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Linking existing and proposed GHG emissions trading schemes in North America




A number of greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes have been implemented or proposed for Canada, the USA and Mexico. Links between those schemes make sense, given the close economic ties between the countries. All of the existing and proposed schemes, except Alberta's, include provisions for unilateral use of credits and/or allowances from other schemes with quantity and qualitative restrictions. A federal scheme in the USA is likely to pre-empt state schemes, with the possible exception of a few states with more stringent schemes, especially if states are given a role in the federal scheme. In Canada, provinces that want-and are able-to establish that their schemes are equivalent to the federal scheme could continue to operate. Canada will have to modify its proposed scheme to achieve its expressed desire of linking with regulatory-based emissions trading schemes in the USA and Mexico.

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  • Erik Haites & Michael Mehling, 2009. "Linking existing and proposed GHG emissions trading schemes in North America," Climate Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(4), pages 373-388, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:tcpoxx:v:9:y:2009:i:4:p:373-388
    DOI: 10.3763/cpol.2009.0622

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    1. Richard S.J. Tol, 2017. "Leaving an emissions trading scheme – insights from the United Kingdom," Working Paper Series 1017, Department of Economics, University of Sussex Business School.
    2. Richard S.J. Tol, 2013. "Long live the Kyoto Protocol!," Chapters,in: Handbook on Energy and Climate Change, chapter 14, pages 344-351 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Georg Grull & Luca Taschini, 2012. "Linking Emission Trading Schemes: A Short Note," Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, International Association for Energy Economics, vol. 0(Number 3).
    4. Peter Zaman & Adam Hedley, 2016. "Networked Carbon Markets," World Bank Other Operational Studies 26430, The World Bank.
    5. Cason, Timothy N. & Gangadharan, Lata, 2011. "Price discovery and intermediation in linked emissions trading markets: A laboratory study," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(7), pages 1424-1433, May.
    6. Pizer, William A. & Yates, Andrew J., 2015. "Terminating links between emission trading programs," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 71(C), pages 142-159.

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