Setting-up the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP)

China, Shanghai, Nanpu bridge skyline at night

The International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) was founded in the fall of 2007, with the goal of harmonizing emission trading systems (ETS) and to ensure design compatibility for potential future linkages. In the long-term, ICAP thereby wishes to contribute to the establishment of a well-functioning global carbon market. It is the only multilateral forum in which government officials can exchange their knowledge and experiences on the design and operation of ETS.

Today, ICAP has 29 national and regional members worldwide. Since 2008, Germany has provided the ICAP Project Manager (PM) who coordinates and further develops the work of ICAP without a specific institutional infrastructure. In this respect, adelphi has provided important assistance to the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA), which includes the establishment of an institutional infrastructure, supporting the work of the PM and an assistant working on administrative and content-related questions. In addition, adelphi will prepare ad hoc papers and comprehensive background studies on the issues discussed in ICAP for the PM. The goal of the project is to promote institutional strengthening of the ICAP process with effective working structures in Berlin.

Publications of this project

  • Cap and Invest: Why Auctioning Gains Prominence in the EU's Emissions Trading System – Report on behalf of the Washington Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

    Tänzler, Dennis and Sibyl Steuwer 2009: Cap and Invest: Why Auctioning Gains Prominence in the EU's Emissions Trading System. Report on behalf of the Washington Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Washington DC: Heinrich Böll Foundation.