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Linkage of Tradable Permit Systems in International Climate Policy Architecture

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  • Robert N. Stavins

    (Harvard University)

  • Judson Jaffe

    (Analysis Group)

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Cap-and-trade systems have emerged as the preferred national and regional instrument for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases throughout the industrialized world, and the Clean Development Mechanism — an international emission-reduction-credit system — has developed a substantial constituency, despite some concerns about its performance. Because linkage between tradable permit systems can reduce compliance costs and improve market liquidity, there is great interest in linking cap-and-trade systems to each other, as well as to the CDM and other credit systems. We examine the benefits and concerns associated with various types of linkages, and analyze the near-term and long-term role that linkage may play in a future international climate policy architecture. In particular, we evaluate linkage in three potential roles: as an independent bottom-up architecture, as a step in the evolution of a top-down architecture, and as an ongoing element of a larger climate policy agreement. We also assess how the policy elements of climate negotiations can facilitate or impede linkages. Our analysis throughout is both positive and normative.

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Paper provided by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei in its series Working Papers with number 2008.90.

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Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2008.90

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Keywords: Linkage; Cap-and-Trade; Tradable Permits; Global Climate Change;

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Cited by:
  1. Flachsland, Christian & Marschinski, Robert & Edenhofer, Ottmar, 2009. "Global trading versus linking: Architectures for international emissions trading," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 1637-1647, May.
  2. Jobst Heitzig, 2013. "Bottom-Up Strategic Linking of Carbon Markets: Which Climate Coalitions Would Farsighted Players Form?," Working Papers 2013.48, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  3. Olmstead, Sheila M. & Stavins, Robert N., 2009. "An Expanded Three-Part Architecture for Post-2012 International Climate Policy," Working Paper Series rwp09-036, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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