Goal Setting in Environmental Decision Making
Environmental Decision Making (Robert Glicksman & LeRoy Paddock eds., Edward Elgar, 2016, Forthcoming)
23 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 25, 2015
One of the most important questions in the drafting of environmental laws is what goals the laws should achieve. Goals help organize all of the work that is done to implement these laws - standard setting, enforcement, funding, and even allocation of personnel. This chapter explores the variety of overall environmental, social, economic, and even security goals that environmental laws have. It then explains the importance of translating these broad objectives into specific goals based on targets and timetables. Such specific goals make these laws much more effective than they would otherwise be. Such goals are also becoming a central feature of the international effort to address climate change.
Keywords: goals, targets and timetables, sustainable development, United States, European Union, climate change
JEL Classification: K00, K32, Q2, Q3, Q4
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