The Design of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Viewed Through a Framework of Communication, Compensation and Community Engagement

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Wardley, Neale (2011) The Design of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Viewed Through a Framework of Communication, Compensation and Community Engagement. In: 4th Healthy Cities : Making Cities Liveable Conference, conference proceedings. AST Management, Nerang, Queensland, pp. 152-165.


The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS), an Australian Labor Party initiative, was a response to climate change. A cap and trade scheme to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The CPRS White Paper was released in December 2008 and the CPRS Bill was defeated by a margin of forty one to thirty three votes in December 2009. Critics of the CPRS suggest that there was a lack of informed debate about alternate methods that could be used to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Concepts many in the wider community e.g. businesses, the labour force, schools and families struggled to come to terms with. This paper suggests that these issues led to a diminished level o f engagement with the CPRS (Parkinson 2010, Akter Bennett 2009). The paper discusses the policy approach taken toward the design for greenhouse gas emission trading in the CPRS Bill. It uses a comparative methodology to contrast the important decisions ab out the design of the CPRS with a selection of other emission trading schemes. Examples are also introduced of other so called market based mechanisms, or transferable quota programs. These programs have been used to reduce the harmful impacts of air borne sulphur dioxide (SO 2 ) and to stabilise the level of fish stocks depleted by commercial activity. In communicating emission trading as public policy there are four factors that become apparent in the design considerations, i.e. targets, allocation of allowances, coverage and compensation. These factors are discussed in detail, in particular compensation and its’ relationship to engaging the wider community. ---Fourth Healthy Cities: Making Cities Liveable Conference, Outrigger Resort and Spa, Noosa, Qld, 27-29 July 2011

Item type Book Section
Official URL
ISBN 9780980814729
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1402 Applied Economics
Historical > SEO Classification > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Keywords ResPubID24469, carbon pollution reduction scheme, greenhouse gas emission trading, CO2, greehouse gases mitigation, CPRS, emissions trading, transferable quota programs, Australia
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