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ERC Call for Papers: Putting a price on Carbon

Respondents to this invitation are asked by no later than 27 July 2009 to submit an abstract of a maximum of 500 words on a topic in the general realm of the role of economic instruments in mitigating climate change in South Africa.

The Energy Research Centre (ERC) is holding a conference on the theme of “Putting a price on carbon in South Africa” in March 2010. The conference builds on discussions undertaken at a side-event and a workshop at the Climate Change Summit 2009.

At the Climate Change Summit 2009 it was proposed that a National Climate Change Response Policy be developed which sets climate change mitigation targets. Key government departments are constantly developing and enforcing such policy targets. It is expected that by August 2009 South Africa’s post-2012 negotiation position will be established (Policy Draft Zero). Once the UNFCCC post-2012 negotiations in Copenhagen are complete a Green Paper is planned for publication and public comment by April 2010. A finalized National Climate Change Response Policy should be published by the end of 2010 with the following two years allocated to translating the policy into a legislative, regulatory and fiscal package.

The conference thus presents an incisive framework to develop a basis for informed debate on how economic policy can best mitigate the impacts of climate change.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Ms Meagan Jooste at by no later than 27 July 2009. An expert Review Committee will assess abstracts submitted and, if accepted, authors will be notified and requested to submit a paper by November 2009 for the March 2010 Conference. Selected papers will be submitted for publication in the leading international journal, Climate Policy.

The conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa. For any further queries please contact Ms Meagan Jooste on +27 (21) 650 2420.

Link to ERC Call for Papers pdf