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The development of approaches for a emissions trading system in traffic

The EU – as well as the single member states in the context of the EU Burden Sharing – has agreed to reduce the average emission of the six Kyoto greenhouse gases between 2008 and 2012 (especially CO2) by 8% in comparison to 1990. Germany has committed to implement a reduction of 21%.


Considering the overall development of the CO2 emissions, the requirements can only be met if the instrumental framework is adjusted and a paradigm shift towards a real quantitative exploitation strategy is facilitated. A first step in this direction is the EU’s emission trade guideline which will be first implemented in the 2005-2007 period.


This new instrument only integrates specific industrial and energy economical facilities into the emission trade (it is limited to CO2 as well), thus it does not provide an instrumental tool for a complete implementation of the adapted reduction obligation. Moreover, sectors like traffic and private households, which have significantly influenced the emission growth and thus the efficiency of the new instruments, were not included. In general, the emission trade policy is open for the integration of additional sectors for the certification, including the traffic sector. Such an addition appears to be relevant for the entire CO2 regulation, since the traffic sector has displayed the highest dynamic regarding emission growth.



In cooperation with:

  • Regina Betz, Fraunhofer Institut Systemtechnik und Innovationsforschung (ISI), Karlsruhe
  • Heidi Bergmann, Fachhochschule Mannheim
  • Ulrich Höpfner, ifeu - Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg GmbH, Heidelberg
Auftraggeber Federal Environment Agency
Bearbeiter Dr. Dieter Ewringmann, Lars Liebig, RA Dr. Roman Bertenrath
Status Completed
Emissionshandel im Verkehr - Ansätze für einen möglichen Up-Stream-Handel im Verkehr
(u.a.), Umweltbundesamt-Texte, Nr. 22/05, Dessau, 2005.
Dr. Dieter Ewringmann, Heidi Bergmann, Roman Bertenrath, Lars Liebig