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Personal Carbon Credits

I’ve often thought that it would be a good idea to give each person a carbon quota – in the vain hope that they’d possibly gain some awareness of what their 4-litre SUV is doing to the environment. The only problem I thought was that the rich would just buy spare credit from the poor and nothing would actually change (except, perhaps, that the poor can no longer “afford” to heat their home because they sold all their carbon credits to a SUV driver).

I’m not sure if there are any answers to this problem but apparently MP’s are now considering a personal carbon credit proposal based on work done at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Reseach. There’s also the Tradable Energy Quotas proposal from 1996, which I wasn’t aware of.