Carbon Reduction in the Post-Kyoto era. Have we progressed? A comparison

Carbon Reduction in the Post-Kyoto era. Have we progressed? A comparison In a fragmented global environment, the efforts of state and non-state actors are important in assessing the state of play on climate change mitigation actions around the world. This article will consider from a comparative perspective the various legislative models for addressing climate change and the reduction of GHG emissions with particular focus on the EU, USA, Australia and Switzerland. As legal developments are not limited to legislative schemes, this article will examine the voluntary carbon offset market and other trade related solutions to GHG emissions which have emerged in the absence of mandatory limitation systems. Also warranting attention are the actions of private parties in common law jurisdictions to bring legal proceedings against power companies for damage caused by climate change. Together, these developments demonstrate that climate change abatement is not the sole remit of the legislature. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Journal of Comparative Law Brill

Carbon Reduction in the Post-Kyoto era. Have we progressed? A comparison

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Brill
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© 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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ISSN
2211-9051
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2211-906X
DOI
10.1163/2211906X-00101001
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Abstract

In a fragmented global environment, the efforts of state and non-state actors are important in assessing the state of play on climate change mitigation actions around the world. This article will consider from a comparative perspective the various legislative models for addressing climate change and the reduction of GHG emissions with particular focus on the EU, USA, Australia and Switzerland. As legal developments are not limited to legislative schemes, this article will examine the voluntary carbon offset market and other trade related solutions to GHG emissions which have emerged in the absence of mandatory limitation systems. Also warranting attention are the actions of private parties in common law jurisdictions to bring legal proceedings against power companies for damage caused by climate change. Together, these developments demonstrate that climate change abatement is not the sole remit of the legislature.

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Global Journal of Comparative LawBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: climate change; carbon reduction; legislative/non-legislative schemes; comparison

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