The social cost of carbon

In case you didn't make it, download the slides here and read Nicola's report here. Thank you Professor Grubb for an interesting and thought provoking talk.

Date: Monday 2nd March 2015
Time: 7.30-9.00pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, CB5 8BA Free entry, donations welcome, no need to book For further information, please contact Nicola Terry. Read Oscar's blog here and Nicola's blog here

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Many of us are making changes in our lives towards a low carbon world, but to make this happen on a wider scale we need serious, hard-hitting economic measures too. What are the options, how do they work, and are they practical in the real world?

The polluter pays principle means we should all pay for the carbon emissions we are responsible for, such as when we use energy from fossil fuel. Under the current EU scheme we pay for some of our emissions only, through tradable allowances for industrial emitters. However the price is very low. Could this be fixed? What would happen if all sectors including home energy and travel were included? What about a carbon tax, with a fixed price? Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy at UCL and senior advisor to Ofgem will explain some of the alternatives in current use and proposed. Maybe none of them are sufficient and we need something else as well. Our program includes plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Nicola says: I loved this book. It isn't just about carbon pricing - it's about what needs to happen for us to make changes at all levels, from day to day choices to game changing new technologies.