Barbara Haya, Ph.D.

Climate change policy researcher

bhaya at berkeley dot edu


Research Interests


Carbon trading is being implemented on international, national and sub-national scales in most places where greenhouse gas emissions targets have been enacted into law. Governments are choosing carbon trading programs based on the theorized efficiency of trading. The overarching goal of my research is to provide grounded analysis of the ways the incentives created by carbon trading programs affect actual decisions within the particular economic, political and cultural contexts in which these programs are being implemented.



Laura Wisland and Barbara Haya (2012) The Clean Energy Race: How Do California's Public Utilities Measure Up?, Union of Concerned Scientists, Berkeley

Barbara Haya and Payal Parekh (2011) Hydropower in the CDM: Examining Additionality and Criteria for Sustainability, Energy and Resources Group Working Paper ER11-001, University of California, Berkeley

Barbara Haya (2010 December) 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, PhD Dissertation, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley 


Barbara Haya (2009) Measuring emissions against an alternative future: Fundamental flaws in the structure of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, Energy and Resources Group Working Paper ER09-001, University of California, Berkeley


Barbara Haya, Malini Ranganathan, Sujit Kirpekar (2009) Barriers to sugar mill cogeneration in India: Insights into the structure of post-2012 climate financing instruments. Climate and Development 1:66-81:


Barbara Haya (2007) Failed Mechanism: How the CDM is subsidizing hydro developers and harming the Kyoto Protocol, International Rivers, Berkeley, CA:


Alex E. Farrell, Daniel Sperling, et al (2007) A low carbon fuel standard for California, Part I: Technical Analysis & Part II: Policy Analysis, UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center


Lara M. Kueppers, Paul Baer, John Harte, Barbara Haya, Laura E. Koteen, and Molly E. Smith (2003) A decision matrix approach to evaluating the impacts of land-use activities undertaken to mitigate climate change . Climatic Change, 63:247-257


Barbara Haya (2002) Evaluation of World Bank Public Participation Policies - Lessons for the Clean Development Mechanism. Master’s project: MS degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Energy and Resources Group.


Barbara Haya, Antonia V. Herzog, Chalotorn Kansuntisukmongkol, Laurie E. Koteen, Joanna Lewis (2000) Public Participation in the CDM and JI: Precedents Set by International Finance Institutions. Presented at a side event of the sixth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, The Hague, November 2000


Paul Baer, John Harte, Barbara Haya, Antonia V. Herzog, John Holdren, Nathan E. Hultman, Daniel M. Kammen, Richard B. Norgaard, Leigh Raymond (2000) Equity and Greenhouse Gas Responsibility. Science, 289:2287.


Other Documents

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.