By Ivan Scrase, Gordon MacKerron (eds.)
Cutting carbon emissions is pressing yet very tough in prosperous democracies. power for the long run analyzes the altering contexts, imperatives and fault traces, and proposes methods forwards. higher public engagement and a brand new method of markets are important, yet conventional matters with power protection and monetary potency can't be set aside.
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18 tonnes. With 18 per cent of the world population, OECD countries are responsible for 49 per cent of global carbon emissions and are overwhelmingly responsible for the historic increase in atmospheric concentrations. 2). Despite decades of rapid economic growth, and despite becoming the world’s largest CO2 emitter overall, China’s per capita emissions are still below the world average and less than half the OECD average. 87 a total primary energy supply m: million; t: tonne; toe: tonnes of oil equivalent; ROW: rest of the world.
This is unlikely to change given the different existing competences spread across numerous agencies at the multilateral and regional levels. It is not essential for such an organisation to exist. Indeed, it could be that the creation of such an organisation would present its own problems, if the experience of other ‘sectoral’ organisations is any guide. Bodies like the International Civil Aviation Organization could be criticised for having become too close to the industries they oversee, with the vested interests in each sector ‘capturing’ their agendas.
In terms of substance, governments will need to develop credible policies that encourage innovation and investment in low carbon technologies, together with substantial behavioural change. This book examines how both of these can be achieved and identifies the implications for industrialised countries such as the UK. The latter was a pioneer in energy market liberalisation, and now defines itself as a leader in the climate change agenda. It therefore provides a valuable case study in several of the chapters in this book.