Publications

Pricing Monitoring Uncertainty in Climate Policy

25 August 2016 - Special issues

This article assesses the environmental and economic efficiency of three different approaches to treat monitoring uncertainty in climate policy, namely prescribing uncertainty, setting minimum certainty thresholds and pricing uncertainty through a discount. Our model of the behavior of profit-maximizing agents demonstrates that under the simplest set of assumptions the regulator has no interest in reducing monitoring uncertainty. However, in the presence of information asymmetry, monitoring uncertainty may hamper the economic and environmental performance of climate policy due to adverse selection. In a mandatory policy, prescribing a reasonable level of uncertainty is preferable if the regulator has enough information to determine this level. For voluntary mechanisms, such as carbon offsets, allowing agents to set their own monitoring uncertainty below a maximum threshold or discounting carbon revenues in proportion to monitoring uncertainty are the best approaches for the regulator to mitigate the negative effects of information asymmetry. These conclusions are much more pronounced when agents do not accrue revenues from their mitigation action, other than carbon. Our analysis of monitoring uncertainty under information asymmetry, which results in heterogeneity in the agents’ benefits from abatement, generalizes the classical trade-off between production efficiency and information rents.

You can download the article HERE  

Pricing Monitoring Uncertainty in Climate Policy Download
To learn more
  • 05/17/2024 Foreword of the week
    Carbon pricing revenues: their role in financing the climate transition

    Last month, the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Simon Stiell, stressed how important this and next year are for the achievement of the Paris Agreement and called for “a quantum leap in climate finance” ahead of the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. Indeed, with emissions required to peak before 2025, our window of opportunity is rapidly closing to keep 1.5°C within reach. More and better finance is urgently needed. Carbon pricing policies and their revenues are part of the tools available that can help fill the climate finance gap.

  • 05/15/2024
    Maximising benefits of carbon pricing through carbon revenue use: A review of international experiences

    Carbon pricing policies and their revenues are part of the tools available that can help fill the climate finance gap. With raising revenues from carbon taxes and emission trading systems (ETSs) that have tripled since the Paris Agreement, and an upward trend that could continue in the medium-term, ‘how to use carbon revenues’ has become a crucial question. This report, prepared as an activity of the EU-funded European Union Climate Dialogues (EUCDs) project, aims to inform policymakers and practitioners on lessons learned and ways forward on the use of carbon revenues, with a comprehensive approach based on a review of international experiences.

  • 05/06/2024
    Appendix tools – Social and Climate Budget Tagging: Insights from Indonesia

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. In suscipit vitae turpis id dignissim. Aenean aliquet quam ac volutpat convallis. Nullam dignissim quis libero eget tempus. Vestibulum cursus odio venenatis, scelerisque augue ac, eleifend leo. Vestibulum sagittis blandit ipsum a ornare. Donec non erat at mauris scelerisque dignissim a sit amet orci. Quisque viverra venenatis magna, vel pharetra tellus laoreet accumsan. Integer vulputate malesuada suscipit. Integer rhoncus, dolor sed facilisis posuere, velit augue lacinia lacus, id fermentum est nulla sodales orci. Quisque et suscipit turpis, sed blandit augue.

See all publications
Press contact Amélie FRITZ Head of Communication and press relations Email
Subscribe to our mailing list :
I register !
Subscribe to our newsletter
Once a week, receive all the information on climate economics
I register !
Fermer