This article examines key issues in operationalizing
a registry of nationally appropriate mitigation actions
(NAMAs) undertaken by developing countries party to the
United Nations framework convention on climate change. It
analyzes goals, outcomes, and institutional prerequisites
underlying various proposals to determine how a NAMA
mechanism could work in international climate cooperation.
The different proposals for how NAMA shall be designed
relate to three basic effort-sharing arrangements in a future
climate regime: binding commitments for all Parties, purely
voluntary commitments for all, and legally binding commitments
for Annex I countries but voluntary ones for others.
We conclude that a NAMA registry could be designed so as
initially to suit all three types of effort-sharing regimes. The
article identifies three areas of potential common ground in a
registry irrespective of effort-sharing type: the principle of
common but differentiated responsibilities, the sustainable
development objectives of the Convention, and the need for
a systemic transition toward low-carbon energy technologies.
Royal Swedish Academy of Science , 2012. Vol. 41, no S1, 56-67 p.
funding agencies|Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra)| 2003-194 |Swedish Energy Agency||