The world's carbon markets

A case study guide to emissions trading

Emission trading programs (or carbon markets) cap and cut climate pollution, harnessing the power of market forces to drive carbon pollution down and spur investment into innovative technologies.

Carbon markets are now underway in over 50 jurisdictions around the world that are home to over 1 billion people.

In these case studies, co-authored by Peter Sopher and Daniel Francis, you will find detailed information about the key design elements and unique features of 19 multi-national, national, regional and local emissions trading systems that are operating or being considered to address climate change.

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