Climate Change Mitigation, Technological Innovation and Adaptation
Show Less

Climate Change Mitigation, Technological Innovation and Adaptation

A New Perspective on Climate Policy

Edited by Valentina Bosetti, Carlo Carraro, Emanuele Massetti and Massimo Tavoni

This book presents provides a rigorous yet accessible treatment of the main topics in climate change policy using a large body of research generated using WITCH (World Induced Technical Change Hybrid), an innovative and path-breaking integrated assessment model.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 1: A Climate-Constrained World

Emanuele Massetti


Climate change may harm future generations. According to the latest IPCC report (IPCC, 2007), anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are among the main causes of climate change, even though uncertainty remains as to their exact relevance in the overall climatic process: thus it is necessary to identify how, when, and where these emissions ought to be controlled in order to avoid dangerous climate changes.1 At the 2008 G8 Summit in Japan, the leading industrialised nations agreed on the objective of at least halving global CO2 emissions by 2050. G8 and Major Economies Forum (MEF)2 leaders reiterated this target in Italy, in July 2010, specifying that richer economies should commit to at least an 80 percent reduction in 2050. These long-term declarations of intents clash with the difficulties the international community has in establishing a global agreement with binding short- and mid-term emission reduction targets. The Conference of the Parties (COP) held in Copenhagen in December 2009 failed to produce a global mandatory regime to cut GHG emissions. A more modest Copenhagen agreement collected non-binding pledges to reduce GHG emissions in 2020, which appear to have a modest effect on future emissions levels (UNEP 2010, Höhne et al., 2012). More relevant was the commitment to devote a substantial amount of resources to finance adaptation and mitigation in developing countries (Carraro and Massetti 2011a). The Copenhagen Pledges and the financial provisions of the Copenhagen accord were incorporated into the UNFCCC legal framework in December 2010, by the COP held in Cancun, Mexico. The COP in Durban in December 2011 made progress in defining important issues related to climate finance, but the parties postponed any decision for the post 2020 climate regime to an ad-hoc group called the Durban Platform, that is in charge of developing a successor to the Kyoto Protocol by 2015. In Doha, in 2012, the parties defined the rules governing the second commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol. Only the European Union and Australia have emission reduction targets from 2013 to 2020 while Canada, Japan and Russia abandoned the treaty.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.