What is Carbon Pricing?

Carbon pricing is an instrument that captures the external costs of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—the costs of emissions that the public pays for, such as damage to crops, health care costs from heat waves and droughts, and loss of property from flooding and sea level rise—and ties them to their sources through a price, usually in the form of a price on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted. A pric... view more


"Climate Countdown: Carbon Pricing" by Kaia Rose & Eric Mann, USA This short film was selected for the "Put a Price on Carbon Pollution Award" of the Film4Climate Global Video Competition.


The Carbon Pricing Dashboard was developed by the World Bank Group with the help of Ecofys in order to provide up-to-date information on existing and emerging carbon pricing initiatives around the world. It builds on the data and analyses of the annual State and Trends of Carbon Pricing report series. Click on this page to access the interactive dashboard.