Unilateral measures and emissions mitigation

Chatterji, S., Ghosal, S. , Walsh, S. and Whalley, J. (2014) Unilateral measures and emissions mitigation. In: Stern, N., Bowen, A. and Whalley, J. (eds.) The Global Development Post-Durban of Policy Regimes to Combat Climate Change. Series: The tricontinental series on global economic issues (4). World Scientific: London, pp. 181-223. ISBN 9789814551847 (doi: 10.1142/9789814551854_0008)

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We discuss global climate mitigation that builds on existing unilateral measures to cut emissions. We document the extent of these measures and discuss the rationale arguing that such measures have the potential to generate positive spillover effects both within and across countries. We argue that while single countries on their own may never get to the point of switching completely to low emission activities, a learning process with positive spillovers across nations is more likely to deliver a global switch to low emissions. We also discuss the key features of a new global intellectual property (IP) regime that builds on the positive spillovers inherent in unilateral initiatives and accelerates global convergence to low emissions.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ghosal, Professor Sayantan
Authors: Chatterji, S., Ghosal, S., Walsh, S., and Whalley, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Publisher:World Scientific

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