Climate Policy

Today’s climate challenge requires policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and to prepare populations and infrastructure for the impacts of climate change through adaptation.

The goal of our studies in this area is to ensure that any proposed policy is realistic and without unintended consequences. Toward that end, our research aims to delineate the economic and climatic impacts of different policy decisions.

In an effort to inform decision-makers about the benefits and costs of different approaches, we are continuing to study carbon taxes, regulations and cap-and-trade systems in the U.S., Europe and China, and expanding our coverage to other regions such as Africa, South America and Asia.

Publications

Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
• China Energy & Climate Project
Kishimoto, P. N., V. J. Karplus, M. Zhong, E. Saikawa, X. Zhang and X. Zhang (2017). Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 54(July 2017): 30-49 (doi: 10.1016/j.trd.2017.02.012)
Joint Program Report
• China Energy & Climate Project
Zhang, X., N. Winchester and X. Zhang (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 310, April, 12 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Report
Sokolov, A., S. Paltsev, H. Chen, M. Haigh, R. Prinn and E. Monier (2017). Joint Program Report Series Report 309, 15 p., March [PDF]

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Research Projects

People

Administration, Faculty
MIT Energy Initiative; Joint Program
Administration, Faculty
Sloan; Joint Program
Research staff
Joint Program; MIT Energy Initiative
Faculty
Economics; CEEPR
Collaborators
Joint Program
Faculty
Sloan; CEEPR
Faculty, Alumni
Sloan; Joint Program
Research staff, Alumni
Joint Program
Research staff
Joint Program
Research staff
Joint Program
Research staff
Joint Program