Assessing Emission Allocation in Europe: An Interactive Simulation Approach

ZEW Discussion Paper
ZEW Discussion Paper

Assessing Emission Allocation in Europe: An Interactive Simulation Approach

Implementation of an EU-wide emissions trading system by means of National Allocation Plans is at the core of European environmental policy agenda. Member States are faced with the problem of allocating their national emission budgets under the EU Burden Sharing Agreement between energy-intensive sectors that are eligible for international emissions trading and the remaining segments of their economies that will be subject to complementary domestic emission regulation. The country-specific segmentation of national emission budgets between trading sectors and non-trading sectors will determine the cost efficiency of the EU emissions trading system and the gains for each Member State vis-à-vis domestic abatement policies. We present an interactive simulation model where users can specify the design of National Allocation Plans for each EU Member State and then evaluate the induced economic effects. Our numerical framework is based on marginal abatement cost curves for (emissions) trading and non-trading sectors of the EU-15 economies. Illustrative simulations highlight the importance of a coordinated design of National Allocation Plans in order to avoid substantial excess costs of regulation and drastic burden shifting between nontrading and trading sectors.

Böhringer, Christoph, Tim Hoffmann, Andreas Lange, Andreas Löschel and Ulf Moslener (2004), Assessing Emission Allocation in Europe: An Interactive Simulation Approach, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 04-40, Mannheim.