FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2011 .024

A Tale of Two Countries: Emissions Scenarios for China and India

Authors: Emanuele Massetti
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: Climate Change, China, India, Energy Efficiency, Energy and Development
JEL n.: Q32, Q43, Q54, Q43, O53, P52
JEL: International Environmental Agreements: Law Economics and Politics
Pages: Volume 11, Special Issue 3, pp. 209-227
Date: 09/2011


The aim of the paper is to present evidence that China and India are, and will remain, two very different actors in international negotiations to control global warming. We base our conclusions on historical data and on scenarios until 2050. The Business-as-Usual scenario (BaU) is compared to four Emissions Tax scenarios to draw insights on major transformations in energy use and in energy supply and to assess the possible contribution of China and India to a future international climate architecture. We study whether or not the Copenhagen intensity targets require more action than the BaU scenario and we assess whether the emissions reductions induced by the four tax scenarios are compatible with the G8 and MEF pledge to reduce global emissions by 50% in 2050.


Suggested citation: Emanuele Massetti, Carbon tax scenarios for China and India: exploring politically feasible mitigation goals, Int Environ Agreements (2011) 11:209–227 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10784-011-9157-7

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