New Climate Policy Paper
In a new Discussion Paper, the Harvard Project examines the role of linkage among emissions-reduction policies in the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change.
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"A Pre-Lima Scorecard for Evaluating which Countries are Doing Their Fair Share in Pledged Carbon Cuts"
The authors explore a novel approach to evaluating the ambition and fairness of countries' voluntary pledges to reduce emissions. This approach could facilitate negotiations at the upcoming UN climate conference in Lima—and the broader process leading to a new 2015 international climate agreement.
November 18, 2014
Panelists will discuss how the new international agreement to be concluded in Paris, in December 2015 at COP-21, might either facilitate or impede linkage—not only among cap-and-trade systems, but among cap-and-trade, carbon tax, and non-market regulatory systems. This is an important topic, as linkage has the potential to increase the cost-effectiveness, political feasibility, and environmental effectiveness of regional, national, and sub-national climate policies. The event is co-hosted by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Arizona State University, and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.
November 18, 2014
Panelists will discuss the "energy-efficiency gap"—that is, the apparent gap, suggested by research, between the rate at which energy-efficient technologies are actually adopted and the rate at which we expect them to be adopted, based on expected private financial returns to investment in these technologies. As energy efficiency is often put forward as an important approach to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, an understanding of the energy-efficiency gap is relevant to climate-change policy.
By Todd D. Gerarden, Richard G. Newell, Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Improving end-use energy efficiency—that is, the energy-efficiency of individuals, households, and firms as they consume energy—is often cited as an important element in efforts to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. Arguments for improving energy efficiency usually rely on the idea that energy-efficient technologies will save end users money over time and thereby provide low-cost or no-cost options for reducing GHG emissions. However, some research suggests that energy-efficient technologies appear not to be adopted by consumers and businesses to the degree that would seem justified, even on a purely financial basis.
October 6, 2014
By Louisa Lund
Is EPA's proposal for regulating carbon emissions from existing sources a reasonable interpretation of the Clean Air Act, likely to lead to significant environmental benefits at reasonable economic cost, or is it an overly complex overreach, likely to be overturned by the courts or abandoned by a future president? In a discussion moderated by Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government Robert Stavins, David Doniger of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Jeffrey Holmstead of Bracewell & Giuliani discussed their differing views of EPA's proposed rule.
September 30, 2014
The Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has appointed Jairam Ramesh as a fall 2014 Fisher Family Fellow. The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements is also supporting Mr. Ramesh as a Visiting Scholar. Mr. Ramesh is the former Minister of Environment and Forests for India—and India's Chief Climate Negotiator. A Member of the upper house of India's Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Ramesh was chief climate negotiator for India during the late 2000's. He has been a leading figure in international climate diplomacy for years.
September 24, 2014
By Robert C. Stowe, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program; Manager, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
The Harvard Project co-sponsored a symposium in New York on Sept. 22, 2014 exploring the role of linkage in a new international climate agreement.