Partner voices: blogs, opinions, and analysis
Dr. Robert Stavins provides a brief summary of his new paper “The Future of U.S. Carbon-Pricing Policy”. The full paper can be downloaded here. In his paper and in this blog, Dr. Stavins explores two questions: (1) how do the two major approaches to carbon pricing (carbon taxes and cap and trade) compare on relevant dimensions, including but not limited to efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and distributional equity? (2) Which approach is more likely to be adopted in the future in the United States?
Without mitigating actions, global temperatures are projected to rise by 4oC above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century—with increasing and irreversible risks of collapsing ice sheets, inundation of low-lying island states, extreme weather events, and runaway warming scenarios.
This week, representatives from government, business and civil society are gathering at the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition’s High-Level Assembly to discuss how carbon pricing can be used to shift investments towards low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, and how carbon pricing can address broader social concerns.
As carbon pricing gains increasing attention around the world, it’s essential that policies are informed by independent and sound analysis. The Carbon Tax Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy is pleased to join the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition to offer its analytical expertise and learn from CPLC members about the opportunities and challenges of carbon pricing. CGEP’s initiative helps policymakers, businesses, and other leaders understand carbon pricing and the impacts on the economy, emissions and energy markets.
Carbon pricing in the news
Integrating carbon pricing into investment decision making and ensuring that carbon pricing policies are designed with consideration of social and development concerns were the two key topics of discussion at the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) Fourth Annual High-Level Assembly (HLA) that took place during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings.
In early March, the Carbon Tax Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) joined the CPLC as an official partner. The Initiative explores key questions and implications related to the design and implementation of a carbon tax in the United States. Check out some of their work here.
On Tuesday, March 19 at Africa Climate Week, the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) hosted a Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) workshop on Carbon Pricing, Markets, and Sustainable Development in Africa. This all-day event showcased how policies and programs to put a price on carbon can mobilize climate investment, drive social benefit, and reduce carbon pollution. The agenda featured key stakeholders who are either implementing, considering, or advancing carbon pricing—including representatives from Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, South Africa, Rwanda, Senegal and Nigeria.
UN Climate Change News, Accra, 20 March 2019 – Africa Climate Week in Accra, Ghana, got firmly underway this morning with the commencement of the high-level segment at the capital’s Convention Center. The overriding message being heard at this Regional Climate Week is that a ‘bright and happy future’ will be largely compromised without the proper financing, which also needs to be de-risked to encourage flows of finance to the 54 African nations. There are some positive signals: the World Bank Group last week announced $22.5 billion over 2021-2025 in climate support in Africa – a commitment which acted as a precursor to their co-hosting of a ‘Carbon Pricing Day’ on the margins of the Africa Climate Week, highlighting how innovative policies and programs can mobilize climate investments, drive social benefits, and reduce carbon pollutions.
Launched in May 2017, the Carbon Pricing Dashboard is an interactive online platform that provides up-to-date information on existing and emerging carbon pricing initiatives around the world.
Change in numbers as of February 1, 2019:
46 national jurisdictions and 28 subnational jurisdictions are putting a price on carbon.
57 carbon pricing initiatives are implemented or scheduled for implementation
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