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Creating Legal Pathways to a Zero-Carbon Future

Creating Legal Pathways to a Zero Carbon Future Legal and Policy Responses to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment, in 46 ELR 10780 (2016).

Widener Law Commonwealth Research Paper No. 15-24

12 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2015 Last revised: 22 Jun 2017

John C. Dernbach

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School

Date Written: September 19, 2015

Abstract

This paper provides an overview of the challenge of achieving a zero carbon future, as well as the way in which sustainable development would frame the decision-making process for doing so. It then reviews major reports by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project and the World Bank that describe overall approaches at the global and national levels for meeting the zero carbon objective. Finally, using the United States as an example, it describes ways to identify and create legal pathways to that objective for the U.S., building on the insights of these two reports. Creating possible legal pathways could help accelerate the transition the transition to a sustainable energy future for the U.S. and other countries.

Keywords: climate change, decarbonization, zero carbon, global warming, Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, Paris Agreement

JEL Classification: K19, K32

Suggested Citation

Dernbach, John C., Creating Legal Pathways to a Zero-Carbon Future (September 19, 2015). Creating Legal Pathways to a Zero Carbon Future Legal and Policy Responses to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment, in 46 ELR 10780 (2016).; Widener Law Commonwealth Research Paper No. 15-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2684065

John C. Dernbach (Contact Author)

Widener University - Commonwealth Law School ( email )

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Harrisburg, PA 17110-9380
United States

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