An Emerging Market for the Environment: A Guide to Emissions Trading

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United Nations Environment Programme, 2002 - Business & Economics - 41 pages
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Since its inclusion in the Kyoto Protocol, as one of three market-based mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an international emissions trading system has attracted widespread interest. This guide provides information for the non-specialist on the concept of emissions trading, including a simple theoretical model of an emissions trading system, with an emphasis on its economic advantages in comparison to more conventional forms of regulation. It also explores different system designs and their environmental aims, examples of existing systems with their performance to date, and how future systems may develop.

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