23 and 24 March 2010


Kramer Building,
Middle Campus,
University of Cape Town,
Cape Town,
South Africa

There has been extensive debate among researchers in developed countries whether an emissions trading scheme or carbon tax is the best means to ‘put a price on carbon’. Other economic instruments could contribute to mitigation of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions indirectly, including tradable certificates for renewable energy or energy efficiency. This conference takes up the debate on how such instruments might apply in South Africa and other developing countries, putting carbon pricing in the context of broader policy on climate and development. This has not been done in depth previously.

The objectives of this conference are to:
  • Build on discussions undertaken at a side-event and a workshop at the Climate Change Summit 2009
  • Contribute to the development of climate policy in South Africa, by further exploring practical options for putting a price on carbon,
  • Deepen the understanding of economic instruments, through a conference with peer-reviewed papers,
  • Broaden the community of experts working in this emerging field, by having attracted papers from researchers and analysts in cognate disciplines that are not currently working on carbon pricing
  • including economics and environmental economics, but also
  • researchers working on institutional and political dimensions
  • Draw on experiences and lessons from other countries, in particular
  • other developing countries in their exploration of the same issues in similar contexts, and
  • experiences of implementation in developed countries examining the applicability in the context of development.


There is no charge to apply or to attend this conference. However, you will have to pay your own costs to attend.

Apply online at: www.erc.uct.ac.za/conference.htm

Further details can be found on the conference website - a link to which is on the ERC website www.erc.uct.ac.za. Or direct queries to Meagan Jooste at erc-climatechange at uct.ac.za.