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Volume 53, May/June 2018, Number 3 · pp. 135-140


Shifting Paradigms in Carbon Pricing

Brigitte Knopf, Kerstin Burghaus, Christian Flachsland, Michael Jakob, Nicolas Koch, Ottmar Edenhofer

Carbon pricing is essential to achieve a reduction in global CO2 emissions. A carbon price can either be set directly via a carbon tax (price control) or be achieved through a cap-and-trade system (quantity control). While there has been much debate about the relative merits of each approach, cap-and-trade systems have been favoured in the political arena. In principle, they offer the most straightforward way to achieve a country’s emission reduction target by simply setting the cap at the remaining emission budget. Existing emissions trading schemes (ETSs) can be found in Europe, California and Québec, for example.


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