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Innovation in Energy Law and TechnologyDynamic Solutions for Energy Transitions$
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Donald Zillman, Lee Godden, LeRoy Paddock, and Martha Roggenkamp

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198822080

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198822080.001.0001

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Climate Change Legislation

Climate Change Legislation

Law for Sound Climate Policy Making

(p.23) 2 Climate Change Legislation
Innovation in Energy Law and Technology

Barry Barton

Jennifer Campion

Oxford University Press

Climate change is a particularly difficult policy problem, being long term and multifaceted. This chapter explores the proposition that well-crafted laws make it easier to make climate change policy that is coordinated, systematic, durable, and likely to encourage suitable energy innovation. Without dictating content, it identifies five elements for such legislation: greenhouse gas targets that have legal significance; instruments such as carbon budgets that impel early action towards long-term targets; requirements to identify the policies and measures that will reach those targets; requirements for decision makers in different sectors to pursue climate change targets; and rules for the information base. It concludes that laws reflecting these elements can improve the process of climate change policy making.

Keywords:   climate change legislation, law for sound climate and energy transition, energy law policy making, well-crafted laws and climate change policy, elements of effective climate legislation

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