Title: Will Emission Trading Promote End-use Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects
Citation: Proceedings of ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry
Publisher: ACEEE
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC30969
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC30969
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Will emissions trading, as currently applied in Europe and planned elsewhere, trigger sufficient additional investments in end-use energy efficiency (EUEE) and renewable energy sources (RES) in the near-term? We narrow the discussion to analysis of currently applied emissions trading schemes, notably the EU Emissions Trading System and provide our observations related to this question. Market-based instruments (MBIs) that foster sustainability in the energy sector have been introduced to promote electricity from renewable energy sources and cut harmful emissions. Quota systems coupled with tradable green certificates have been developed and tested in several European countries and some states in the US.Another widely analysed MBI is the tradable emission allowance; the first international CO2 emissions trading system is starting in the European Union. This paper explains the concepts of emissions trading, and of the policy instruments that involve green and white certificates. It discusses the effect of emissions trading on EUEE and RES and the conditions, including design specifics that may hamper or facilitate the wider introduction of EUEE and RES projects. Finally, the paper reviews the desirability and practicality of integration of green and white certificates and their introduction in emission trading.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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