Three Key Elements of Post-2012 International Climate Policy Architecture

23 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2010 Last revised: 5 Aug 2010

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Sheila M. Olmstead

LBJ School of Public Affairs; Resources for the Future

Robert N. Stavins

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); Resources for the Future; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: June 18, 2010

Abstract

We describe three essential elements of an effective post-2012 international global climate policy architecture: a means to ensure that key industrialized and developing nations are involved in differentiated but meaningful ways; an emphasis on an extended time path of targets; and inclusion of flexible market-based policy instruments to keep costs down and facilitate international equity. This architecture is consistent with fundamental aspects of the science, economics, and politics of global climate change; addresses specific shortcomings of the Kyoto Protocol; and builds upon the foundation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Keywords: global climate change, global warming, policy architecture, Kyoto Protocol

JEL Classification: Q54, Q58, Q48, Q39

Suggested Citation

Olmstead, Sheila M. and Stavins, Robert N., Three Key Elements of Post-2012 International Climate Policy Architecture (June 18, 2010). HKS Working Paper No. RWP10-030. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1629384

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