Allocation of fossil CO2 emission rights quantifying cultural perspectives

Marco Janssen, Jan Rotmans

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Cultural perspectives play an important role in framing international climate policy. The concept we have introduced is designed to enable quantification of the influence of such cultural perspectives on the allocation of fossil CO2 emission rights. A model is presented which allocates future emission rights to world regions. An emission budget which incorporates an historical component is defined for the specific period which is required if climate change policy targets are to be met. Allocation of the budget to regions is based on a weighted mix of indicators such as population size, GNP and energy consumption. Subtracting historical emissions results in future regional emission rights. Uncertainties in the selection of parameter values for the model and in generating scenarios of future developments are here regarded as being related to cultural perspectives. We have assumed that cultural perspectives can be quantified by reference to distributions of preferred parameter values and preferred future scenarios. Distributions of regional emission rights biased towards preferred allocations as determined by the perspectives can thus be described. In fact, the proposed approach envisages an uncertainty analysis based on the characteristics of cultural perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Allocation of emission rights
  • CO
  • Climate change
  • Cultural perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics and Econometrics


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