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Sustainability 2011, 3(4), 632-648;

A Turbo Drive for the Global Reduction of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions

University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, BE-2000 Antwerp, Belgium
Received: 25 October 2010 / Revised: 19 March 2011 / Accepted: 28 March 2011 / Published: 7 April 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Policy on Climate Equity)
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The Copenhagen Accord performed a seizure in the COP ungainly crawl. The Accord’s urgent combat against climate change and deep cuts in emissions require a policy reversal, ending the zero sum games on pledged caps, creating clarity on immediate marching directions and eliciting worldwide action by today’s operational institutes at all levels. For reducing energy-related CO2 emissions, all turbo drive components are available. First the global 2 °C ceiling needs translation into, by country, marching directions and indicative future paths of their national average CO2 emissions per person. The latter intensity indicator is the product of three driving intensities: wealth per person, energy used for wealth production, and CO2 emissions of energy use, all observed annually for virtually all countries in the world. Second, parties should commit to nearby year improvements on the three driving intensities. Third, transfers from rich to poor countries depend on ability to pay and on ability to spend, and on countries’ mitigation progress. The approach dissolves main barriers to mitigation progress, like: outdated emissions baselines; illusory global instruments; bureaucratic MRV (monitoring, reporting and verification) concepts; blocked graduation of parties; unclear transfer mechanisms. In revamping the jammed COP rituals, UNFCCC now leaves operations to established global institutes and mainly to the parties acting in common resolve, stimulated and verified by a lightweight, transparent global framework. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate policy architecture; emissions reduction targets; intensity performance indicators climate policy architecture; emissions reduction targets; intensity performance indicators
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Verbruggen, A. A Turbo Drive for the Global Reduction of Energy-Related CO2 Emissions. Sustainability 2011, 3, 632-648.

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