CPLC Research Conference


World's First International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing is set for February 14-15, 2019 in New Delhi, India. Convened by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the conference aims to better understand the existing research base on carbon pricing and explore key topics including learning from experience, carbon pricing design, concepts and methods, political economy, decarbonizing the economy, and emerging frontiers.

Selected Abstracts

The Scientific Committee received over 140 abstracts from authors from all over the globe on topics ranging   from the use of carbon pricing instruments in specific jurisdictions to internal carbon pricing in the private sector, the role of revenues and distributional issues, optimal tax/policy design, linking carbon markets, the role of carbon pricing in different sector (transport, building, aviation and maritime transport), the synergy with other policies, the role of new technology, pricing instruments and trade  and the role of (floor) prices in realizing the goals of the Paris agreement.

The Committee selected 45 abstracts to deliver a full paper (between 5000-7500 words) for presentation at the conference. Draft papers will have to be presented by Sept 28th to info@carbonpricingleadership.org for final consideration and comments by the Scientific Committee.

After the final round of comments, the papers will be presented at the CPLC Research Conference to be held on February 14-15, 2019 in New Delhi.

The full list of abstracts selected is below.


Learning from Experience

Ryan Rafaty, Does Pricing Carbon Reduce Emissions? Evidence from Twenty OECD Countries

Kurt Van Dender, The Use of Revenue from Carbon Pricing

Julius Andersson, Cars, Carbon Taxes and CO2 Emissions

Eoin Ó Broin, Carbon Tax and Energy Demand in Buildings: A Comparison for Different European Countries

Wei Guo, Key Challenges of Converging China’s ETS Pilots into National Carbon Emission Trading Market

Arjuna Dibley, Sequencing for Success or Something Else? The Development and Future of Mexico’s Carbon Tax


Carbon Pricing Design

John Byrd, Internal Carbon Pricing and Carbon Emission Reductions: An Analysis of Early and Second Round Adopters versus Non-Adopters

Jonathan Lu, A Proposal for a Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy in the State of New Jersey

Martin Rabbia, The Feasibility of Applying a Carbon Tax in Sub-national Jurisdictions

Add ‘Nat’l’ to subtheme: Aya Naito, Identifying Policy Designs Best Suited for Carbon Pricing in Japan Using Global Examples

Nanda Kumar Janardhanan, The Future of the PAT Programme in India

Richard Clarke, Carbon Intensity Weighting: Boosting the Low Carbon Transition

Alexander Golub, Theoretical Analysis of a Twin Deferral Strategy and the Risk-adjusted Price of Carbon

Clayton Munnings, How Low Should We Go? Lessons Learned From Setting Caps in Emissions Trading Systems


Concepts and Methods

Anouk Faure, Modeling Emissions Trading Systems and Design Reforms: An Application to the EU ETS

Raphaël Olivier, Corporate Internal Carbon Pricing under a Performative Perspective

Shelagh Whitley, Estimating Effective Carbon Prices at the Sector and National Level: Taking into Account Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Meriem Hamdi-Cherif, Global Carbon Pricing: When and What Flexibilities Revisited in a Second-best Framework

Florian Kapmeier, Meeting the Paris Climate Goals: Ambitious Carbon Pricing and Its Complementary Policies

Gilbert E. Metcalf, An Emissions Assurance Mechanism: Modeling a Hybrid Carbon Tax

Robert Ritz, When Is a Carbon Price Floor Desirable?

Roberton Williams, Mechanisms to Reduce Emissions Uncertainty under a Carbon Tax

Stefan Weishaar, New Pathways for Carbon Pricing: The Dutch Experience


Political Economy

David Klenert, Making Carbon Pricing Work for Citizens

Kerstin Burghaus, Lobbying, Relocation Risk and Allocation of Free Allowances in the EU ETS

Sébastien Postic, Using Carbon Revenues to Support a Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Development: Lessons from Country Case Studies and Guiding Principles

Gabriela Mundaca, Carbon Pricing to Reduce Carbon Emissions from International Goods Transport

Tyler Tarnoczi, Addressing Competitiveness of Emissions-intensive Trade-exposed Sectors: An Analysis of Alberta’s Carbon Pricing Regime

Sergey Chestnoy, Global Carbon Pricing as a Mechanism to Strengthen Competitiveness and Reduce GHG in Energy-intensive Trade-exposed Sectors


Decarbonizing the Economy

Rachel Cleetus, Carbon Pricing Design Options to Address Co-pollutant Hotspots

Dirk Heine, Financing Low-Carbon Transitions through Carbon Pricing and Green Bonds

Ulrike Kornek, Inequality and the Social Cost of Carbon: How National Redistribution Shapes Optimal Climate Policy

Martin Burian, Leveraging Private Sector Investment in Energy Efficiency: Pilot Case Studies of Selected South African Countries

Rebekah Hughes-Khan, A Critical Review of South Africa’s Future Carbon Tax Regime

Daniela Gutiérrez Torres, Interaction Between the Carbon Tax and Renewable Energy Support Schemes in Colombia: Complementary or Overlapping?

Mariza Montes de Oca León et al., Emissions Trading and Electricity Sector Regulation: a Conceptual Framework for Understanding Interaction Between Carbon Prices and Electricity Prices

Adrien Vogt-Schilb, Instrument Choice and Stranded Assets in the Transition to Clean Capital

Charlotte Vailles, Restoring the Effectiveness of the EU ETS to Reach an Increased Long-term Climate Ambition


Emerging Frontiers

Tamiksha Singh, Assessing the Scope and Benefits of Linking Carbon Markets: A Study on the PAT & REC Markets in India

Johannes Ackva, Comparative Analysis of the Stringency of Heterogenous Carbon Pricing Instruments: An Applied Approach

Henrique Schneider, Blockchain and Double Counting

Alexander Golub, Cooperative Carbon Pricing under the Paris Agreement

Stuart Evans, Australia-EU ETS Linking Negotiations: Lessons for the Post-Paris World

Ruben Lubowski, Estimating the Power of International Carbon Markets to Increase Ambition


Powerful tools are needed to achieve the large-scale emission reductions required under the Paris Agreement. Putting a price on carbon pollution is one of the most potent and efficient strategies used by governments and businesses alike to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.  Notably, more than 100 countries are considering use of carbon pricing initiatives as part of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), through emissions trading within or across borders, international crediting, carbon taxation and other measures.

The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) was established to provide a forum for collaborative personal and organizational leadership on carbon pricing. It aims to foster bold leadership on many levels – by governments, companies, and the academic and NGO communities – to drive action and collaboration to implement effective carbon pricing policies and bring an increasing share of global emissions under a carbon pricing instrument.

Over the past several years, we have seen a proliferation of carbon pricing approaches around the world and an increase in the diversity of such approaches. Research has underpinned much of the progress made to date and helped understand, inter alia, design features of carbon pricing instruments; success factors for effective implementation; ways to address market and competitive distortions; and the role and alignment of companion policies. In addition, a growing body of experience and data is accumulating from the operation and modelling of different carbon pricing approaches, from which much can be learned. The application of carbon pricing instruments has revealed new or persistent challenges around market stability and liquidity; managing transitions and impacts in relation to carbon intensive sectors and communities; addressing overlapping policies; combining carbon pricing instruments; expanding the scope of carbon pricing to more heterogeneous sectors of the economy; and adjusting system designs over time to realise committed ambition levels.

Research and analysis can underpin effective carbon pricing design and implementation. With the goal to strengthen the knowledge base on carbon pricing and foster an improved understanding of the evolving challenges to its successful application, the CPLC will convene researchers and practitioners for a CPLC Research Conference, scheduled to take place in February 2019. Leveraging its high-level membership of governments, the private sector, and civil society organisations, the Coalition will draw on outcomes of this conference to help bridge the existing gap between theory and practice, and to inform future decisions taken by policy makers and corporate leaders.

Members of the carbon pricing research community are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration in the CPLC Research Conference. Proposed papers can originate from any discipline, including – but not limited to – economics, political science, international relations, and law, or be interdisciplinary in approach. Accepted papers will be of the highest academic quality, offer relevant insights for practice, and aspire to shape the next frontier of carbon pricing research and policy. Many countries have included carbon pricing in their NDCs, and negotiators are working to agree on the rules for Article 6 of the Paris Agreement at COP24. Abstracts are encouraged to consider the links with these crucial developments in the climate change negotiations and implications for design, advancement, and NDC implementation and partnership support.

Abstracts from young and emerging scholars as well as from researchers based in developing countries are particularly welcome. Travel and accommodation funding will be available for selected participants. Abstracts and outcomes of the conference will be published in conference proceedings, and selected papers will be published in an academic journal or a conference volume with a leading academic publisher.

Relevant research themes include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Learning from past and current experience: Case studies on carbon pricing design and implementation, performance review and evaluation, comparing carbon pricing systems and their effects, understanding actors and affected markets, results of modelling to assess/compare environmental, macroeconomic, and distributional outcomes of different approaches, etc.;

  • Political economy of carbon pricing: Political acceptance and feasibility of carbon pricing, use of carbon pricing revenue, distributional effects of carbon pricing, dealing with adverse impacts of carbon pricing, etc.;

  • Carbon pricing and development: Financing sustainable development with carbon pricing, fiscal aspects of carbon pricing, co-benefits of carbon pricing (indirect effects on pollution, employment implications, economic diversification), pathways to a just transition, etc.;

  • Carbon pricing and competitiveness: Understanding impacts of carbon pricing on competitiveness, effects and limitations of policy options to address leakage and competitiveness concerns (free allocation, tax exemptions, alternative approaches), etc.;

  • Role of carbon pricing in decarbonisation: Complementary policies and policy interactions, hybrid approaches to carbon pricing, dynamic effects and climate policy ambition, role of carbon pricing in innovation and energy transition, internal carbon pricing, etc.;

  • Emerging frontiers of carbon pricing: Linkage and convergence of carbon pricing systems, policy transfer and diffusion across jurisdictions, extending carbon pricing to new sectors (aviation, shipping, agriculture and forestry), carbon pricing under the Paris Agreement (e.g. operationalisation of Art. 6 and NDC (Partnership) support), etc.

Abstracts of 150 words are due by April 15th 2018, and should be submitted using the form below. If you have any questions, email the CPLC Secretariat at: info@carbonpricingleadership.org. All submissions will undergo review and selection by a Scientific Committee chaired by Michael Mehling (MIT) and Andrei Marcu (ICTSD). Selection decisions will be communicated by May 31st 2018, and full papers for conference presentation are due by September 28th, 2018. Conference proceedings will be published in an edited volume and/or a high-impact, peer-reviewed journal.

Further information on the conference format and objectives, the Scientific Committee, and opportunities for academic engagement with the CPLC can be obtained from Michael Mehling (mmehling@mit.edu) and Andrei Marcu (amarcu@ictsd.ch).


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