Economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in South Asia
Economics of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in South Asia: options and costs / Ram Manohar Shrestha, Mahfuz Ahmed, Suphachol Suphachalasai & Rodel Lasco. Asian Development Bank, December 2012, 159 p. (published in March 2013)
Presentation (© ADB) :
South Asia is considered vulnerable to the impacts and consequences of climate change, including sea level rise, melting Himalayan glaciers, and increased frequency of typhoons. Notwithstanding these challenges, sustained and rapid economic growth is necessary for the region to achieve significant poverty reduction, uplift the economic well-being of its people, and increase its resilience to environmental shocks and natural disasters, including those associated with climate change.
Against a backdrop, continuing increase in the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) that are responsible for global climate change, energy consumption and use of fossil fuels in South Asia DMCs are growing rapidly.
This report synthesizes the results of studies conducted under an ADB technical assistance on the Regional Economics of Climate Change in South Asia Phase 1 (RECCSA 1) in five countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. The studies estimated the likely growth of GHG emissions to 2030 under a scenario of expected energy-use mixes, including penetration of some clean technologies, and the impact of a climate policy in the form of a carbon tax to stabilize GHG production at an acceptable level…