Carbon pricing mechanisms

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This online course is designed to provide a solid introduction to carbon pricing mechanisms, such as carbon taxes, emissions trading schemes, and offsetting mechanisms. It will also examine the rationale behind carbon pricing, the scope and landscape of available carbon pricing instruments, and focus on the specific role that carbon pricing plays in energy projects.

The three major carbon pricing mechanisms will be explained in detail, including their main principles, success factors, and barriers. Participants will analyse lessons learned as well as the effectiveness and usefulness of carbon pricing. The course concludes with a practical chapter focused on getting started with carbon pricing mechanisms.

The topics covered are:

  • Introduction to carbon pricing mechanisms
  • The evolution of carbon pricing mechanisms
  • Principles of emissions trading schemes
  • Principles of carbon taxes
  • Principles of offsetting mechanisms
  • Analysing the effectiveness of carbon pricing mechanisms
  • Further orientation on carbon pricing

Receive a reminder one week before the registration deadline.

After completing this course, participants should be able to:

  • comprehend the rationale for economic instruments in the context of climate change (carbon pricing mechanisms);
  • explain major historical developments in carbon pricing and illustrate the global landscape of carbon pricing mechanisms;
  • understand and explain the different basic design features and principles of carbon pricing mechanisms (e.g. carbon tax and emission trading schemes, offsetting mechanisms);
  • discuss major barriers to, key success factors of, and prospects for carbon pricing mechanisms in the economy and energy projects; and
  • know how to get started with carbon pricing by identifying and selecting appropriate instruments and project partners. 

This training is suitable for those whom:

  • want to have an overview on carbon pricing mechanisms and related experience;
  • aim to develop a carbon pricing framework or mechanism for their country; and
  • seek to provide consultation to governmental institutions on different options to establish carbon pricing.

RENAC certificate upon successful completion of the course for participants who score 70% or higher on the exam.

Duration: 1 month

Study time: About 26 hours

Course language: English

Detailed course description: A detailed course description is available for download here.

E-learning platform: Access the demo course on our e-learning platform.

Price: 286 €*

Raquel Cascales
Project Director E-Learning and Blended Learning
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 46
Email: onlineacademy[at]

*incl 19 % of German VAT

Additional Information

Carbon pricing mechanisms


  • Flexibility to study at any time and from any location
  • Contact with learning facilitators
  • Moderated discussion forum for students
  • Multimedia learning materials
  • Self-assessments
  • RENAC certificate upon successful completion of the course
  • We offer discounts for our alumni, group bookings, and multiple purchases. Contact us for further details.



Raquel Cascales
Project Director E-Learning and Blended Learning
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 46
Email: onlineacademy[at]

Available dates & times

Next Date Type of training Language Registration deadline Price € VAT Info Early bird € Valid until  
01.07.24 - 31.07.24 Online EN 03.07.2024 286,00*

* including 19 % of German VAT

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