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Options for tackling climate change. A social cost-benefit analysis of GHG emissions reduction strategies
Egenhofer, C.; Jansen, J.C.; Bakker, S.J.A.; Jussila Hammes, J.
Gepubliceerd door: Publicatie datum:
ECN Beleidsstudies 9-11-2006
ECN publicatienummer: Publicatie type:
ECN-B--07-001 Boek(hoofdstuk)
Aantal pagina's: Volledige tekst:
164 Download PDF  (1416kB)

Gepubliceerd in: Revisiting EU policy options for tackling climate change, 1, 146, 978-92-9079-631-2, CEPS.

There is a growing consensus that climate change is a serious and long-term challenge with potentially irreversible consequences. The world has agreed in the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to stabilise greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that prevents dangerous climate change. Given the scale of the challenge, i.e. reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in industrialised countries by 80 or 90% from today’s level by the end of the century, carefully designed policies are in order that attempt to identify the most cost-effective approaches from a societal perspective. Current designs of both national and international climate change policies today, however, tend to rest on a narrow application of social costbenefit analysis with an emphasis on short-term efficiency of resource allocation. In contrast, this exploratory study sets out to integrate, from a societal perspective, long-term impacts of climate policy measures in the costbenefit analysis. This is done on the basis of a literature review, combined with some own calculations. The numerical application of the proposed analytical framework focuses on ten technical measures in three different sectors: energy and industry, transport and buildings.

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