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Should we put a price on carbon?

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The Diamond

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Global carbon emissions must be urgently reduced. Almost all countries have agreed to do their part, but emissions continue to increase. So there is a pressing need to decide how we should deal with the problem. With speakers from industry, policy making, academia, and an NGO, this panel will discuss one proposed solution: putting a price on carbon.

There are different proposals to make people or organisations pay for their emissions. One is a carbon tax, which charges major polluters like energy companies when they emit carbon. Another is that a limit be placed on individual people’s carbon emissions, then allow people to trade their allowances between each other.

What is carbon pricing? Where has carbon pricing already been introduced, and has it been successful so far? What lessons can be learnt from any failures? What is the best way to price carbon? Who should bear the cost of paying and are there any drawbacks? Who should decide the price of carbon? How can carbon pricing be made acceptable to the public? And is pricing carbon even a good idea?

It will be a non-technical discussion suitable for anyone with an interest in what can be done to tackle climate change. Please join us for what promises to be a productive and informative discussion.


We are very fortunate to have four excellent speakers joining us:

Dr Maria Carvalho, policy analyst at the LSE’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and The Environment. She specialises in EU energy and climate policy. She has written advocating carbon taxes on sectors not included in the EU ETS, and on how to make such taxes more acceptable to the public.

Larry Lohmann, campaigner and researcher based at The Corner House. He's written broadly on the politics and economics or climate change, and has argued against carbon markets.

Ross McKenzie, EU Public Affairs Manager, Drax. Drax operates a large power plant located near York. Part of Ross’ role is managing Drax’s participation in the EU ETS.

Dr Tina Fawcett, Senior Researcher and Acting Deputy Leader, ECI Energy Programme, Oxford University. She has worked extensively on personal carbon trading.

Chairperson, Martin Craig, a political economist based in the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute. He works on the ecological political economy.

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