“I am committed to improving our understanding of the effects of carbon trading in specific sectors and places to inform effective state, national, and international climate policy.”
Barbara leads the Berkeley Carbon Trading Project, which combines interdisciplinary research with policy outreach currently focused on the effectiveness of California’s carbon offset program.
Barbara holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group, where she studied the outcomes of the Kyoto Protocol’s offset program, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). She documented large-scale over-crediting due to program design flaws, and worked closely with NGOs, including at seven Conferences of the Parties to the UNFCCC (the international climate change negotiations), in support of offset program reform.
Since finishing her Ph.D., she has performed analysis on California’s second-generation carbon offset program. She worked with the Union of Concerned Scientists and then Stanford Law School to perform interdisciplinary analysis towards California’s offset policy development that supports, and does not hinder, California’s global warming mitigation efforts and other offset programs modeled after California’s design.
More about Barbara Haya:
Ph.D., Energy & Resources Group, University of California at Berkeley, 2010
Master of Science, Energy & Resources Group, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
Carbon Offsets in California: Science in the Policy Development Process
Barbara Haya, Aaron Strong, Emily Grubert, Danny Cullenward. (2016). Book chapter in: In New Trends in Communicating Risk and Resiliency: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Global Environmental Change, eds. J. Eichelberger, K. Taylor & Y. Kontar. Springer.
Interpreting INDCs: Assessing Transparency of Post-2020 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets for 8 Top-Emitting Economies
Thomas Damassa, Taryn Fransen, Barbara Haya, Mengpin Ge, Krisztina Pjeczka, Katherine Ross. (2015).
WRI Working Paper
The Clean Energy Race: How Do California’s Public Utilities Measure Up?
Laura Wisland and Barbara Haya. (2012). Union of Concerned Scientists, Berkeley
Hydropower in the CDM: Examining Additionality and Criteria for Sustainability
Barbara Haya and Payal Parekh. (2011). Energy and Resources Group Working Paper ER11-001, University of California, Berkeley
Carbon Offsetting: An Efficient Way to Reduce Emissions or to Avoid Reducing Emissions? An Investigation and Analysis of Offsetting Design and Practice in India and China
Barbara Haya. (2010). Ph.D. Dissertation, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley
Measuring emissions against an alternative future: Fundamental flaws in the structure of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism
Barbara Haya. (2009). Energy and Resources Group Working Paper ER09-001, University of California, Berkeley
Barriers to sugar mill cogeneration in India: Insights into the structure of post-2012 climate financing instruments
Barbara Haya, Malini Ranganathan, Sujit Kirpekar. (2009). Climate and Development 1:66-81:
Failed Mechanism: How the CDM is subsidizing hydro developers and harming the Kyoto Protocol
Barbara Haya. (2007). International Rivers, Berkeley, CA
A low carbon fuel standard for California, Part I: Technical Analysis & Part II: Policy Analysis
Alex E. Farrell, Daniel Sperling, et al. (2007). UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center
A decision matrix approach to evaluating the impacts of land-use activities undertaken to mitigate climate change
Lara M. Kueppers, Paul Baer, John Harte, Barbara Haya, Laura E. Koteen, and Molly E. Smith. (2003). Climatic Change, 63:247-257
Equity and Greenhouse Gas Responsibility
Paul Baer, John Harte, Barbara Haya, Antonia V. Herzog, John Holdren, Nathan E. Hultman, Daniel M. Kammen, Richard B. Norgaard, Leigh Raymond. (2000). Science, 289:2287.
California’s Carbon Offsets Program – The Offsets Limit Explained
There has been a lot of confusion about what the 8% limit on the use of offsets under California’s cap-and-trade program means. The limit is 8% of emissions, not 8% of reductions. This short set of slides is meant to visually explain California’s offsets limit.