Carbon Pricing and Policymaking Training and Exposure in Helsinki

Program Date

24 Jun 28 Jun 2024

Program Location

Helsinki , Finland

Program Venue

Klaus Hotel

Registration & Payment Deadline

30 Apr 2024

Program Introduction

Putting a price on carbon has gained momentum as a means of bringing GHG emissions down and driving cleaner investments. Carbon pricing helps shift the burden of the damage back to those who are responsible for it. It also promotes innovation and transition towards greener alternatives. Pricing carbon is a distinctively powerful tool as it offsets the chances of market failure by capturing external costs at the source.

This training program has exclusively been developed by Risalat to help its delegates understand the peculiarities of carbon policymaking. It covers all foundational aspects from the introduction of carbon taxes and cap-and-trade systems to their economic, environmental, and policy implications.

Target Audience

This program is suitable for:

  • Government officials and policymakers responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of carbon mitigation policies.
  • Representatives of businesses that are affected by carbon pricing.
  • Environmental and Sustainability Specialists.
  • Members of NGOs and CSOs advocating for climate change mitigation.

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this training course, its delegates shall be able to:

  • Demonstrate a solid understanding of fundamental concepts related to carbon pricing including carbon taxes, cap-and-trade systems, and other market mechanisms.
  • Comprehend what role carbon pricing plays in the achievement of global climate change and carbon neutrality goals.
  • Assess the economic implications of carbon pricing including its effects on consumer behavior, business competitiveness, and investment decision making.
  • Appreciate equity and social justice dimensions of carbon pricing including its distributional effects across various socio-economic groups.
  • Foster innovation with the aim of broadening investments into greener alternatives.

Program Contents

First Day

  • Understanding the carbon pricing mechanism
  • How does carbon pricing address climate change?
  • The global context of carbon pricing adoption
  • Carbon pricing instruments: Cap-and-trade systems, carbon taxes, hybrid approaches, and other market-based mechanisms
  • Setting target emissions and caps
  • Allocating permits for allowances

Second Day

  • Carbon tax rates and schedules
  • The economic rationale of carbon pricing
  • Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit considerations
  • Evaluating environmental outcomes of emissions reduction
  • Air quality improvement and public health benefits associated with carbon pricing
  • Equity and social impacts
  • What is meant by a just transition to a low-carbon economy?

Third Day

  • Political barriers to carbon pricing
  • International collaboration on carbon pricing alternatives
  • Policy harmonization and alignment
  • Fostering innovation in clean technologies and low-carbon solutions
  • Business opportunities and investment prospects
  • Stakeholder engagement under tightened carbon policymaking

Day 4 – Simulation Exercise

The last two days of the program will focus on the practical utilization of knowledge and skills acquired during the previous days. Day 4 will be dedicated to a simulation exercise – a valuable tool for building awareness, fostering dialogue, and exploring interactions between various carbon policy choices, economic incentives, and environmental outcomes. Program delegates will simulate the effects of implementing a carbon pricing mechanism in a given economy. Each participant shall contribute to the scenario based on the role assigned to them.

Day 5 – Exposure Visit

The last day of the program shall be dedicated to the exposure visit to RCI partner institution concerned with carbon policymaking, taxation, and stakeholder communication in the host country. Later, program delegates will have a chance to engage in a broader discussion on policy, industry, and business perspectives concerning carbon pricing.

Program Methodology

The program focuses on practical skills development, knowledge enhancement, and best practice exchange on carbon pricing and taxation. The structure of the presentation, exercises, simulations, case studies, discussion questions, and modeling assignments derive from the target audience’s needs.

Proven adult-learning methodology and principles guide the entire process intending to maximize the effectiveness of the delivery and create a long-lasting impact. Practical exposure targets the exchange of knowledge and best practices between delegates and RCI partners.

Host Country Profile

In 1990, Finland became the first country to implement a carbon taxation policy. The policy aimed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The said tax was developed as a component of Finland’s excise tax on fossil fuels used for transportation and heating. Since then, the country’s carbon policy has greatly evolved, and policymakers have accumulated substantial expertise in carbon pricing.

Currently, Finland aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. The main focus of the country’s climate strategy is to intensify programs targeting GHG reduction including efficiency improvements in the energy production and utilization systems, and use of energy and carbon taxes. In addition, the Finnish action program includes measures to enhance carbon reservoirs and sinks.

Program Fee

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report