Technical Synergies and Trade-Offs Between Abatement of Global and Local Air Pollution

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  • Environmental & Resource Economics


  • In this paper, we explore the synergies and tradeoffs between abatement of global and local pollution. We build a unique dataset of Swedish combined heat and power plants with detailed boiler-level data 2001–2009 on not only production and inputs but also on emissions of $$hbox {CO}_{2}$$ CO 2 and $$hbox {NO}_{mathrm{x}}$$ NO x . Both pollutants are regulated by strict policies in Sweden. $$hbox {CO}_{2}$$ CO 2 is subject to the European Union Emission Trading Scheme and Swedish carbon taxes; $$hbox {NO}_{mathrm{x}}$$ NO x —as a precursor of acid rain and eutrophication—is regulated by a heavy fee. Using a quadratic directional output distance function, we characterize changes in technical efficiency as well as patterns of substitutability in response to the policies mentioned. The fact that generating units face a trade-off between the pollutants indicates the need for policy coordination.

fecha de publicación

  • 2018

Líneas de investigación

  • Climate Change
  • Directional Distance Function
  • Environmental Policies
  • Local Pollution
  • Policy Interactions
  • Shadow Pricing

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