Comments on the Department of Energy’s Use of the Social Cost of Carbon
In a proposed set of energy efficiency standards for refrigeration systems and residential furnaces, the Department of Energy (DOE) used the Social Cost of Carbon (SCC) to value the climate benefits of more efficient technologies. DOE did not, however, incorporate this benefit for other greenhouse gases such as methane. We recently submitted joint comments with the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Union of Concerned Scientists to reaffirm the use of the SCC. We also encourage the agency to monetize the benefits of other greenhouse gas reductions, such as through the existing Social Cost of Methane methodology; and to continue to update these estimates to reflect the latest science and economics on the costs of climate change damages.