Should we put a price on carbon?

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, 11 May 2018
Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures , Lecture Theatre 6 The Diamond 32 Leavygreave Road Sheffield, United Kingdom

Global carbon emissions must be urgently reduced. Almost all countries have agreed to do their part, but emissions continue to increase. So there is a pressing need to decide how we should deal with the problem. With speakers from industry, policy making, academia, and an NGO, this panel will discuss one proposed solution: putting a price on carbon.

There are different proposals to make people or organisations pay for their emissions. One is a carbon tax, which charges major polluters like energy companies when they emit carbon. Another is that a limit be placed on individual people’s carbon emissions, then allow people to trade their allowances between each other.

What is carbon pricing? Where has carbon pricing already been introduced, and has it been successful so far? What lessons can be learnt from any failures? What is the best way to price carbon? Who should bear the cost of paying and are there any drawbacks? Who should decide the price of carbon? How can carbon pricing be made acceptable to the public? And is pricing carbon even a good idea?

UKERC Researcher Tina Fawcett will be speaking about her work on personal carbon trading, funded by UKERC.

It will be a non-technical discussion suitable for anyone with an interest in what can be done to tackle climate change. Please join them for what promises to be a productive and informative discussion.

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