Events & Media: Denny Ellerman

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
at the University of California, Santa Barbara




A. Denny Ellerman
Part-time Professor
Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies,
European University Institute

Tuesday, March 29
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"The European Union Emissions Trading System:
Dead End or Path to the Future?"

Hosted by Dean Steve Gaines

Note: This presentation will be video-recorded

With the U.S. backing away from a cap-and-trade system, the EU ETS stands as a solitary, iconic, and often-criticized outpost for market-based approaches for limiting GHG emissions. The colloquium will evaluate the performance and prospects of the EU ETS and consider whether it, and the global trading vision embodied in the Kyoto Protocol, is at a dead end or, despite all the difficulties, is still the way to an effective global climate policy.

Dr. Ellerman is an internationally recognized expert on energy and environmental economics, with a particular focus on climate policy, emissions trading, and interactions with energy markets. He is part-time professor at the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and is retired from MIT, where he spent many years as a senior lecturer and served as executive director of both the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Denny He is a co-author of the leading books on the US SO2 and the EU CO2 Allowance Trading Programs, Markets for Clean Air: The US Acid Rain Program and Pricing Carbon: The European Emissions Trading Scheme. He has a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

The Zurich Financial Services Distinguished Visitors Program on Climate Change allows the Bren School to attract international leaders in environmental policy, law, business, and science to enrich and expand the intellectual life of the Bren School community and share insight on issues critical to climate change. Activities of the visitors, who are in residence for periods ranging from one week to one quarter, include teaching short courses, offering public lectures, conducting seminars, and leading colloquia and symposia planned around their research, professional endeavors, or areas of expertise.

Dr. Ellerman is the third of three Distinguished Visitors to spend time at the Bren School during the 2010-2011 academic year. The others have been David Tilman, Regents' Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology at the University of Minnesota and director of the university's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve; and Virgilio Viana, an expert in forestry and sustainable development, director general of the Amazonas Sustainability Foundation in Brazil, and the former secretary of environment in the state of Amazonas.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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