The UK domestic sector is responsible for 42% of national CO2 emissions. From this sector, private transport contributes 29% and flights 12%. Personal Carbon Trading (PCT) is a radical policy proposed in the UK aiming to reducing emissions from the domestic sector and therefore if implemented would have implications for personal mobility. In short, PCT is a mandatory downstream cap and trade policy where emission rights are allocated to individuals. The scheme covers direct personal emissions - e.g. those caused by household consumption of electricity, gas, gasoline and flights. PCT has been discussed within the UK Government and recently it was chosen by the Government’s independent watchdog on sustainable development as one of nineteen breakthrough ideas for the 21st century. Dr. Parag’s seminar will introduce the concepts of PCT in the climate change policy landscape context and further discuss its implications on energy consumption, people’s travel behaviour and private transport and mobility in particular. She will also introduce the policy means that have the potential to deliver behavioural changes on personal travel choices that can result in meaningful carbon emission reductions.

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