Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop by Antoine Dechezlepretre, LSE
|Dates:||4 October 2016|
|Times:||13:00 - 14:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Title: Do pollution offsets offset pollution? Evidence from the Clean Development Mechanism in India.
Abstract: We provide the first large-scale empirical evaluation of the additionality of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, the largest carbon emissions offset mechanism in the world, based on the universe of wind power projects implemented in India during the period 1993-2013. We deal with the self-selection of project developers into the CDM by comparing CDM projects with non-CDM projects, which are by definition not additional. We find strong evidence that the majority of CDM projects are not additional, suggesting that a large share of CDM carbon credits does not represent real emission reductions. Furthermore, the more profitable projects are, the more likely they are to receive carbon credits. Hence, the CDM is doing the opposite of its objective function, i.e. supporting projects that would have existed anyway rather than inframarginal projects.
Role: Associate Professor
Organisation: London School of Economics
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