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Biological Carbon Sequestration and Carbon Trading Re-Visited

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  • van Kooten, G. Cornelis

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Under Kyoto, biological activities that sequester carbon can be used to create CO2 offset credits that could obviate the need for lifestyle-changing reductions in fossil fuel use. Credits are earned by storing carbon in terrestrial ecosystems and wood products, although CO2 emissions are also mitigated by delaying deforestation, which accounts for one-quarter of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. However, nonpermanent carbon offsets from biological activities are difficult to compare with each other and with emissions reduction because they differ in how long they prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere. This is the duration problem; it results in uncertainty and makes it difficult to determine the legitimacy of biological activities in mitigating climate change. While there is not doubt that biological sink activities help mitigate climate change and should not be neglected, in this paper we demonstrate that these activities cannot be included in carbon trading schemes.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium with number 44262.

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Keywords: carbon offset credits; climate change; duration of carbon sinks; Environmental Economics and Policy;

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  1. van Kooten, G. Cornelis & Sohngen, Brent, 2007. "Economics of Forest Ecosystem Carbon Sinks: A Review," International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, now publishers, vol. 1(3), pages 237-269, September.
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  1. G. Cornelis van Kooten, 2011. "Economic Analysis of Feed-in Tariffs for Generating Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources," Working Papers, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group 2011-02, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group.
  2. Marshall, Liz & Kelly, Alexia, 2010. "The Time Value of Carbon and Carbon Storage: Clarifying the terms and the policy implications of the debate," MPRA Paper 27326, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. G. Cornelis van Kooten & Craig Johnston & Zhen Xu, 2012. "Economics of Forest Carbon Sequestration," Working Papers, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group 2012-04, University of Victoria, Department of Economics, Resource Economics and Policy Analysis Research Group.

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