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27 Nov 2017

Germany should buy emissions allowances instead of shutting down coal plants – Op-ed

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Instead of phasing out the 20 dirtiest coal power plants, the German government should buy and retire EU emissions allowances, writes Friedrich Breyer, professor for economy and social policy at the University of Konstanz in an op-ed in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. This would reduce emissions in the EU directly and also let prices for emissions allowances rise, Breyer argues.

See the CLEW article Germany’s energy use and emissions likely to rise yet again in 2017 and the CLEW factsheet Understanding the ETS for background.

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