A critical review of South Africa's carbon tax policy paper: recommendations for the implementation of an offset mechanism

dc.contributor.authorNewham, Melissa
dc.contributor.authorConradie, Beatrice
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-03T09:01:52Z
dc.date.available2016-05-03T09:01:52Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.date.updated2016-05-03T09:00:57Z
dc.description.abstractThe South African government has emphasised the need for 'developing country' solutions to climate change that simultaneously pursue GHG reductions and socioeconomic development. To encourage the transition to a low-carbon economy the National Treasury has proposed a carbon tax and offset mechanism to be introduced in 2015. The practical delivery of the offset scheme remains uncertain. This paper investigates which features and governance structure would be desirable for such a mechanism in South Africa. Primary research is conducted into the South African voluntary carbon registry; Credible Carbon. The questions asked by this paper are: Should firms be allowed to offset emissions? What is the ideal way to implement offsets in South Africa? This paper concludes that Credible Carbon provides a good model for carbon trading that can be scaled up to meet demand under the new regulations. However, government needs to ensure that projects continue to deliver acceptable social benefits and that carbon auditors are well-trained and accountable.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationNewham, M., & Conradie, B. (2013). <i>A critical review of South Africa's carbon tax policy paper: recommendations for the implementation of an offset mechanism</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19354en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationNewham, Melissa, and Beatrice Conradie <i>A critical review of South Africa's carbon tax policy paper: recommendations for the implementation of an offset mechanism.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR), 2013. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19354en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationNewham, M., & Conradie, B. (2013). A critical review of South Africa’s Carbon Tax Policy Paper: recommendations for the implementation of an Offset Mechanism. Centre for Social Science Research: University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Newham, Melissa AU - Conradie, Beatrice AB - The South African government has emphasised the need for 'developing country' solutions to climate change that simultaneously pursue GHG reductions and socioeconomic development. To encourage the transition to a low-carbon economy the National Treasury has proposed a carbon tax and offset mechanism to be introduced in 2015. The practical delivery of the offset scheme remains uncertain. This paper investigates which features and governance structure would be desirable for such a mechanism in South Africa. Primary research is conducted into the South African voluntary carbon registry; Credible Carbon. The questions asked by this paper are: Should firms be allowed to offset emissions? What is the ideal way to implement offsets in South Africa? This paper concludes that Credible Carbon provides a good model for carbon trading that can be scaled up to meet demand under the new regulations. However, government needs to ensure that projects continue to deliver acceptable social benefits and that carbon auditors are well-trained and accountable. DA - 2013 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2013 T1 - A critical review of South Africa's carbon tax policy paper: recommendations for the implementation of an offset mechanism TI - A critical review of South Africa's carbon tax policy paper: recommendations for the implementation of an offset mechanism UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19354 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/19354
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationNewham M, Conradie B. A critical review of South Africa's carbon tax policy paper: recommendations for the implementation of an offset mechanism. 2013 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19354en_ZA
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dc.publisher.departmentCentre for Social Science Research(CSSR)en_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
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