Inter-Linkages: The Kyoto Protocol and the International Trade and Investment Regimes

Overview

In 1997 delegates to the third session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), agreed by consensus to adopt the Kyoto Protocol under which industrialized countries would reduce their combined greenhouse gas emissions by an average 5.2% from their 1992 levels. To have any hope of achieving these emission reductions and averting global climate catastrophe will require a fundamental shift in the way in which energy is produced and...

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Overview

In 1997 delegates to the third session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), agreed by consensus to adopt the Kyoto Protocol under which industrialized countries would reduce their combined greenhouse gas emissions by an average 5.2% from their 1992 levels. To have any hope of achieving these emission reductions and averting global climate catastrophe will require a fundamental shift in the way in which energy is produced and the way it is used.

Inter-linkages examines the Climate Change Convention in the context of potential synergies and conflicts that could arise between it and the World Trade Organization, international investment agreements and private and contractual trade law.

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Nine essays and discussion papers focus on the links between climate- change policy and international trade and investment. The collection seeks to address two needs: both for a greater awareness of the importance and potential sweeping impact of climate change, and also for a broader view on the context of international laws and policies. It sets out issues that remain unresolved in the landmark Kyoto Protocol, looks at the potential role of the private sector, discusses issues related to noncompliance, investigates the relationship of the protocol to international trade regimes (particularly the World Trade Organization), delves into the interrelationships between the protocol and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, and analyzes potential synergies with private investment rules. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810400
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2001
  • Series: Unu Policy Perspectives Series
  • Pages: 281
  • Lexile: 1680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Bradnee Chambers is the senior program officer at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in Yokohama, Japan.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction 1
1 From Kyoto to Buenos Aires and Beyond 7
2 The Role of the Private Sector and Other Non-State Actors in Implementation of the Kyoto Protocol 17
3 Non-Compliance Procedures and the Climate Change Convention 43
4 WTO Rules and Climate Change: the Need for Policy Coherence 69
5 International Trade Law and the Kyoto Protocol: Potential Incompatibilities 87
6 Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Trading and the World Trading System 119
7 Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Trading and the WTO 153
8 Investing in Sustainable Development: The Potential Interaction Between the Kyoto Protocol and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment 191
9 Contractual Aspects of Implementing the Clean Development Mechanism and Other Flexibility Mechanisms Under the Kyoto Protocol 215
App. 1 Summary Explanation of a Standardized Agreement for a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Project 247
Contributors 261
Index 265
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