Chasing Down the Climate Change Footprint of the Public and Private Sectors: Forces Converge - Part I

Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 281-321, 2007

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/39

48 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2008  

Rosemary Lyster

University of Sydney - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

In this article, the author draws attention to the fact that the climate change net is being drawn increasingly tighter around the public and private sectors in order to chase down their climate change footprint. Set in the context of the Stern Review Report and the 2007 IPCC Reports, the author reviews: climate legislation which is seeking to impose deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions; the emergence of climate change litigation; corporate governance obligations for climate change; and the responsibilities for climate change arising as a result of corporate social responsibility. In particular, the role, and power, of institutional investors to require action and disclosure is examined.

Keywords: climate change, climate legislation, climate change litigation, liability of corporations, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, Carbon Disclosure Project, institutional investors

JEL Classification: K32, K30, K10, N50, N57, Q20, Q28, M14

Suggested Citation

Lyster, Rosemary, Chasing Down the Climate Change Footprint of the Public and Private Sectors: Forces Converge - Part I (April 2008). Environmental and Planning Law Journal, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 281-321, 2007; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 08/39. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1120684

Rosemary Lyster (Contact Author)

University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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