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Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol

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Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol

The Role of Institutions and Instruments to Control Global Change

9781843762454 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Michael Faure, Professor, Maastricht University and Erasmus School of Law, the Netherlands and Chairman of the Flemish High Council of Environmental Enforcement (VHRM), Brussels, Belgium, Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam, and UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft and the late Andries Nentjes, formerly University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2003 ISBN: 978 1 84376 245 4 Extent: 384 pp
The Kyoto Protocol was a milestone event in the process of getting global climate change on to the political agenda and taking the first tentative steps towards internationally co-ordinated action. This book brings together researchers from the disciplines of law, economics, political science and sociology to analyse the instruments which have been set up to manage climate change and the institutional shifts that are required for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

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The Kyoto Protocol was a milestone event in the process of getting global climate change on to the political agenda and taking the first tentative steps towards internationally co-ordinated action. This book brings together researchers from the disciplines of law, economics, political science and sociology to analyse the instruments which have been set up to manage climate change and the institutional shifts that are required for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

The authors highlight the need for an adequate implementation structure and well designed flexible instruments to enable emissions targets to be achieved. They discuss the level of international coordination which is required for the smooth operation of flexibility mechanisms and the importance of ensuring these instruments fit within existing national structures. In some countries, there are concerns that the introduction of cap and credit trading programmes may require an overhaul of existing environmental legislation. Technical innovations will also have a critical role to play in preparing the ground for increasingly ambitious controls of GHGs. The authors emphasise the need for an evolutionary development of instruments to support such innovations and the potentially vital roles of firms and governments to help their quick diffusion.

This book presents an unusual, fascinating and highly instructive mixture of approaches which will be readily accessible to a broad array of readers from a variety of scientific backgrounds. It will prove invaluable to economists, political and social scientists, lawyers, practitioners and decision-makers involved with climate change policy and international environmental law.
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‘It is always a pleasure to announce a good book. Given the Kyoto Protocol, the 15 essays collected in this book discuss how it can be translated into efficient policy. . . The book is well produced, has a thorough index, and should be on the shelf of every environmental regulator and those who teach environmental economics, politics and regulation.’
– Jürgen Backhaus, European Journal of Law and Economics
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Contributors: C. Backes, G. Bennett, J.C. Bongaerts, J.-T. Boom, L. Brander, J.J.C. Bruggink, R. de Leeuw, G. Dogbe, M. Faure, D. Grimeaud, J. Gupta , M. Hisschemöller, N. Kanie, R. Kemp, O. Kuik, E. Moors, A. Nentjes, P. Nijkamp, M. Peeters, R. Teuben, E.C. van Ierland, S. Wang, E. Woerdman
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Contents: Part I: Kyoto 1. Key Instrumental and Institutional Design Issues in Climate Change Policy 2. The Kyoto Mechanisms and the Economics of their Design 3. Alternative Design Options for Emissions Trading: A Survey and Assessment of the Literature 4. To Design and Implement Climate Change Measures and the Need to Strike a Balance between Environmental Protection and International Trade Law 5. Developing Carbon Trading in Europe: Does Grandfathering Distort Competition and Lead to State Aid? 6. Legal Aspects of the Dutch Approach to CO2 Reduction 7. Legal Feasibility of Emissions Trading: Learning Points from Emissions Trading for Ozone-Depleting Substances 8. CDM in Climate Policies in the Netherlands: A Promising Tool? 9. Optimal Institutional Arrangements and Instruments for the Promotion of Energy from Renewable Sources 10. Domestic Capacity, Regional Institution and Global Negotiations: Lessons from the Netherlands–EU Kyoto Protocol Negotiation 11. Global Environmental Change Regimes: Impact Assessment on the Basis of an Extended GTAP Model Part II: After Kyoto 12. The Multi-sector Convergence Approach to Global Burden Sharing of Greenhouse Gas Reductions 13. The Dutch Energy Transition and its Institutional Problems: Report from a Stakeholder Assessment 14. Modulating Dynamics in Transport for Climate Protection 15. Institutional Change in Europe and the Implications for Climate Control Measures Index
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