Why Bhutan Needs to Adopt Enforcement Infrastructure to Meet its Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals?

23 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2018

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Tshering Dolkar

Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law - Bhutan Law Network

Date Written: May 2018

Abstract

Bhutan gained a lot of international attention during the Paris Agreement when it pledged to remain carbon neutral and when it declared to the world that it is the only carbon negative country in the world. However, despite being a carbon negative country and despite its pledge to remain as carbon neutral, Bhutan is still experiencing an increase in emissions of greenhouse gas at an alarming rate. My paper asserts that Bhutanese Government are not meeting its pledge to remain carbon neutral made during the international climate change treaties. My paper further contends that in order to fulfil the commitments and also the missions it has set for the country, considering the climate change challenges it is facing currently, Bhutan should act now! If the Bhutanese government let the current trend to continue, it is certain that it would not be able to fulfil its commitments made in the international climate change treaties as well as the missions it has set for itself. I conclude my paper by giving suggestions to the Bhutanese Government by claiming that it is necessary for Bhutan to amend its inadequate laws, enacting procedural laws, guidelines for implementation, setting up mandatory National Emission Reporting Requirement for industries, making environmental information and cases available to the public, getting rid of vehicle quota and by levying heavy taxes on the vehicle importing companies.

Keywords: Bhutan, greenhouse gas, emissions, environment, GLOF, Paris Agreement

Suggested Citation

Dolkar, Tshering, Why Bhutan Needs to Adopt Enforcement Infrastructure to Meet its Greenhouse Gas Emission Goals? (May 2018). Bhutan Law Network / JSW Law Research Paper Series No. 18-2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3263536 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3263536

Tshering Dolkar (Contact Author)

Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law - Bhutan Law Network ( email )

PO Box 1533
Taba, Thimphu
Bhutan

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