Cap and Share

Cap and Share is a way of eliminating fossil fuel production, an alternative to ‘carbon rations’ or carbon taxes. It has two basic premises: firstly, that to stop runaway climate change, we need to cap, or limit, our carbon emissions at the source of extraction or import, and secondly, that any money generated by the sale of permits for extract or importing fossil fuels should be shared equally by the population.

Cap and Share has its own dedicated website here. A sister website for the CapGlobalCarbon initiative, which places Cap and Share in a global context, is at www.capglobalcarbon.org.

Cap and Share is the focus of our publication Sharing for Survival: Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society, which includes chapters on the commons, policy packages that would be needed alongside Cap and Share, the logistics of managing the share on a global level and how governance could be handled.

Below you’ll find an archive of Feasta blog articles and Feasta submissions that involve Cap and Share.

Cap and Share: Phase 1; policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions Interim Final Report

This 106-page report was commissioned by Comhar, the Irish Sustainable Development Council, from the British consultancy AEA Energy and Environment. It discusses how Cap and Share could be used at a national level to control Ireland’s greenhouse emissions. It is very favourable to Cap and Share and shows that it is superior to a carbon tax. Printed copies are available for €25 postpaid from the Feasta office or can be downloaded here.…

Will Howard: a tribute by Brian Davey

Will had his own way of learning that he had a terminal illness – he wasn’t going to give up. He was going to fight it. He was going to live as long as he could because he had campaigning to do. He continued fighting his illness so that he could keep campaigning right to the last. The last time I spoke to him he told me that the chemotherapy had not gone well – and then he asked me in a weak voice whether there were any urgent decisions to be made in our Cap and Share work.

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Obituary: Will Howard (1951-2008)

Will Howard setting off on his cycle ride to Brussels in 2007 to promote Cap and Share.

Will was born in Cambridge on 14th December 1951. His father, Dr Harold Howard, was Deputy Director at the Plant Breeding Institute there, and bred potatoes to be resilient to various insects. The story goes that he was working on two varieties of potatoes and came home and asked his family for names.…

Cap and Share to be analysed for Comhar

Comhar, the Irish National Sustainability Council, has contracted AEA Energy and Environment, a major British consultancy, to analyse Feasta’s Cap and Share concept as a tool to control Ireland’s road transport emissions. The policy analysis part of the report should be completed by the end of February and, if the verdict is favourable, another consultancy, Cambridge Econometrics, will be given a contract to use its E3ME model to explore the effects that this use of C&S would have on the Irish economy in comparison with using a carbon tax or fuel excise duty to achieve the same result. Both studies …