The following was published in the February 2016 edition of Biores, a publication of the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development.   The new climate deal includes several provisions relevant to market-based emissions reductions efforts. At a UN conference in Paris, France …

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China’s provinces learn how to reduce emissions with trading