A Framework for Climate or Carbon Neutrality for Local Governments
This paper describes the framework parameters recommended for local governments to establish a claim of climate or carbon neutrality.
The European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) affects requirements for emissions trading and also affects the approaches that local governments must take to climate or carbon neutrality.
The role of voluntary emissions reductions by a city within an ETS compliance regime will always be the subject of debate. Many European local governments own facilities that are included in the mandatory ETS, but they are also active in the field of supporting voluntary emissions reductions. So both approaches need to co-exist, and this document reviews some of these interactions. Sources of emissions that are included in the Emissions Trading Scheme, including the treatment of emissions reductions from international markets can significantly affect domestic voluntary approaches.
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Publisher: ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability European Secretariat
Published in: 2011
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