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dc.contributor.authorLegge, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorScott, Sue
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-27T11:44:46Z
dc.date.available2018-08-27T11:44:46Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationThomas Legge, Sue Scott, 'Policy Options to Reduce Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions', [Report], ESRI, 2009, ESRI Research Series, ESRI Research Series, 9
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2262/84083
dc.description.abstractA side effect of the economic downturn since 2008 is that Ireland may meet its Kyoto Protocol commitment for 2008-2012 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but that its longer term targets for 2020 and beyond are still stringent. This paper addresses both the political challenge and the economic implications of moving to a low-carbon state. The cost of reducing carbon emissions varies widely and heavy costs could be incurred. A soundly based policy framework that keeps costs down is thus essential, while being mindful of effects on the economy and the vulnerable; the pause in economic growth provides an opportunity for long-term planning. The criteria for policy are primarily threefold: regulatory certainty, including protection from short-term political interference; clearly defined incentives that ensure a credible, long-term price of carbon; and a transparent, dynamic and fair process with which the public can engage. The roles of various policy instruments are discussed, including regulatory and market-based instruments, subsidies and taxation.
dc.language.isoEN
dc.publisherESRI
dc.relation.ispartofseriesESRI Research Series
dc.relation.ispartofseriesESRI Research Series
dc.relation.ispartofseries9
dc.rightsY
dc.subjectclimate change; economic instruments; environmental tax reform
dc.titlePolicy Options to Reduce Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions
dc.typeReport
dc.type.supercollectionrefereed_publications
dc.type.supercollectionscholarly_publications
dc.publisher.placeDublin
dc.rights.ecaccessrightsopenAccess
dc.status.publicpolicyY


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