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How Europe Does It

Cap and Trade from the Continent

by Eric de Place

World Wildlife Fund has a helpful eight-page position statement that outlines the key features of the European Union's cap and trade program (called the Emissions Trading Scheme, or ETS for short.) It does a nice job of hitting on the central mistakes that Europe has made: over-allocation; windfall profits to polluters; and a rickety offsets program.

Unfortunately, the document is not really written for beginners. But folks need more access to good information about Europe's carbon trading program, and I haven't encountered many other good concise descriptions of the ETS. If readers know of any, please let me know.

This piece originally appeared on the Sightline Institute's blog, the Daily Score.

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