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Blog post: Carbon trading applied on an individual level – Personal carbon allowances

Tina Fawcett's blog post discusses the radical vision of personal carbon allowances, applying the concept of carbon trading at an individual level, as an idea for reducing carbon emissions. She argues the scheme would need to be practical and persuasive enough for people and households to reduce their emissions, and work in a similar manner as carbon trading. Each adult would have a carbon allowance, with the option of buying and selling carbon units as needed. While there are questions about the fairness of such a policy, it could target individual behavior, encourage discussion and engage citizens in climate change mitigation.

Citation

FAWCETT, T., 2014, Radical vision of personal carbon allowances could be the answer to greenhouse gas glut. The Conversation.

Read the full blog post here.

Tina Fawcett's blog post discusses the radical vision of personal carbon allowances, applying the concept of carbon trading at an individual level, as an idea for reducing carbon emissions. She argues the scheme would need to be practical and persuasive enough for people and households to reduce their emissions, and work in a similar manner as carbon trading. Each adult would have a carbon allowance, with the option of buying and selling carbon units as needed. While there are questions about the fairness of such a policy, it could target individual behavior, encourage discussion and engage citizens in climate change mitigation.

Citation

FAWCETT, T., 2014, Radical vision of personal carbon allowances could be the answer to greenhouse gas glut. The Conversation.

Read the full blog post here.

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