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Still time to reclaim the European union emissions trading system for the European tax payer

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  • Ralf Martin
  • Ulrich J. Wagner
  • Mirabelle Muuls

The criteria proposed by the EU Commission to identify industries that will receive free emission permits in the third phase of the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are not restrictive enough. Evidence from interviews with almost 800 managers in Europe shows that most of the sectors entitled to free emission permits are not facing an increased risk of closure or relocation outside of the EU as a consequence of permit auctioning. Free permit allocation is therefore just a transfer of tax payers' money to industry without any additional social benefit. We propose a simple modification of the Commission's criteria for free permit allocation which could save European tax payers at least 7 billion euros annually.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 58005.

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Length: 5 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:58005
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