The impact of the unilateral EU commitment on the stability of international climate agreements
AbstractIn this paper we analyze the negotiation strategy of the European Union regarding the formation of an international climate agreement for the post-2012 era. We use game theoretical stability concepts to explore incentives for key players in the climate policy game to join future climate agreements. We compare a minus 20 percent unilateral commitment strategy by the EU with a unilateral minus 30 percent emission reduction strategy for all Annex-B countries. Using a numerical integrated assessment climate-economy simulation model, we find that carbon leakage effects are negligible. Ther EU strategy to reduce emissions by 30% (compared to 1990 levels) by 2020 if other Annex-B countries follow does not induce participation of the USA with a similar 30% reduction commitement. However, the model shows that an appropriate initial allocation of emission allowances may stabilize a larger and more ambitious climate coalition than the Kyoto Protocol in its first commitment period.
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Climate change; Coalition theory; Integrated assessment model; Kyoto protocol;
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- BRECHET, Thierry & EYCKMANS, Johan & GERARD, François & MARBAIX, Philippe, 2008. "The impact of the unilateral EU commitment on the stability of international climate agreements," CORE Discussion Papers 2008061, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
- Bréchet, Thierry & Eyckmans, Johan & Gerard, François & Marbaix, Philippe & Tulkens, Henry & van Ypersele, Jean-Pascal, 2008. "The impact of the unilateral EU commitment on the stability of international climate agreements," Working Papers 2008/43, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
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- C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
- H4 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods
- Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
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