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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions through development policies: a framework for analysing policy interventions
Center for Climate Science and Policy Research and Department of Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University.
Finnish Environment Institute.
Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm Environment Institute.
2012 (English)In: Climate and Development, ISSN 1756-5529, Vol. 4, no 3, 175-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Creating incentives to promote sustainable development with climate benefits as side effects is the aim of several policy proposals in international politics. Recently, such proposals surface in the negotiations of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions by developing countries (NAMAs). We label such policy instruments Sustainable Development – Policies and Measures (SD-PAMs) after a previously proposed mechanism in the negotiations. In this article an approach for analysing such policy proposals before they have been adopted is developed. The approach is based on reconstructing intervention theories of the proposal(s), highlighting the assumptions about the leverage mechanisms through which change is supposed to occur and the assumptions about the actions through which the interventions are presumed to be implemented. The use of value chains is applied to identify what aspects of a socio-technical system the policies and measures are targeting. Provided international and national institutions to register, control and support implementation, SD-PAMs are expected to provide incentive to voluntary mitigation actions and provide increased possibilities of financing or access to new technologies for implementation. SD-PAMs incentivized by the carbon credits require a too intricate institutional framework to make it effective, compared to those aiming for funding or technology transfer.

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2012. Vol. 4, no 3, 175-186 p.
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Climate Research
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Natural Resources Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83141DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2012.698587OAI: diva2:574151
Available from: 2012-12-04 Created: 2012-12-04 Last updated: 2012-12-17Bibliographically approved

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