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Personal carbon allowances revisited

16 August, 2021

Personal carbon allowances revisited

Tina Fawcett

Research paper   Policy & Governance

Francesco Fuso Nerini, Tina Fawcett, Yael Parag and Paul Ekins


Here we discuss how personal carbon allowances (PCAs) could play a role in achieving ambitious climate mitigation targets. We argue that recent advances in AI for sustainable development, together with the need for a low-carbon recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, open a new window of opportunity for PCAs. Furthermore, we present design principles based on the Sustainable Development Goals for the future adoption of PCAs. We conclude that PCAs could be trialled in selected climate-conscious technologically advanced countries, mindful of potential issues around integration into the current policy mix, privacy concerns and distributional impacts.

Publication details

Fuso Nerini, F., Fawcett, T., Parag, Y. and Ekins, P. 2021. Personal carbon allowances revisited. Nature Sustainability, 4: 1025–1031. doi: 10.1038/s41893-021-00756-wOpens in a new tab 

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