Korea's emission trading scheme and policy design issues to achieve market-efficiency and abatement targets

Hojeong Park, Won Kyung Hong

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Abstract

In 2008, the government of Republic of Korea (Korea) announced the national abatement target aiming at 30% reductions from the Business-as-Usual projections by 2020. Accordingly, the Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) will be implemented from 2015 onwards. As ETS performance substantially depends on the structural design, it is critically important to examine the details of Korean ETS for the achievement of cost effectiveness and concurrent development of an active emission trading market. This paper addresses several policy design issues for this purpose. After providing an overview on the current framework of Korean ETS, we propose ways to achieve flexibility, consistency and market efficiency of the program in consideration of the preexisting policies. Issues in policy design are discussed by focusing on allowance allocation, market stabilization measures and price mechanism in the emission and energy markets in Korea. This paper will serve as a practical guideline for establishing sustainable and market-efficient Korean ETS that can be compatible with the international standards as in the EU ETS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume75
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Korean ETS
  • Market-based mechanism
  • Policy design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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