Integrating Global Climate Change Mitigation Goals with Other Sustainability Objectives: A Synthesis

Posted: 11 Nov 2015

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Christoph von Stechow

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)

David McCollum

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Keywan Riahi

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Jan Minx

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Elmar Kriegler

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)

Detlef P. van Vuuren

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Bilthoven)

Jessica Jewell

Central European University

Carmenza Robledo-Abad

ETH Zürich - Department of Environmental Systems Science

Edgar Hertwich

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Massimo Tavoni

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM); Princeton University - Princeton Environmental Institute

Sevastianos Mirasgedis

National Observatory of Athens - Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development

Oliver Lah

Science Centre North Rhine-Westphalia - Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment & Energy

Joyashree Roy

Jadavpur University - Department of Economics

Yacob Mulugetta

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

Navroz K. Dubash

Center for Policy Research (India)

Johannes C Bollen

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Central European University (CEU)

Ottmar Edenhofer

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC); Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

Achieving a truly sustainable energy transition requires progress across multiple dimensions beyond climate change mitigation goals. This article reviews and synthesizes results from disparate strands of literature on the coeffects of mitigation to inform climate policy choices at different governance levels. The literature documents many potential cobenefits of mitigation for nonclimate objectives, such as human health and energy security, but little is known about their overall welfare implications. Integrated model studies highlight that climate policies as part of well-designed policy packages reduce the overall cost of achieving multiple sustainability objectives. The incommensurability and uncertainties around the quantification of coeffects become, however, increasingly pervasive the more the perspective shifts from sectoral and local to economy wide and global, the more objectives are analyzed, and the more the results are expressed in economic rather than nonmonetary terms. Different strings of evidence highlight the role and importance of energy demand reductions for realizing synergies across multiple sustainability objectives.

Suggested Citation

von Stechow, Christoph and McCollum, David and Riahi, Keywan and Minx, Jan and Kriegler, Elmar and van Vuuren, Detlef P. and Jewell, Jessica and Robledo-Abad, Carmenza and Hertwich, Edgar and Tavoni, Massimo and Mirasgedis, Sevastianos and Lah, Oliver and Roy, Joyashree and Mulugetta, Yacob and Dubash, Navroz K. and Bollen, Johannes C and Ürge-Vorsatz, Diana and Edenhofer, Ottmar, Integrating Global Climate Change Mitigation Goals with Other Sustainability Objectives: A Synthesis (November 2015). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 40, pp. 363-394, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2688500 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-021113-095626

Christoph Von Stechow (Contact Author)

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) ( email )

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David McCollum

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

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Laxenburg, A-2361
Austria

Keywan Riahi

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) ( email )

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Austria

Jan Minx

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) ( email )

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Berlin, 10623
Germany

Elmar Kriegler

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) ( email )

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Germany

Detlef P. Van Vuuren

PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (Bilthoven)

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Bilthoven, 3721 MA
Netherlands

Jessica Jewell

Central European University ( email )

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Budapest, H-1051
Hungary

Carmenza Robledo-Abad

ETH Zürich - Department of Environmental Systems Science

Zürich, 8092
Switzerland

Edgar Hertwich

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) ( email )

Høgskoleringen
Trondheim NO-7491, 7491
Norway

Massimo Tavoni

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) ( email )

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20123 Milan
Italy

Princeton University - Princeton Environmental Institute

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Princeton, NJ 08544-0708
United States

Sevastianos Mirasgedis

National Observatory of Athens - Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development

Penteli, GR-15236
Greece

Oliver Lah

Science Centre North Rhine-Westphalia - Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment & Energy ( email )

Döppersberg 19
Gelsenkirchen, D-45886
Germany

Joyashree Roy

Jadavpur University - Department of Economics

Kolkata, 700032
India

Yacob Mulugetta

University College London - Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP)

London, W1T 6EY
United Kingdom

Navroz K. Dubash

Center for Policy Research (India) ( email )

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Johannes C Bollen

CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis ( email )

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Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Central European University (CEU) ( email )

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Hungary

Ottmar Edenhofer

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) ( email )

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Germany

Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

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Germany

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

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Juni 135
Berlin, 10623
Germany

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