Risk Management in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) – The Potential of Sustainability Labels
There is a danger that the CDM will fail to live up to its goals, namely reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced sustainable development. Sustainability labeling is a promising strategy to hedge against such failures. Labels could also serve as a business risk-hedging tool. The existing labels for the CDM are not comprehensive enough, however. A two-tiered stakeholder participatory approach with national flexibility under an international umbrella could be a promising option. Due to the necessary bureaucracy this might not be feasible. Labels in the spirit of the existing approaches – addressing only restricted aspects of sustainability or not applicable to all sectors may be a second best option. Other instruments for the further regulation of the CDM, such as a profit tax, should therefore be discussed as well.
|Date of creation:||20 Sep 2006|
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|Publication status:||Forthcoming in Climate change, Sustainable Development and Risk - an Economic and Business View, Antes, R., Hansjürgens, B., Zabel, H.-U. (eds.), 2007, Springer.|
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