Carbon-cap logoThe Carbon-CAP project has the the overall objectives to stimulate innovative European and international climate policies and services due to improved shared knowledge base on consumption emissions; and to realise a more effective policy mix for achieving the objectives of the EU Climate and Energy package and the Roadmap for moving to a competitive low carbon-economy in 2050. Complementing existing policies and initiatives (e.g. Energy 2020, Kyoto Protocol, Energy Roadmap 2050), consumption–based carbon emission accounts (CBCA) and consumption-based and trade related climate policy (CBTP) offer a possibility to address and partially mitigate the effect of differences in national climate policies. They can do so by taking into account GHG emissions during the entire life cycle of consumed products and services, aiming to reduce those.

Project details

  • Project title: “Carbon emission mitigation by Consumption-based Accounting and Policy” (Carbon-CAP)
  • Funding scheme: European Union Seventh Framework Programme (EU FP7, grant agreement no. 603386)
  • Duration: 3 years and 3 months (1 October 2013 – 31 December 2016)
  • Project coordinator: The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), The Hague, Netherlands
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The Paris Agreement requires the world to keep climate change below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with an aim to stay below 1.5°C. The 1.5° target is particularly demanding and would require both major and rapid change in energy demand and consumption. A key element is to analyze Green House Gas Emissions of consumer-based options in the EU, such as food, buildings and transportation. The Carbon-Cap project explores the effects of applying different policy options.