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IEA Workshop on Policies and Measures to Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions from Energy (JUNE 1999)

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In an April press release, the International Energy Agency summarized an international workshop it held on Apr. 15-16, 1999, to exchange experiences in the design and implementation of policies and measures aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from energy poduction and use. Countries have adopted a wide range of policies that can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions: energy efficiency programs, restructuring and liberalization of energy markets, fostering renewable-energy sources, negotiated agreements with industry, and economic instruments (e.g., taxes and tradable permits). Key points made at the workshop include

  • The challenges faced by different countries are similar, and countries can benefit from information exchange on policies and measures.
  • The gap between the present situation and Kyoto objectives requires new domestic policies and measures in the energy sector.
  • The distinction between economic instruments and regulatory approaches is artificial; both are needed.
  • Economic instruments, such as taxes, must account for social and competitiveness concerns.
  • CO2 emissions from transport are growing rapidly, and few policies have had any significant impact on this trend; policies addressing transport emissions must change behavior as well as technology.

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