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The Allocation of European Union Allowances: Lessons, Unifying Themes and General Principles

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dc.contributor.author Buchner, Barbara.
dc.contributor.author Carraro, Carlo.
dc.contributor.author Ellerman, A. Denny.
dc.date.accessioned 2007-02-01T22:25:51Z
dc.date.available 2007-02-01T22:25:51Z
dc.date.issued 2006-10
dc.identifier.uri http://mit.edu/globalchange/www/abstracts.html#a140
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/35836
dc.description Abstract in HTML and technical report in PDF available on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change website (http://mit.edu/globalchange/www/). en
dc.description.abstract A critical issue in dealing with climate change is deciding who has a right to emit carbon dioxide (CO2), and under what conditions, when those emissions are limited. The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the world’s first large experiment with an emission trading system for CO2 and it is likely to be copied by others if there is to be a global regime for limiting greenhouse gas emissions. This paper provides the first in-depth description and analysis of the process by which rights to emit carbon dioxide were created and distributed in the EU ETS. The main objective of the paper is to distill the lessons and general principles to be learned from the allocation of allowances in the EU ETS, i.e. in the world’s first experience with allocating carbon allowances to sub-national entities. We discuss the lessons and unifying observations that emerge from this experience and provide some insights on what seem to be more general principles informing the allocation process and on what are the global implications of the EU ETS. en
dc.description.sponsorship We are indebted to the European Commission, FEEM, and MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change for the various forms of financial and other support that made possible the book on which this article is based. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Report No. 140 en
dc.title The Allocation of European Union Allowances: Lessons, Unifying Themes and General Principles en
dc.type Technical Report en
dc.identifier.citation Report no. 140 en


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