The Canadian Regulatory Framework for carbon trading: Sailing away from consensus while waiting for the U.S. Federal Scheme

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There is a lot of controversy on Parliament Hill in Canada regarding the greenhouse gas policy to be enacted. It is very difficult to assess the latest proposed framework without suggesting a political view or without analysing the economic context of Canadian actors involved in the emissions trading market. The purpose of this article is to briefly articulate the main controversial issue of said framework: the baseline-and-credit-intensity- targets scheme for emissions trading. The analysis underlines the main criterion for the efficiency of emissions trading schemes and flexible mechanisms in general: the costs incurred for industry and for public administration.

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