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TEQs links

UK Government pre-feasibility study into Personal Carbon Trading Having commissioned the Centre for Sustainable Energy's scoping study (Nov 2006), the UK Government conducted this pre-feasibility study into the TEQs concept (May 2008).

Responses to the pre-feasibility study Critical responses from The Lean Economy Connection (pdf) and the Centre for Sustainable Energy, as well as the IPPR's parallel research and the BBC's coverage of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's full response. The Government's response to the EAC's comments (October 2008) can be found here.

All Party Parliamentary Group report The UK Government's All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and Gas published this report into TEQs with The Lean Economy Connection in January 2011. It details the features and benefits of a TEQs system and draws on the research linked above to argue that implementation is an urgent priority.

Plan B? The prospects for personal carbon trading The Institute for Public Policy Research produced this report in September 2009, examining the case for and against TEQs, and concluding that Government should prepare the ground for possible future implementation.

Island trial Australia's Southern Cross University is leading a project on Norfolk Island, testing the world's first tradable carbon rationing scheme in a 'closed system' island environment, starting early 2011.

BBC Radio 4 (audio) In this 12 minute discussion of Peak Oil from BBC Radio 4's "You and Yours" programme (September 2008), John Hemming MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and Gas explains why TEQs are the only just option for the UK Government.

Newsnight (video) David Strahan, author of The Last Oil Shock and TEQs advocate, is interviewed on the BBC's "Newsnight" programme (May 2008). Discussion of TEQs from the two-minute mark. A previous Newsnight discussion on TEQs can be seen here (March 2008).

Climate Policy special issue Yael Parag and Tina Fawcett edit a special Sept 2010 issue of the Climate Policy journal, looking exclusively at 'personal carbon trading', including TEQs and PCAs.

History and Policy paper Historian Dr Mark Roodhouse of the University of York examines the example of wartime rationing and concludes that "the use of taxes alone to control consumption was rejected in the World Wars, and they would not achieve the quick, dramatic cut in carbon consumption that we need now to avert environmental disaster. Tradable carbon rations would have a real impact".

Zero Carbon Britain This report was published by the Centre for Alternative Technology in 2007, laying out the challenges we face and presenting a bold, radical vision of how Britain could eliminate carbon emissions altogether within 20 years. The suggested policy framework is built around Contraction and Convergence at the international level and TEQs at the national.

Resurgence article - Shaun Chamberlin Our own Shaun Chamberlin writes on the need for a framework to encourage local-level solutions to our energy/emissions crisis (April 2009).

The Times article The Chairman of the Environment Agency, Lord Smith of Finsbury, states in November 2009 that "rationing is the fairest and most effective way of meeting Britain's legally binding targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions".

Guardian article - Polly Toynbee Following Colin Challen MP's June 2008 letter to the paper arguing that the rapid behavioural change necessitated by climate change means that we must implement carbon rationing, Polly Toynbee's article derides the delay in implementing an idea described by DEFRA as "ahead of its time".

New Statesman articles Rowena Macdonald reports from the 2008 Climate Camp at Kingsnorth, and points Gordon Brown towards TEQs, while Peter Wilby comments on the moral challenges inherent in addressing climate change.

Sharon Astyk on energy rationing 2010 article in which Astyk considers whether energy rationing could be made politically palatable.

David Boyle article David Boyle looks back from 2021 to the day when TEQs were implemented in 2011!

The Ecologist Dr. Stephan Harding's article addresses economic growth and the potential impact of TEQs on the global economy. Mark Jansen's 2010 article provides an update.

Policy Studies Institute (pdf) Simon Dresner and Paul Ekins compare the impacts of various proposed policies for controlling greenhouse gas emissions from transportation (including TEQs/DTQs), focusing on whether they are likely to benefit higher-income or lower-income households.

Australia - Ian Dunlop (pdf) A submission to the Australian Prime Ministerial Task Group on Emissions Trading by a former CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former chair of both the Australian Coal Association and the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading.

Green Party of England and Wales (pdf) A briefing from the Green Party of England and Wales on their endorsement of the TEQs scheme, which is advocated in their 'Manifesto for a Sustainable Society'.

Carbon Reduction Action Groups (CRAGs) CRAGs are growing networks of people trying to implement TEQs-type schemes voluntarily at the community level, without waiting for Government implementation.


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