Global Governance, Responsibility and a New Climate Regime

Andreas Oberheitmann and Eva Sternfeld

in China's responsibility for climate change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9781847428134
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301844 | DOI:
Global Governance, Responsibility and a New Climate Regime

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This chapter analyses the implications for China of a new post-Kyoto climate change regime based on cumulative per-capita CO2 emissions. Nearly half of the global increase in carbon emissions over the last decade has come from China alone. Great importance must be attached to China's environmental and energy policies and its involvement in shaping the post-Kyoto climate change regime. The chapter describes several proposals for post-Kyoto regimes which have been discussed internationally, showing that all of them have drawbacks. For example, the biggest disadvantage of approaches taken so far is that they fail to make allowance for the fact that China is becoming increasingly responsible for future concentrations of CO2 which are now accumulating in the atmosphere. Nevertheless, those approaches employ a fair mechanism for allocating emissions rights in terms of per-capita allowances.

Keywords: China; CO2 emissions; carbon emissions; energy policy; climate change; emissions rights

Chapter.  8328 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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