WIT Press


Environmental Pollution And Tradable Transportation Rights In Europe

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/UT040701

Volume

75

Pages

14

Published

2004

Size

256 kb

Author(s)

E. Crals, M. Keppens & L. Vereeck

Abstract

Following the Kyoto Protocol, the European Union has accepted to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 8% compared to 1990 by the years 2008-2012. Recently, European parliament has decided to set up an emissions rights trading system for energy intensive sectors within the European Union by 2005. This program may later be extended to other areas such as transport, which is the fastest growing producer of greenhouse gases. The Kyoto Protocol provides different flexible implementation mechanisms. Out of four different schemes of tradable emissions rights, the cap-and-trade system seems most suitable for the transport sector because it provides better incentives for technological innovation. This still leaves several threshold, design and implementation issues to be settled. It is reasoned why a trada

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