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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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The global climate change regime

The global climate change regime

(p.73) 4 The global climate change regime
Global Energy

Joanna Depledge

Oxford University Press

The urgency of responding to global climate change is an inescapable feature of the global energy landscape. The international community has agreed to limit global temperature rise to 2 °C from preindustrial levels, and this cannot be done without major transformations in the energy sector. This chapter examines the impact of the international response to climate change, based on the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, on the energy sector to date. In particular, it describes and analyses the ‘ambition gap’, whereby the goal of 2 °C is not matched by corresponding emission targets, and explores other features of the climate change regime, including the CDM and methodological decisions, that are relevant to the energy field. Finally, it examines the likelihood of climate change emerging as the major driver of decision-making on energy, as the science would seem to require.

Keywords:   climate regime, climate negotiations, Kyoto Protocol, ambition gap, emission targets

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