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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2018

Cost-efficient climate policies for interdependent carbon pools

Elofsson, Katarina; Gren, Ing-Marie


The purpose of this paper is to investigate cost-effective climate policy instruments for bioenergy and timber, adapted to the impacts on interdependent forest carbon pools, and applied in the EU climate policy to 2050. We develop a discrete time dynamic model including forest carbon pools in biomass, soil, and products, as well as fossil fuel consumption. The analytical results show that the optimal taxes on forest products depend on the growth in the respective carbon pool. The application to the EU 2050 climate policy for emission trading shows that total costs for target achievement can be reduced by 33 percent if all carbon pools are included, and the carbon tax on fossil fuel can be reduced by 50 percent. Optimal taxes on forest products differ among countries and over time depending on the potential for increased carbon sequestration over the planning period. (C) 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.


EU; Climate policy; Carbon sequestration; Bioenergy; Timber; Policy instruments

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Environmental Modelling and Software
2018, Volume: 101, pages: 86-101

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    • Sustainable Development Goals

      SDG7 Affordable and clean energy
      SDG12 Responsible consumption and production

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      Public Administration Studies

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