Cap and Share – A fair way to cut greenhouse emissions

May 29, 2008 Comments Off on Cap and Share – A fair way to cut greenhouse emissions

Drastic cuts in the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are required to avoid a climate catastrophe. A worldwide agreement to secure such cuts will be impossible to negotiate unless both the pain and the benefits are shared equitably around the world. Moreover, the sharing system must be robust enough to ensure that the cuts agreed actually happen. Cap & Share is both robust and equitable. It has the additional advantage that, until it is adopted globally, it can be used by individual countries to make sure their emissions take a downward path. This 32 page Feasta booklet explains how C&S could …

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Submission to the Irish Commission on Taxation

May 21, 2008 Comments Off on Submission to the Irish Commission on Taxation

This submission covers a range of topics related to taxation. It includes an outline of the reasoning behind Feasta’s advocacy of a shift from taxes on work to taxes on rent (such as a land value tax) and the need for a quota system to control carbon emissions.

This submission can be downloaded as a PDF Version.…

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Submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Carbon Cycles and Sinks

Apr 24, 2008 Comments Off on Submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Carbon Cycles and Sinks

Feasta made this submission in collaboration with CELT (Centre for Environmental Living and Training). It explains the reasoning behind using carbon sinks as a way to mitigate climate change and suggests ways to incorporate the use of sinks into existing agricultural practice in Ireland.

The full submission can be downloaded as a PDF Version

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EENGO submission to the Irish National Sustainable Development Strategy

Feb 06, 2008 Comments Off on EENGO submission to the Irish National Sustainable Development Strategy

The Environmental (Ecological) NGO is an umbrella group of Irish NGOs which includes Feasta, and this submission to the Irish National Sustainable Development Strategy discusses the urgent need for a change in Irish governmental policy on the environment. It emphasises the need for effective risk management, a focus on wellbeing rather than GDP as a goal, recognition of commons rights in addition to information, communication and participation rights, and decentralised and democratised energy and carbon capture.…

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Cap and Share Overview in Russian

Jan 03, 2008 Comments Off on Cap and Share Overview in Russian

Russian speakers can now find an overview of Cap and Share here. …

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2007 Feasta Annual Lecture: Who Owns The Sky? – Peter Barnes

Nov 01, 2007 Comments Off on 2007 Feasta Annual Lecture: Who Owns The Sky? – Peter Barnes

The 2007 speaker was successful US social entrepreneur and author Peter Barnes. Peter's work explores how a "cap and rebate" system is our best bet for an ethical and economic framework to stabilise the climate. His previous career has ranged from setting up one of the first solar energy companies in California to pioneering the use of charity credit cards and ethical phone services at www.workingassets.com.

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A comparison of TEQs and C&S

Jul 16, 2007 Comments Off on A comparison of TEQs and C&S

This table compares two fossil fuel control mechanisms, the downstream Tradable Energy Quotas developed by David Fleming and the upstream Cap and Share developed by Feasta. The table can also be downloaded here.…

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The Great Emissions Rights Give-Away

Mar 11, 2007 Comments Off on The Great Emissions Rights Give-Away

The EU’s emissions trading system should be scrapped in its present form and replaced with a much fairer, less distorting system, according to this briefing paper from Feasta’s Climate and Energy working group. The paper lists twelve reasons why the scheme is misconceived and proposes that, instead of emissions permits for 45% of the EU’s greenhouse emissions, currently worth €170 billion a year, being given free to 11,500 giant companies, permits for 100% of the emissions should give given on an equal per capita basis to every EU resident.…

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Emissions Rationing and the Oil Price Crisis

Mar 10, 2007 Comments Off on Emissions Rationing and the Oil Price Crisis

This briefing paper examines a way in which the poor in many countries could be protected if, as oil and gas get scarcer, their cost goes higher and higher over the years ahead.

The content of this briefing paper is included below, or download the original document.
This document is an updated version of a November 2005 document.

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Submission of Evidence to the ERFA Committee’s examination of international climate policy post-2012

Jan 05, 2007 Comments Off on Submission of Evidence to the ERFA Committee’s examination of international climate policy post-2012

PDF version of this submission

Executive Summary

  • There is an urgent need for climate action but the UNFCCC process is moving at a snail’s pace. It has become a Gordian Knot of complexity. A simpler process could cut through the knot and lead to a climate treaty being achieved in a relatively short period.
  • The overall goals of the process need to be established. If these can be kept simple, it is much easier for competing schemes to be compared and for existing schemes such as the EU ETS to be used to achieve them.
  • Simple schemes are also the
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Feasta’s response to the European Commission’s proposal concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft

Dec 20, 2006 Comments Off on Feasta’s response to the European Commission’s proposal concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft

Feasta has issued a press release (pdf format, 76K) in response to today’s proposal by the European Commission concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft. We believe that the Commission’s proposal would distort competition between all forms of transport, hand windfall profits to airlines rather than citizens, and would fail to provide a model for the overall reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. We suggest an alternative approach which would involve placing a limit on emissions and other environmental damage from the entire transport sector. You can read about this in more detail in a background briefing (pdf format, …

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Controlling the environmental impact of the transport sector

Dec 20, 2006 Comments Off on Controlling the environmental impact of the transport sector

Feasta issued these two documents in response to a proposal by the European Commission concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft. We believe that the Commission’s proposal would distort competition between all forms of transport, hand windfall profits to airlines rather than citizens, and would fail to provide a model for the overall reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. We suggest an alternative approach which would involve placing a limit on emissions and other environmental damage from the entire transport sector.

Background Briefing: Controlling the environmental impact of the transport sector
Press Release: Feasta’s response to EU aviation proposals

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Slideshow on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from the UNSCD meeting

May 12, 2006 Comments Off on Slideshow on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from the UNSCD meeting

by Nicola Creighton

This year was a ‘review year’ at the 14th session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development in New York, but there was nonetheless an unstated core topic, both at the official and the side events: energy, with a recurrent focus on energy access for developing countries. FEASTA’s focus at CSD was on gaining support for a substantial review of the EU’s deeply flawed Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).…

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