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Emissions trading, non-compliance and bankable permits

Pauli Lappi

International Tax and Public Finance, 2017, vol. 24, issue 6, 1081-1099

Abstract: Abstract We study non-compliance in an emissions trading system in which firms may bank and borrow permits. We find a condition involving auditing probability that characterizes compliance and allows us to analyze the time paths of actual emissions, reported emissions and violations. We find two interesting time instants. At the first time instant, reported emissions begin to be lower than the actual emissions, and at the second time instant, the reported emissions become zero and the actual emissions become constant. The results indicate, among other things, that a given penalty scheme may fail to induce compliance over the whole planning interval, even though it achieves compliance over the initial stage.

Keywords: Banking; Compliance; Emissions trading; Enforcement; Monitoring (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q50 Q58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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