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Post-2012 climate policy dilemmas: a review of proposals




This article assesses a wide range of alternative proposals for post-2012 international climate policy regimes. We believe that these proposals will serve as a basis for debates about how to configure post-2012 climate policy. The article characterizes and assesses the policy proposals along the lines of five key policy dilemmas. We argue that (1) many proposals have ideas on how to reduce emissions, but fewer have a solution on how to stimulate technical innovation; (2) many proposals formulate climate policy in isolation, while there are fewer proposals that try to mainstream climate policies in other policy areas; (3) many proposals advocate market-based solutions, while fewer realize that there are certain drawbacks to this solution especially at the international level; (4) most proposals have a preference for a UN-based regime, while a more fragmented regime, based on regional and sectoral arrangements may be emerging; and (5) most proposals have ideas about mitigation, but not many have creative ideas on how to integrate mitigation with adaptation.

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  • Onno Kuik & Jeroen Aerts & Frans Berkhout & Frank Biermann & Jos Bruggink & Joyeeta Gupta & Richard S.J. Tol, 2008. "Post-2012 climate policy dilemmas: a review of proposals," Climate Policy, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 8(3), pages 317-336, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:tcpoxx:v:8:y:2008:i:3:p:317-336
    DOI: 10.3763/cpol.2007.0333

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    1. Aviel Verbruggen, 2011. "Preparing the design of robust climate policy architectures," International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 11(4), pages 275-295, November.
    2. Forin, Silvia & Radebach, Alexander & Steckel, Jan Christoph & Ward, Hauke, 2018. "The effect of industry delocalization on global energy use: A global sectoral perspective," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 70(C), pages 233-243.
    3. Robert Falkner & Hannes Stephan & John Vogler, 2010. "International climate policy after Copenhagen: towards a ´┐Żbuilding blocks´┐Ż approach," GRI Working Papers 21, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
    4. Hans Gersbach & Quirin Oberpriller & Martin Scheffel, 2019. "Double Free-Riding in Innovation and Abatement: A Rules Treaty Solution," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 73(2), pages 449-483, June.

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