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Rate of return requirement for climate versus petroleum projects


  • Emhjellen, Magne


  • Osmundsen, Petter

    () (UiS)


Many sosio-economic rates of returns for climate projects have been used in analysing the present value of the climate benefit. However, little attention has been devoted to profitability assessments based on commercial considerations. Economic valuation of climate projects, seen from the perspective of a commercial company, is the subject of this article. In particular, we examine the required rate of return for a project where the uncertainty in the CO2 quota price is the main market uncertainty. We complement the existing climate literature by examining the required rate of return of a climate project in a Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) setting. We find that the CO2 quota price has slightly more systematic risk in the period calculated than the oil price, and estimate the nominal required rate of return for the value of CO2 reduction to be 7.3 percentage points.

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  • Emhjellen, Magne & Osmundsen, Petter, 2012. "Rate of return requirement for climate versus petroleum projects," UiS Working Papers in Economics and Finance 2012/7, University of Stavanger.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:stavef:2012_007

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    1. Martin L. Weitzman, 2001. "Gamma Discounting," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(1), pages 260-271, March.
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    1. Magne Emhjellen & Petter Osmundsen, 2013. "CCS - Failing to Pass Decision Gates," CESifo Working Paper Series 4525, CESifo Group Munich.
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    Climate Projects; Decision Analysis;

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    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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