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The ambitions in Copenhagen Pledges: Country case studies of drivers and barriers
Mälardalens högskola, Akademin för ekonomi, samhälle och teknik / IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.
2013 (English)In: Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management, ISSN 2043-0779, Vol. 3, no 1-2, 21-36 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The climate pledges under the Copenhagen Accord have been evaluated by researchers in quantitative terms, but less attention has been provided on insights into what drove countries and what political barriers impeded countries to submit a pledge and the ambitiousness of the pledges. This article therefore highlights what the drivers and barriers are under the Copenhagen Accord and assesses whether the political considerations can be expected to differ from the positions under a binding climate regime under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. By means of case studies the research finds that the political origin differs and in general views that the Accord is viewed as adding to transparency and legitimacy of the negotiations. Moreover, while the pledges can be viewed as a separate regime, it should be complemented by emissions trading to spur increased ambition. The research also identifies that the pledges are commonly viewed as binding and that barriers are increasingly viewed as drivers seeing that costs of climate action is viewed as lower than inaction.

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2013. Vol. 3, no 1-2, 21-36 p.
Keyword [en]
UNFCCC, Copenhagen Accords, Pledges, Drivers, Barriers, Ambition
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Climate Research Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103335DOI: 10.1080/20430779.2013.812010OAI: diva2:688506
Available from: 2014-01-17 Created: 2014-01-17 Last updated: 2014-01-17Bibliographically approved

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