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Emission budget approaches for burden sharing: some thoughts from an environmental economics point of view


  • Markus Ohndorf


  • Julia Blasch
  • Renate Schubert


In this paper, we examine budget approaches as a device for burden sharing in mitigating climate change. The purpose of this comment is twofold: First, we provide an overview over the general concept of budget approaches and investigate into the role of such approaches within the current climate negotiations. Second, as these approaches have an obvious normative dimension, we discuss some of the issues raised by Schuppert and Seidel ( 2015 ) in this Special Issue from the stance of an environmental economist. We highlight that budget approaches may serve as a tool to communicate the urgency of action against climate change and to remind representatives from industrialized countries of their responsibility in the historical sense as well as in terms of ability-to-pay. This even holds when the allocation of national emission shares is based on relatively easy-to-calculate sharing rules that can potentially serve as normative heuristics. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015

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  • Markus Ohndorf & Julia Blasch & Renate Schubert, 2015. "Emission budget approaches for burden sharing: some thoughts from an environmental economics point of view," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 133(3), pages 385-395, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:climat:v:133:y:2015:i:3:p:385-395
    DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1442-y

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    1. Marco Grasso, 2012. "Sharing the Emission Budget," Political Studies, Political Studies Association, vol. 60(3), pages 668-686, October.
    2. MacKenzie, Ian A. & Ohndorf, Markus, 2012. "Cap-and-trade, taxes, and distributional conflict," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 63(1), pages 51-65.
    3. Held, Hermann & Kriegler, Elmar & Lessmann, Kai & Edenhofer, Ottmar, 2009. "Efficient climate policies under technology and climate uncertainty," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(Supplemen), pages 50-61.
    4. Fabian Schuppert & Christian Seidel, 2015. "Equality, justice and feasibility: an ethical analysis of the WBGU’s budget approach," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 133(3), pages 397-406, December.
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    1. Dominic Roser & Christian Huggel & Markus Ohndorf & Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, 2015. "Advancing the interdisciplinary dialogue on climate justice," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 133(3), pages 349-359, December.
    2. repec:gam:jsusta:v:11:y:2019:i:15:p:4013-:d:251351 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Fabian Schuppert & Christian Seidel, 2017. "Feasibility, normative heuristics and the proper place of historical responsibility—a reply to Ohndorf et al," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 140(2), pages 101-107, January.

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