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COP 17: What Role for South Africa as an Agent of Change?

"South Africa, in partnership with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), will play a key role in managing the 17th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 17) intergovernmental negotiations from 28 November to 5 December 2011....

Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change in the City of Cape Town

"The 20th century has seen the greatest warning in the past thousand years due to anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2001b). Climate models now predict that the atmosphere’s temperature ...

Emissions Trading as a Policy Option for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in South Africa

"This paper is an initial study of ET, and its application to South Africa as a domestic emissions mitigation policy instrument. Whilst broad findings emerge from the guidance of theory and lessons from existing ETS implemented internationally, mo...

Aligning South African Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Policy

"This paper considers the alignment of energy policy in South Africa with the Cabinet’s mitigation vision of a ‘peak, plateau and decline’ greenhouse gas emissions trajectory to 2050. First, the term ‘policy’ is defined as having a number of compo...

Industrial Efficiency as an Economic Development Strategy for South Africa

"South Africa is a developing country that currently has no obligation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol. Moreover, with an unemployment rate of 30% or more, the focus of most South African devel...

Carbon Footprint of the University of Cape Town

"Determining the University’s carbon footprint is seen as a critical step in achieving the goal of sustainability at it. Knowing the University’s carbon footprint will not only give a tangible value with which its carbon footprint can be compared...

What Factors Influence Mitigative Capacity?

"This article has sought to build on Yohe’s seminal piece on mitigative capacity, which elaborates ‘determinants’ of mitigative capacity, also reflected in the IPCC’s third assessment. We propose a revised definition, where mitigative capacity is...

Climate Change and Developing Countries

"This article takes stock of current knowledge of climate change and the response to this major problem affecting the environment and economic development. It begins with a brief review of climate change science and impacts as assessed by the Int...

Future Mitigation Commitments: Differentiating Among Non-Annex I Countries

"International climate policy is at a crossroads. The entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol marked an important step in international climate policy. At the same time, there is a lively debate on options for the mid- and long-term development of ...

Developing Institutions for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): African Perspectives

"The clean development mechanism (CDM) is a project-based mechanism that allows industrialized countries to meet part of their emission reduction targets by investing in developing countries. The Marrakech Accords launched the CDM in principle, ...

Analysis of the Economic Implications of a Carbon Tax

"Why might South Africa consider a carbon tax? The purpose would be to reduce greenhouse gas(GHG)emissions. A carbon tax would achieve this through two broad effects – a demand effect, reducing energy demand due to higher prices, and a substituti...

Carbon Capture and Storage in South Africa

"South Africa, a developing country with an energy economy dominated by coal, has potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Given its strong commitment to sustainable development, the country may want tounderstand the implications of this cl...

Putting a Price on Carbon : Economic Instruments to Mitigate Climate Change in South Africa and Other Developing Countries

"The papers in this proceedings address a variety of themes in this area: emissions trading, carbon taxes, fiscal and non-fiscal instruments, policy and institutional dimensions, and lessons from the Clean Development Mechanism. There has been e...

Long Term Mitigation Scenarios Technical Report

"South Africa is an active participant in the international process of combating climate change and regulating the emissions of greenhouse gases. We are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change as well as the Kyoto ...

Energy Development and Climate Change: Decarbonising Growth in South Africa

"This paper presents a case study of human development and climate change in South Africa. It starts by outlining the key development challenges that the country faces and the history of recent responses in development policy. Section 2 hones in o...

Analysis of the Economic Implications of a Carbon Tax

"Why might South Africa consider a carbon tax? The purpose would be to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A carbon tax would achieve this through two broad effects – a demand effect, reducing energy demand due to higher prices, and a substitut...

Economics of Climate Change: Context and Concepts Related to Mitigation

"Climate change is increasingly seen as not only an environmental issue, but a deeply economic one. ‘Climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest and widest ranging market failure ever seen’. Markets are failing to ...

The Effect of Response Measures to Climate Change on South Africa’s Economy and Trade

"The South African economy derives much of its growth from production related to the energy intensive sectors of its economy. As a non-Annex-I country, South Africa has no binding commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas(GHG)emissions by a quantifi...

The Governance of Climate Finance in Africa, Asia and Latin America : Some Critical Reflections

"Climate finance,if democratically governed, can play an important role in assisting vulnerable peoples and communities to withstand and adapt to the impacts of climate change. As the climate finance regime is developing, this policy brief exp...

Operationalising an Equity Reference Framework in the Climate Change Regime Legal and Technical Perspectives

"This paper identifies legal, architectural and technical options for the operationalisation of the ERF in climate change regime. Section 2 of this paper outlines the design of the process by which the ERF, which contains technical and diplomat...

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