Epilogue: after the Kyoto conference

Shizuka Oshitani

in Global Warming Policy in Japan and Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719069383
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701546 | DOI:
Epilogue: after the Kyoto conference

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The adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in December 1997 brought global warming politics to the next stage. With legally binding reduction targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions allocated to developed countries and, as many of them had failed to control their carbon dioxide emissions, efforts at reducing GHG emissions were strengthened in many developed liberal democracies. This epilogue examines major policy developments in Britain and Japan and discusses the implications for the main findings in this book. The change of government in Britain in May 1997, when the Labour Party won the general election with a landslide after eighteen years of Conservative government, also provides an interesting test of whether and to what degree British policy characteristics are the consequences of deep-seated state orientations underpinning its institutions or specific party ideologies. Climate policy and politics in Japan are also considered, along with the country's green automobile taxation, energy-related taxation and spending, renewable energy portfolio standards, climate change levy package in Britain, and emissions trading in Britain and the European Union.

Keywords: Britain; Japan; climate policy; global warming; emissions trading; renewable energy; climate change; green automobile taxation; greenhouse gas emissions; Kyoto Protocol

Chapter.  13981 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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