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Can climate policies be fair? Workshop explores issue

Published: 10 July 2012

The workshop "Can Climate Policies Be Fair" took place on 5 July, at the Royal Statistical Society, London

The workshop was organised by Drs Milena Buchs , Sylke V. Schnepf (both from Southampton) and Nicholas Bardsley (University of Reading). At the workshop, the organisers presented results from their ESRC project “Who emits most? An analysis of UK households' CO2 emissions and their association with socio-economic factors”. Presentations from this project addressed the following questions:

  1. What are the methodological challenges of using the Living Costs and Food Survey for estimating household emissions and their distribution? How do different methods of converting expenditure into emissions compare and what are the implications of the so-called infrequency of purchase problem for this type of research?
  2. What is the role of different socio-economic factors for total, indirect, home energy and transport emissions and how do they interact, for instance, are high education and rural location still related to higher emissions once we control for household income?
  3. What are likely distributional implications from climate change mitigation policies, e.g. are carbon taxes on transport progressive and how would they compare to tax and rebate schemes?

    In addition, Dr Ben Anderson (University of Essex) contributed a presentation on the methodological challenges of using the LCF for analysing household water and home energy use, funded by the ESRC Sustainable Practices Research Group; Professor Ian Gough (LSE) on the role of social policy to counteract distributional dilemmas related to climate policies (funded by an ESRC project on climate change and social policy) and Ian Preston (Centre for Sustainable Energy) on the distributional implications of current and planned UK climate change and energy efficiency policies.

    The workshop also provided room for a very stimulating discussion and exchange between presenters and the very mixed audience of academics and representatives from government departments, the Office for National Statistics, environmental charities, consultants and private sector organisations. The event was funded by the ESRC project “Who emits most” and the Division of Social Statistics & Demography at the University of Southampton.

    To download the presentations or to read more about the research visit the research page
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