Memo for EPA/DOE Workshop on IAMs and the SCC

Damage Estimates and the Social Cost of Carbon: The Need for Change

Frank Ackerman photo

The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a measure of the damage caused by an incremental ton of CO2 emissions, used in cost-benefit analyses and in pricing carbon emissions. In 2009, an interagency working group estimated the SCC at $21 per ton of CO2. In this memorandum, written by Frank Ackerman in advance of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy workshop on integrated assessment models and the SCC, outlines the problems with the models used by the interagency group, which are at odds with mainstream climate science and recent policy discussions.

Click here to download the memo. To learn more about the SCC, read our E3 Network report, "The Social Cost of Carbon."  This article is from the SEI Climate Economics Newsletter.

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One Response to Memo for EPA/DOE Workshop on IAMs and the SCC

  1. Aulyaa says:

    Kudos! What a neat way of thniikng about it.

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