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Climate Policy Complexity: Second-best Regulation of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Industrial Sectors

Research project This project addresses the issue of policy instrument choice for achieving deep reductions of carbon emissions in industrial plants.

Introducing a high and stable price on carbon is often difficult to implement due to competitiveness concerns and other political constraints. There is however historical evidence of policies based on performance standards that have contributed to deep emissions reductions without jeopardizing competitiveness.

Contact information

Ann-Kristin Bergquist
Associate professor
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Project overview

Project period:

2017-01-01 2019-12-31

Funding

Swedish Energy Agency

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Unit of Economic History

Research subject

Economic history
  • Project members
    Ann-Kristin Bergquist
    Associate professor
    E-mail
    Email

    External project members

    Patrik Söderholm, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Luleå University of Technology (project leader)

    Kristina Söderholm, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Luleå University of Technology

Project description

The objective of the project is to investigate the circumstances under which performance standards can: (a) provide scope for deep carbon emission reductions in industry; and (b) promote technological change that brings down the future compliance costs. The project departs from an analytical framework of how a regulation-based transition towards lower emissions in the industrial sector can be studied. This is employed to analyze important
experiences and lessons from industrial pollution regulation in Sweden, Finland and the USA.