The ETS Summer University project funded by the European Commission responds to the need for improved understanding of emissions trading as a climate policy instrument in developing countries and emerging economies.
The project provides support to future leaders to help build the capacity to design and manage emissions trading systems across the globe. It does so by combining in-person courses and an e-learning course.
The in-person courses provide an intensive introduction to all aspects of the design and implementation of emissions trading systems as a tool to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.
Two types of courses are organised under the auspices of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) since 2009:
The courses are open to participants from around the world. Between 25 and 30 highly qualified policy makers and stakeholders from the non-governmental, academic and private sectors are selected for each course.
Teachers include experienced decision makers from administrative authorities in ICAP member countries, representatives of educational and research institutions, market analysts and industry representatives.
The calls for applications are published on the ICAP website.
The e-learning course is open to anyone interested in how emissions trading systems work.
The course covers the theory, design and operational considerations of emission trading systems, focusing particularly on the needs of developing countries.
It supports the development of best practice through the study of the major concepts and prominent case studies, including the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) as the world’s largest system.
The course is open to all levels of ETS learners and practitioners. It is particularly useful for policy makers and other environmental professionals.
The online classes are free and accessible at any time on any computer with an Internet connection. Please note that Google Chrome or Adobe Flash 10 or above are required.
The course consists of 22 units:
|Theory and Rationale of Emissions Trading as a Climate Policy Instrument||Technical Design and Implementation of Emissions Trading Systems||Understanding the Market, its Stakeholders, and the Politics of ETS|
Instrument Choice in Climate Policy: Theory and Practice
Emissions Trading in the Policy Mix: Opportunities, Challenges and Policy Interactions
Establishing an ETS: Design Elements and Choices
Scope and Coverage
Tools and Methodologies for Data Collection and Inventory Generation
Allocating Allowances in an ETS Part I: Basics
Allocating Allowances in an ETS Part II: Options, Implications and Experiences
Establishing a Functioning Registry: Standards and Best Practices
Monitoring, Reporting, Verification, Compliance and Enforcement
Carbon Market Dynamics
Balancing Supply and Demand: Addressing Uncertainty in Dynamic Markets
Carbon Market Oversight
Leakage and Competitiveness
Stakeholder Outreach and Involvement
Corporate Strategies to Manage Compliance and Risks
|Evolution of Emissions Trading and Current Developments around the World||Market Readiness and Specific Challenges for Developing Countries||Advanced Policy Options and Long-Term Perspectives|
International Climate Change Cooperation and Global Emission Trading
EU ETS: Evolution and Experiences
ETSs around the World
Developing Countries in the Carbon Market: Specific Challenges and Market Readiness
Administrative Structure for Emissions Trading: Ensuring Capacity for a Functioning Market
Legal and Regulatory Framework for an ETS
Questions and issues related to the ETS Online Course may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow a reasonable response time for queries.