Background

Carbon Consumption-based Accounting and Policy (Carbon-CAP)

This project aimeded to stimulate innovative European and international demand side oriented climate policies and services. It generated more reliable and improved insights about consumption based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Year: 2014 Past Project

  • Overview

    A more effective policy mix was needed to achieve the objectives of the EU Climate and Energy package. The FP7 Carbon-CAP (Carbon emission mitigation by consumption-based accounting and policy) project aimed to stimulate innovative European and international demand side oriented climate policies and services. It generated more reliable and improved insights about consumption based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. 

    There is a huge variation in how EU climate policies are formulated, on a national and regional level. They vary in stringency and approach, due to a diversity of economic development and political cultures in EU countries. However, in this period, all were focused on decarbonising production sectors, ignoring that growing consumption was the main driver behind rising GHG emissions.

    Complementing policies and initiatives (Energy 2020, Kyoto Protocol, Energy Roadmap 2050 etc.), consumption–based carbon emission accounts (CBCA) and consumption-based and trade related climate policy (CBTP) offered a possibility to address and partially mitigate the effect of differences in national climate policies. This can be done by taking into account GHG emissions during the entire life cycle of consumed products and services.

    Climate Strategies established interaction and mutual learning processes between the project team and external stakeholders. These include experts and policy makers from UNFCCC, IPCC, other regions in the world with different stages of development, and key players from relevant sectors of the economy.

  • Partners

    The consortium is led by Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), and comprises University of Leiden, University of Cambridge, University College London, Climate Strategies, DIW Berlin, NTNU, Vienna University of Economics, ICTSD, Cambridge Econometrics, IPTS.

    For further information, please visit the official project website.

    *The Carbon-CAP project receives funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 603386.

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