Emissions Trading Design


Emissions Trading Design

A Critical Overview

9781781952214 Edward Elgar Publishing
Stefan E. Weishaar, Professor of Law and Economics, Groningen University, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2014 ISBN: 978 1 78195 221 4 Extent: 272 pp
Emissions trading is becoming an increasingly popular policy instrument with growing diversity in design. This book examines emissions trading design, emissions trading implementation problems and how to address them.

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Emissions trading is becoming an increasingly popular policy instrument with growing diversity in design. This book examines emissions trading design, emissions trading implementation problems and how to address them.

In an easily accessible way, the book examines advantages and disadvantages of emissions trading and presents policy considerations that designers should not neglect. Stefan Weishaar reviews the main implementation challenges emissions trading faces and assesses how they can be addressed in an effective, efficient and acceptable way. By reviewing existing and emerging emissions trading systems around the world, the book describes why emissions trading systems are used in an environmental policy mix, how an emissions trading system can be designed, what special design issues should be duly considered, and with whom emissions trading systems can be linked.

Written from both a legal and an economic perspective, this book will appeal to academic researchers and postgraduate students in environmental law and policy, and those focused on energy and climate change issues. It will also be essential reading for policymakers, managers and consultants working in this field.
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'Emission trading schemes have become instruments of choice in climate change policy across many jurisdictions, and this has led to massive experimentation across very different contexts. The scale and urgency of the climate change problem and the real-life complexity of emission trading schemes combine to make high quality, detailed studies necessary, important, and sometimes fascinating. This book scores on all these fronts. By putting practical implementations within a sound theoretical framework, it will be of value both for seasoned and not so seasoned scholars and policymakers.'
– Javier de Cendra de Larragán, IE Law School, Spain

‘Policy makers in the relevant government bodies will undoubtedly consider this book essential reading, as will environmental lawyers of course, as well as technical consultants advising in this field. With its meticulous footnoting throughout, not to mention the detailed bibliography of over 20 pages, this book certainly emerges as a superb research tool for those seeking to enhance their understanding of this important environmental topic.’
– Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, The Barrister Magazine

‘This book addresses a large number of important design variables and reflects deep knowledge of the EU experience. For those reasons alone, it merits a read.’
– David Driesen, Carbon and Climate Law Review

‘I found this book both informative and easy to read. This book would be of interest to academics wishing to gain an understanding of emissions trading policy issues for research or teaching purposes. In addition, academics from science and the environment in general would find it a most useful tool to increasing the policy impacts of their research. I also believe it would be a great book to recommend to the current federal Government in Australia and most likely many others around the globe.’
– Deborah Cotton, Australian Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Emission Trading and Alternative Instruments 3. Design Variants of Emissions Trading 4. Real-life Applications of Emissions Trading Systems 5. Implementation Issue 1: Initial Allocation of Emission Rights 6. Implementation Issues 2: Secondary Market for Emissions Rights 7. Implementation Issue 3: Operational Aspects of Emission Rights 8. Implementation Issue 4: Lawsuits Following from Emissions Trading 9. Linking Emissions Trading Schemes 10. Concluding Remarks References Index
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