National climate change legislation: The key to more ambitious international agreements?
National climate change legislation: The key to more ambitious international agreements? / Terry Townshend and Adam Matthews. GLOBE International and Climate & Development Knowledge Network, July 2013, 8 p.
This report urges readers to look beyond what happens within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – where countries are negotiating toward a new climate treaty. The authors assess how the building blocks for ambition within the UNFCCC are laid at home.
They argue that countries with lively policy debates around climate change and ambitious domestic legislation (here defined in terms of targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions) carry that ambition over into the international arena. They show how a range of countries, their primary examples being South Korea, Mexico, and the UK, have enacted robust domestic targets and gone on to champion collective action… read more