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03 Feb 2009 06:02:09

RSA: Community will motivate people to cut carbon

RSA: Community will motivate people to cut carbon
A system of personal carbon budgets, which works on a community scale, could be in place by 2020 according to think tank RSA.

The Carbon Limited project studied the potential for personal carbon trading – giving people emissions allowances they have to live within and trade with each other if they exceed them.

The team of researchers concluded that a basic system could give rise to inequalities and would be politically difficult to introduce.

In the final report, Carbon Limited has suggested a community scale solution in which local authorities, employers or other organisations handle people's carbon emissions allowances for them.

The community organisation would help individuals make cuts, by offering incentives, such as lower council tax or days off work, or investments to cut emissions such as in clean technology.

It could also trade the carbon allowances on behalf of its members, who would be more likely to make the cuts as part of a group than on their own.

Mr Prescott told the Guardian: "Some people will adopt greener living because they think it's the right thing to do, but the bulk of the population need to feel that they are part of a movement."

The European Emission Trading Scheme requires large companies to acquire enough carbon allowances to cover their yearly emissions. After auctions or, currently, handouts, the companies have to trade among themselves to ensure they have enough allowances.



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