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KfW/ZEW CO2 Barometer 2010: Short Edition

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  • The EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) creates only weak incentives for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions
  • So far, costs emerging due to emissions trading have very little influence on strategic location decisions of regulated firms
  • Options for a stricter design of the EU ETS should be considered


The ZEW study "Willingness to Pay for Climate Protection" was successfully finished in March 2010. During the study, the participants bought 52.5 tons of CO2. The ZEW will now offset this amount of CO2 emission allowances.



Current Publications

Heindl, Peter (2012), Transaction Costs and Tradable Permits: Empirical Evidence from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 12-021, Mannheim. Download

Heindl, Peter and Andreas Löschel (2012), Designing Emissions Trading in Practice - General Considerations and Experiences from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), ZEW Discussion Paper No. 12-009, Mannheim. Download

Kesternich, Martin, Andreas Lange and Bodo Sturm (2012), The Impact of Burden Sharing Rules on the Voluntary Provision of Public Goods, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 12-033, Mannheim. Download

Hübler, Michael and Andreas Löschel (2012), The EU Decarbonisation Roadmap 2050: What Way to Walk?, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 12-055, Mannheim. Download

Hübler, Michael, Michael Finus and Andreas Löschel (2012), Is a Non-cooperative Climate and Technology Solution More Likely than a Cooperative Solution?.

ZEW's Gateway to Climate Policy

Climate policy is a very young and dynamic business. Its global dimension and impacts on economic sectors offer a wide range of interesting questions for policy-oriented economic research. The main foci of our research are the Kyoto Protocol, possible alternatives concerning future international climate policies, and ways of implementing them on national and European levels. The work carried out by ZEW can be subdivided into the following highly interlinked topics:

The goal of our research is to offer recommendations for policymakers and decision-makers in the private sectors as to how they can develop the climate policy regime properly. To this end, ZEW combines qualitative and quantitative research approaches and fulfills its role actively as an observer in international climate negotiations.


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